Healthy, baked, Turkey Meatballs in this delicious Meatball Parmesan casserole. Move over Chicken Parmesan, there’s a new dinner at the table!
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Why This Recipe Works
Everyone loves meatballs! Why not bake them into a casserole with plenty of cheese and spaghetti sauce?
If you’ve never made your own meatballs from scratch, this is the perfect recipe to get you started! Made with ground turkey and parmesan cheese, they’re packed with protein and flavor!
So many ways to enjoy savory seasoned turkey meatballs any night of the week!
Here’s what you need to make Meatball Parmesan Casserole.
- Ground turkey – Lean ground beef works as a substitute.
- Egg – helps bind the meat with the other ingredients.
- Plain breadcrumbs – Store bought or make your own by pulsing plain white bread in the food processor to form fine crumbs. You could also use panko bread crumbs if you prefer a little more texture!
- Italian seasoning – I use the dried herb blend, but the fresh kind that comes in a tube would work fine as well.
- Parmesan cheese – Freshly shredded or grated–not from a shaker!
- Mozzarella cheese – I prefer to buy it in blocks and grate it myself for best taste and consistency.
- Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- Spaghetti sauce – Jarred or try this easy homemade marinara sauce.
How to Make Meatball Casserole
For the meatballs:
- Mix the meatball ingredients together and use your hands to roll them into balls.
- Spread them out onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 -25 minutes.
For the casserole:
- Pour half the jar of sauce into a casserole dish, then top with the baked meatballs, remaining sauce and shredded cheeses.
- Bake the casserole covered with foil for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 5 minutes.
The cheese should be melted and slightly bubbly. Serve hot!
You can bake meatballs ahead of time and then freeze them for later. Freeze the cooled meatballs on the baking sheet for about 30 minutes, then transfer to an airtight container.
When you’re ready to make the casserole, you can add the frozen meatballs right in; you’ll just need to add a few minutes of baking time.
Yes, mozzarella could be used in the meatballs instead of parmesan if preferred.
Sure thing! These meatballs would be delicious with ground beef as well.
Cover the casserole dish with cling plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container. Keep refrigerated until ready to reheat and eat!
You’ll love this meatball casserole all on its own but we also like to mix it up! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Meatball Subs – Slice hoagie rolls in half and toast them before piling them high with the saucy meatballs. Add all your favorite sub toppings and enjoy.
- Instant Pot Spaghetti – Have a classic pasta night and ladle the casserole over cooked spaghetti noodles. Top with extra cheese if desired.
- Zoodles– Serve it up low carb style on zucchini noodles instead of pasta.
With so many delicious ways to enjoy healthy baked Turkey Meatballs, you’ll never run out of meal ideas the whole family loves.
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Meatball Parmesan Casserole
For the meatballs:
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- 3 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 cranks fresh ground black pepper
For the casserole:
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce 24 ounce
- ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- For the meatballs: In large bowl, mix together the meatball ingredients until combined evenly (I use my hands). Roll into 40 balls (about 1 1/2-2 inches).
- Space evenly on prepared baking sheet. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
- For the casserole: Pour half of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 2qt baking dish. Top with meatballs. Pour remaining sauce over meatballs. Top with shredded parmesan and mozzarella.
- Cover with foil and bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.
- Serve as is, or with a pile of pasta. Also great on a sub sandwich!
- Swap out the homemade meatballs for frozen meatballs instead.
- You can bake the meatballs ahead of time and then freeze them for later. Freeze the cooled meatballs on the baking sheet, then transfer to an airtight container. When you’re ready to make the casserole, you can add the frozen meatballs right in; you’ll just need to add a few minutes of baking time.
- These meatballs would be delicious with ground beef as well.
- Cover the casserole dish with cling plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container. Keep refrigerated until ready to reheat and eat!
- See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.