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Upside-Down Meatball Casserole

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 8

This saucy meatball bake boasts cheesy pockets of seasoned ricotta and is topped with Parmesan-coated biscuits, making the perfect all-in-one meal. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

Meatballs

1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2
cup finely chopped onion
1
teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/3
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
1/3
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4
cup milk
1
egg
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper

Ricotta Mixture and Sauce

1
cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1/3
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4
teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/8
teaspoon salt
1
jar (25.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic roasted garlic pasta sauce

Biscuit Topping

1
can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated Buttermilk biscuits, separated and cut into sixths
2
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2
tablespoons Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
Chopped fresh basil, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In medium bowl, mix all Meatball ingredients. Shape mixture into 28 (1 1/2-inch) balls. Place in ungreased 15x10x1-inch rectangular pan. Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in center; remove from oven, and reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix ricotta cheese, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, the Italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt; mix well.
  • 4
    Spread cooked meatballs in bottom of baking dish. Drop spoonfuls of ricotta mixture between meatballs. In 4-cup glass measuring cup, microwave pasta sauce covered on High 2 to 3 minutes, stirring halfway, until heated through and steaming. Pour heated pasta sauce on top of meatball and ricotta layer.
  • 5
    In large resealable food-storage plastic bag, add biscuit pieces; toss with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and 2 tablespoons bread crumbs, shaking bag to coat. Spread biscuit pieces on top of hot pasta sauce layer; sprinkle any remaining bread crumb mixture on top. Bake 33 to 38 minutes or until biscuits are deep golden brown and baked through. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Top with basil.

Expert Tips

  • Heating the pasta sauce and spreading the biscuits on top of the casserole is required to ensure doneness of biscuits.
  • Save time by preparing your meatballs ahead of time, and make this a quick-and-easy weeknight dinner. Frozen (thawed) meatballs may be substituted, if desired.
  • If necessary, cover casserole with foil the last 5 to 10 minutes of baking to prevent biscuits from getting too brown.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
480
Calories from Fat
210
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
35%
Saturated Fat
10g
49%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
80mg
27%
Sodium
1200mg
50%
Potassium
190mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
43g
14%
Dietary Fiber
2g
10%
Sugars
10g
Protein
25g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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