Sunday, July 14, 2013

Meatball Tatertot Casserole




This is the easiest cheater recipe ever. I totally made it up one night when I was suffering from a migraine. Those things steal my days away sometime and I simply can't put a lot of effort into a meal. I still had to feed the family and this is what I dreamed up.

It was a complete shot in the dark. I am sure someone has thought of this before. It is that simple. 

Funny part -- everybody liked it. My son and his friend even went back for seconds. Which is perfect because this is the kind of meal a college boy can easily make on his own someday. I have mentioned before that my son loves meatballs -- especially the frozen precooked meatballs that just need to be heated. Some day in college I know he is going to live off big bags of meatballs. This recipe is a great alternative from meatball subs and spaghetti.

Meatball Tatertot Casserole. 
1 Bag of frozen tatertots
About 20-25 meatballs
2 Cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 20 oz can or larger of spaghetti/marinara sauce
1 red pepper sliced (optional)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 450.
Line a 9x11 casserole dish with foil
Place frozen tater tots on bottom of casserole dish
Top with meatballs
Top with 1 cup cheese
Top with sliced peppers (if using. I only put them on half of the casserole)
Dump spaghetti sauce over the top.
Top with 1 more cup of cheese and  parmesan cheese.

Place in oven and cook 35-45 minutes or until meatballs and tater tots are heated through and cheese is melted.

3 comments:

Melissa Selin said...

Do the meatballs go under or on top of the tater tots?

Rachelle said...

Thanks Melissa. I will go fix that in the directions. They go on top of the tater tots.

Laura Starks said...

guessing the meatballs you use are not frozen (Trader Joes) - that they should be thawed .....

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