Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Loving for an easy spaghetti recipe or homemade meatballs? Thank you to Renee at Joy In Every Season recipe blog for sharing this Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe. If you love good old spaghetti and meatballs, you are going to love this “comfort food” version of that classic spaghetti recipe. In this Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe you get even more oozing, delicious cheese and a dish that is soft in the middle with browned and crispy edges. As Renee notes, this baked spaghetti and meatballs recipe can be prepared earlier in the day so that by dinner time all you have to do is pop it in the oven for 30 minutes while you work on prepping a side salad, veggie side dish or some garlic bread. You may want to have a look at Joy's Caprese Stack Salad recipe while you are on her blog site which would go great with this dish. In this easy spaghetti recipe and homemade meatballs recipe, Renee provides the link to her homemade meatballs recipe. You could always use store bought frozen meatballs if you are short on time, but Renee’s meatball recipe is certainly worth trying. Mix up a huge batch of the meatballs and pop them in the freezer. This way you can take them out and quickly add to recipes like this easy spaghetti recipe and homemade meatballs recipe. If you already have the meatballs cooked that will save you even more time with this recipe.

From a nutrition perspective, if you are watching your saturated fat intake you can choose lean hamburger to make the meatballs or use a mix of different types of meat such as ground pork, chicken or turkey. Red meat, like hamburger, is rich in the nutrient iron, which is needed by your red blood cells to carry oxygen through your body. Meat and poultry are rich in vitamin B12. This vitamin is also needed for healthy red blood cells. If we don’t get enough iron or vitamin B12 we feel tired because our cells are having a hard time getting all the oxygen that they need.

This easy spaghetti recipe and homemade meatballs recipe is prepared and baked in an iron pan. Cast iron cookware is great for cooking and holds heat exceptionally well. If you are lucky, you may have a cast iron pan handed down to you from previous generations, and so it has a nice seasoned finish on the cooking surface. Cast iron gets better with age as each time it is used it gets more and more seasoned if you care for it well. When acidic foods, like the tomato sauce in this recipe, are cooked in an iron pan some iron from the pan will seep into the food. This adds iron to your diet as well. However, cooking acidic foods in your cast iron pan too frequently could eat away at the seasoning over time. Season your pan well after cleaning to keep it in good shape. If you don’t have an iron pan or your pan doesn’t have a strong seasoning on it yet, this easy spaghetti recipe and homemade meatballs recipe can just as easily be made in a glass baking dish, loaf pan or casserole dish. Enjoy this easy and delicious Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe soon! If you are wondering what dessert recipe to pair with this dish may we suggest you have a look at Renee's banana pudding recipe which would add a light creamy finish to the meal.*

Nutrition Facts of Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs by Joy in Every Season
Ingredients: Meatballs, marinara sauce, yellow onion, garlic cloves, Italian seasoning, olive oil, spaghetti, cheese, Parmesan cheese.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings *Per serving: Calories 884, Calories from Fat 514, Total Fat 57.1g 88%, Saturated Fat 23.2g 116%, Cholesterol 164mg 55%, Sodium 1987mg 83%, Potassium 457mg 13%, Carbohydrates 48.5g 16%, Dietary Fiber 6.4g 26%, Sugars 14.0g, Protein 61.6g, Vitamin A 19%, Vitamin C 7%, Calcium 37%, Iron 10%

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