Tuesday Treats & Titles: Layered Meatball Bake

I’m always on the look-out for easy dinners–fast to make, fast to cook, and with stuff I usually have on hand. Even if I didn’t, I’d add the ingredients to my shopping list. You get all your basic food groups in one helping. What’s better than that?

Total Time: 35 Min.
Prep Time: 10 Min.
Cook Time: 25 Min.
6 servings

Meatballs and peas bake in a casserole topped with savory stuffing and melted cheddar. It’s exactly as crowd-pleasing as it sounds.

What You Need
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1 can (10-3/4 oz.) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
1 pkg. (12 oz.) frozen fully cooked meatballs
2 cups frozen peas
1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Let’s Make It
1 – Heat oven to 400ºF.
2 – Prepare stuffing as directed on package, using the Light Prep directions.
3 – Mix soup and milk and pour in 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Stir in meatballs and peas; top with cheese and stuffing.
4 – Bake 20 to 25 min. or until heated through.

Kitchen Tips
Tip 1 – Make Ahead: Prepare and bake casserole as directed; cool completely. Wrap tightly; freeze up to 1 month. When ready to serve, thaw frozen casserole overnight in refrigerator, then bake (covered) 25 min. or until heated through.

Tip 2 – Variation: Prepare as directed, omitting the milk, using Italian-flavored meatballs, and substituting 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes for the soup and KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese for the cheddar.

Tip 3 – Substitute: Prepare using STOVE TOP Lower Sodium Stuffing Mix for Chicken.

My Food and Family has all the nutritional details. Just click and go. I’m not the only one who likes easy one-dish dinners. Katherine “Kit” Carson is a firefighter. She’s used to firefighter appetites and cooking on the fly. She loves this recipe and her Wolf mate, DHS investigator Derek Alexander, whole-heartedly agrees that there’s no way this meal will crash and burn. 😉 Derek has a tendancy to pop up in odd places. He’s made several cameos in the Moonstruck and Nightrider series. You can read his and Kit’s story–it’s a doozy–in CRASH & BURN. Just click the title or the cover to head on over to grab your copy, or read free with Kindle Unlimited. What about y’all? Are you a meatball fan?

About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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