Macaroni meatballs

Macaroni meatballs: A hearty family meal. Image: Asande Mpila

Macaroni meatballs – Comfort food at its best

Craving a hearty meal oozing gooey cheddar cheese? Try our macaroni meatballs recipe; it is so satisfying.

Macaroni meatballs

Macaroni meatballs: A hearty family meal. Image: Asande Mpila

We all need some hearty meals from time to time, even in summer. This macaroni meatballs recipe is such a comforting meal loaded with incredibly delicious flavours.

This recipe includes the method to prepare mouth-watering meatballs, macaroni and a rich, luxurious cheese sauce. The combination of these three components results in a lip-smackingly delicious meal.

Ready in about one hour, this flavour-packed meal is quick and easy to prepare. This recipe oozes gooey cheddar cheese, so if you are a cheese connoisseur, you will fall in love with this hearty feast.

If you are having large crowds at your home this holiday season, this macaroni meatballs recipe will come in handy. It is enough for 10 people. However, they may all request second portions so make double the recipe if you have many hungry tummies to feed.

Try out some new hearty dishes this season and witness the delight on your guests’ faces. Let us know in the comments of this recipe if you have tried it out.

Macaroni meatballs recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Asande Mpila Course: MainCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

50

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

Ingredients

  • Meatballs
  • 1 kg ground beef

  • ½ cup bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 egg

  • Macaroni and cheese sauce
  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 1 package macaroni

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups milk

  • 3 cups grated Cheddar cheese, divided

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Method

  • Meatballs
  • Heat the oven to 180°C.
  • Line a 13 x 9-inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients.
  • Shape the mixture into 24 (1½-inch) meatballs.
  • Place 1 inch apart in the pan.
  • Bake uncovered 18 to 22 minutes or until the temperature reaches 180°C and is no longer pink in the centre.
  • Macaroni and cheese sauce
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with 1 teaspoon butter.
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook the macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat while the macaroni is cooking. Add flour and whisk until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in a little milk and continue whisking until the sauce thickens; it takes about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in 2 cups Cheddar cheese; whisk until melted. Season the sauce with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  • Drain the macaroni and spread it evenly in the prepared baking dish.
  • Cover it with the meatballs and cheese sauce. Do the same thing again. Mix well and sprinkle the remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese on top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted, about 30 minutes.
  • Turn on the oven’s broiler and broil until a golden crust forms on top, about 3 minutes. Then it is ready to be served.

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