Meatball Mac & Cheese

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Comfort food is a staple in my house. Some people have a more stringent definition of what comfort food is – but for me, it’s any food that makes you feel like you are home. Basically any types of food that you can taste the love in. This Meatball Mac & Cheese is exactly that. You can taste the care taken to make the meatballs and love whisked into the simple cheese sauce. It just tastes like home.

Meatball Mac & Cheese

I almost always prefer to combine pork and beef for my meatballs, burgers and meatloaves. They complement each other so well. I also really love using crushed up pork rinds instead of bread crumbs – it helps me stick with my semi-keto lifestyles. I also just like that it gives it just an extra layer of flavor.

Meatball Mac & Cheese

Honestly, being able to scratch make mac and cheese is something every human should conquer. Because, first, it’s really not that hard, and second, everyone needs mac and cheese on a hard day. This is the simplest, tried and true mac & cheese recipe that can be used for so many things. Check in out on a burger in my Mac & Cheese Burger recipe.

Meatball Mac & Cheese

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Meatball Mac & Cheese

Add something extra to the classic mac & cheese with delicious meatballs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked mac & cheese, bakes, casseroles, cheese, mac & cheese, meatballs, Pasta, pasta dishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 lb Short Pasta shells, macaroni, rotini, etc.

For the Meatballs

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 1 cup Pork Rinds crushed
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

For Cheese Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 4 tsp Flour
  • 2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Creame
  • 2 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 400def. Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a bowl, combine meatball ingredients. Form into 1-inch meatballs. Line out on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Put in oven and back for 10 minutes.
  • Add pasta to boiling water. Cook for 4 minutes less than directed on package. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water.
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add butter and garlic powder. Once melted, whisk in flour and cook for 3 minutes. Whisk in chicken broth and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in heavy cream and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in cheese and cook cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add diced tomatoes to 13×9 baking dish. Pour pasta over top. Add cooked meatballs to dish. Pour cheese sauce over and stir to combine. Sprinkle with additional cheese and parsley. Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Let sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

5 thoughts on “Meatball Mac & Cheese

  1. Giangi's Kitchen – Hi! Thank you for stopping by Giangi's Kitchen Blog. I am a working mom, a wife, and a passionate cook. A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to learn how to cook. With no idea of where to start, and having to follow my grandmother, mother and father's foot steps in the kitchen, I decided to grab a cookbook with beautiful pictures and try my best to replicate them. That was the beginnig of a great love affair and an extensive collection of cook books, and dinner parties for friends and family. Then, of course, to an array of dishes, pots and pans and gadgets, that I could problably open my own store. Being a working mom has limited the time that I have to spend in my kitchen during the work week, and as a result I started creating, modifying recipes to allow me to make them in within a 45 minutes time frame. But most of all, I do enjoy cooking for my family, especially my son, who is my most precious food critic, and his openess to all sorts of differents foods, makes my heart filled with happiness every dinner time.
    Giangi's Kitchen says:

    I always mix pork with beef for any meatballs, meatloaf etc… pork gives it such a richness to it. I am in love with this comfort food dish and it is on the books for tonight as I had no idea what to make.
    Thank you for sharing/

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      Exactly! Once I did it once I never went back lol

  2. Sounds delicious! I just made some homemade mac and cheese last night (I snuck in some pureed pumpkin for added creaminess and the boys had no idea I snuck veggies in!).

  3. petra08 – A total foodie, love to grow my own, forage, cook and eat food, cheese is always a favourite! You can also find me on Twitter & Instagram @FoodEatLove!
    petra08 says:

    I always make extra meatballs but have never thought of adding them to my mac & cheese, yum! Happy Fiesta Friday!

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