Spicy Meatball Casserole

  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings


1 1/2pounds ground beef
3/4cup soft bread crumbs
3tablespoons milk
1-- egg
1/4cup minced onion
1 1/2teaspoons salt
-- Pepper
1/4teaspoon thyme
1/4teaspoon oregano
1-- garlic clove, crushed
1/4cup margarine
3/4cup onion, chopped
1-- (16-ounce) can tomatoes
1-- (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1-- garlic clove, crushed
1tablespoon parsley flakes
1teaspoon oregano
pinch basil
pinch thyme
1/4cup cooked crumbled bacon
1/2pound spaghetti
1cup small curd cottage cheese
1/2cup sour cream
-- Parmesan cheese


  1. Combine beef, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, minced onion, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and 1 clove garlic.  Shape into balls and cook in margarine.  Drain.  In same skillet saute onion.  Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 clove garlic, parsley flakes, oregano, basil, and thyme.  Add bacon and meatballs.  Simmer covered for 45 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, cook and drain spaghetti.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease 3-quart casserole.  Place one-half of cooked spaghetti in bottom.  Spread with cottage cheese, sour cream and one half of meatball mixture.  Add remaining spaghetti and top with meatball mixture.  Top with Parmesan cheese if desired.  Bake in 350F oven for 30 minutes.

 Recipe reprinted with permission from The Junior League of Little Rock’s Little Rock Cooks (Little Rock, Arkansas 1972).