This dinner rocked my world. ROCKED IT. It was so good in fact, that we had it twice in one week (I hardly ever repeat a meal ever, much less twice in one week!) These meatballs were just so perfect that I wanted to call the people at Taste of Home magazine and tell them I love them for including this recipe in their magazine. My hubby and both of my kids thought they were delicious too. My little girl even told my mom that her new favorite food was her mommy's meatballs. So sweet!
Ok...I'm done gushing. We used these meatballs as little slider sandwiches but they would be very, very yummy on top of pasta too. Next time, I'm going to serve them spaghetti and meatball style. Simple, delicious, totally needs to be on your family's table tonight for dinner.
1 pound of bulk Italian sausage (I used 1/2 a pound of ground beef and 1/2 a pound of sausage...so you could do that too...just don't use all ground beef because you won't get the same results)
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 jar (24 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 jar (8 oz) store bought pesto sauce
12 dinner rolls, split in half
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a medium sized bowl, combine your ground meats together (if you're using more than one). Roll the sausage mixture into a golf ball sized ball. Take about a tablespoon or so of cheese and stuff it inside, smoothing the meat back over the top to seal it in. Place each meatball on a foil lined baking sheet lightly sprayed with Pam. Repeat until all of your meatballs are complete.
Bake meatballs about 16-18 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine your spaghetti sauce and pesto in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the sauce starts to bubble, lower the heat to low, cover and stir occasionally. Once your meatballs are done, add them to your spaghetti-pesto sauce for a couple of minutes.
Take each dinner roll and top it with one meatball and a little extra sauce. And your sliders are done.
I don't know what I enjoyed more...the sausage and cheese meatball or the pesto in my spaghetti sauce...I just enjoyed the whole thing. So yummy, so simple, so versatile. That's how I do dinner.