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This One-Pan Meatball Pizza Skillet Dish is a perfect weeknight dinner the whole family will love or can be served as a perfect dinner for two!
If there is anything I appreciate as a working-mom is a simple and easy weeknight dinner that my family will, not only enjoy but isn’t your typical baked chicken with a vegetable type meal. I’m always looking for a common ingredient and making a completely unexpected dish but makes total sense. For instance, I would’ve never thought about merging meatballs into a pizza-type dish, but doesn’t that make total sense?
When I come up with a dish for my family, I am always looking for something that is easy, delicious, fun and doesn’t require much time. If you are a working parent and work a regular 8-5 as I do, you know by the time you pick up your kids from daycare and get home you have about 2-3 hours to spend time with them before you get them to bed. So, every second count. So using Carando Italian Meatballs in your meal planning makes a lot of sense.
Carando Italian Meatballs is considered a high-quality Italian ingredient. I’ve always seen these perfectly rolled meatballs in my refrigerated section and they always looked so perfect and they are! Not only do these meatballs already come rolled and ready for cooking, but they have great flavor. Carando Italian Meatballs comes in three flavors:
- Abruzzese Italian Style Meatballs
- Sicilian Italian Style Meatballs
- Mozzarella Rustica Italian Style Meatballs
In the One-Pan Meatball Pizza Skillet dish, I used the Abruzzese Italian Style Meatballs, which tastes a lot like your five-star Italian restaurant meatballs.
What’s in this One-Pan Meatball Pizza Skillet Dish?
When making this one-pan recipe, I really wanted to put together all the flavors you can expect in a single bite of pizza. In addition to the meatballs, you will find sliced mushrooms, black olives, onions, green pepper, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese. This is really a dish that you can cook all the ingredients in one pan and serve over a hearty pasta like rigatoni. If you want to add extra pizza flavor, you can dice up some pepperoni and add to the sauce as well. This is a dish my family absolutely loved and that was really creative!
Carando Italian Meatballs aren’t just great for easy dinner recipes like these, but they are also a great choice for entertaining and snacking! As we approach numerous holiday parties, consider using Carando meatballs for your favorite meatball appetizer recipes! I can’t begin to tell you about the flavor that you will love.
One-Pan Meatball Pizza Skillet Dish
Author: Nicole Nared-Washington from Brown Sugar Food Blog
Recipe type: Main
- 2 Packages Carando Abruzzese Italian Meatballs
- 2 tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 oz. sliced mushrooms
- ¼ c. black olives, chopped
- 14 oz pizza sauce
- ½ c. water
- ½ tsp. Oregano
- ½ c. Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 2 ½ c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 8 oz. Rigatoni Pasta, cooked
- In a large and shallow cooking pan, on medium-high heat, add the olive oil and when heated, add the meatballs to the pan and cook on both sides for 5-7 minutes. The meatballs will brown and appear golden brown on all sides.
- Once cooked, remove the meatballs and set aside. Using the remaining oil in the pan, add the diced onion and bell pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Next, add the garlic and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms (canned is fine) and olives and stir into the rest of the ingredients. NOTE: If you are going to add diced pepperoni, you can add them in this stage. About ½ cup of pepperoni should do it.
- Pour the pizza sauce and water in the pan and stir. Add the oregano and stir. Return the meatballs back to the skillet on medium-high heat. Cook for about 10 minutes covered with a lid. Finally, add the parmesan cheese and then mozzarella cheese. Cover with lid again to melt and serve over cooked pasta.
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