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Pesto Meatballs with Spaghetti

Pesto Meatballs with Spaghetti

Linda Larsen
Recipes using five ingredients or less are the quickest and easiest to make, no matter what method or appliance you are using. Combine five ingredients with frozen meatballs and you have a meal in a hurry! You can buy frozen precooked meatballs in many varieties, from plain beef to wild rice to chicken to vegetarian, or you can make your own, bake and freeze them, so dinner is ready in minutes.

Since you're using ground meat, make sure that the meatballs are cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F, and use the usual precautions: wash your hands after handling raw meat, refrigerate leftovers promptly, etc. Read tips for making the best meatballs to, well, make the best meatballs.

With just a few more standard ingredients you can make a huge variety of recipes that will satisfy your family - even the kids! Serve these quick and easy dishes with a bagged salad and some crusty bread, and pick five ingredient chocolate recipes for dessert.

Five Ingredient Meatball Recipes

  • Microwave Sweet and Sour Meatballs
    Canned pineapple and apple cider vinegar are the secret ingredients in this super quick and easy microwave recipe.
  • Crockpot Meatball Hoagies
    Just like the hoagies you get at the deli, but much cheaper! You could add some chopped green or red bell peppers if you'd like.
  • Meatball Casserole
    Frozen bell peppers and onions is a great shortcut ingredient to have on hand; not only for stir-fries, but recipes like this.
  • Meatball Skillet
    A rice and vermicelli mix along with sour cream turns meatballs into a stroganoff-like dish that's delicious.
  • Crockpot Meatballs and Gravy
    Use chicken meatballs instead of beef in this hearty and comforting recipe.
  • Easy Crockpot Meatball Soup
    It's really hard to find a recipe easier than this one. Vary it by using your favorite frozen veggies.
  • Meaty Hash Brown Potato Casserole
    Wow, I really love this recipe; it's creamy, flavorful, and pure comfort food. Add baby peas, frozen sliced carrots, or green beans to make it a one-dish meal.
  • Crockpot Meatball and Potato Stew
    You can add any other vegetable to this recipe if you'd like. Try chopped celery, some slices of red bell pepper, or mushrooms. Yum.
  • Pesto Meatballs with Fettuccine
    Purchased pesto and half and half make the perfect sauce for this easy and elegant recipe.
  • Meatball Sub Sandwiches
    Okay, this recipe has six ingredients, but it's so good and so fun to make and eat that I had to include it.
  • Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs
    The spaghetti gets quite soft in this recipe; it really reminds me of Spaghetti-Os.
  • Crockpot Swedish Meatballs
    A creamy sauce envelops tender meatballs in this super easy and comforting recipe. Serve it with rice or mashed potatoes.
  • Meatballs and Spaghetti Meal
    And we'll finish with two five ingredient meals! Yes, with just five ingredients, serve a spaghetti dinner with a fruit salad. Yum.
  • Five Ingredient Meatball Soup Meal
    Frozen cheese tortellini combines with the meatballs and some pasta sauce to make a great easy soup served with a Caesar salad.

Homemade Meatball Recipes

  • Easy Beef Meatballs
    This old-fashioned recipe is so good and so easy to make.
  • Chicken Meatballs
    Tender and flavorful chicken meatballs are delicious and a nice change from beef.
  • Turkey Porcupines
    You can omit the tomato sauce and just simmer the meatballs in chicken broth until done. Drain, then cool and freeze; use as directed in any of these recipes.
  • Spicy Rice Vegetarian Meatballs
    I love the flavor and texture of these easy meatballs; so will you!

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