Baked Meatball Parmigiana

adapted from Hugs and Cookies

Serves 4

prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45-60 minutes

Cost: $6.50 (even with a box of pasta, this comes up to less than $2.00/serving)

beef: 3.00, bread: .05, Parm cheese: .75, eggs: .20, tomato sauce: 1.50, mozzarella: 1.00

1 lb ground beef

3-4 cloves garlic, chopped

3/4 C bread crumbs (I just used one slice and put it in my little blender)

3/4 C Parmesan cheese (I used the shredded, but in this recipe the powdery stuff might work too)

2 eggs

salt to taste

36 oz. your choice tomato sauce

1-2 C mozzarella 

some pasta to serve it on if you're too proud to just spoon it out of the dish and eat it

Preheat oven to 400. 

Combine ground beef, garlic, bread crumbs, Parmesan, eggs, and salt. I squish it together with my hands like a boss (naturally). Then roll it into meatballs. Larger meatballs will have a slightly longer cook time than smaller ones. We made 14 or 15. 

Put a tiny bit of olive oil on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Then add your meatballs. 

Cook for 15 to 20 minutes. 

Then add sauce, stir around the meatballs to coat and cook for another 15 minutes or so. (Note: Around here, you want to start boiling your pasta water, so your pasta will be ready in time.)

Then throw on the cheese and cook for another 10 minutes or so. Cut one open to check for meatballs doneness and, uh, while you're at it you better taste it to make sure it's okay and stuff. 

Serve over pasta. 

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