Easy Italian Meatball Rice Casserole


Italian Meatball Rice Casserole

Literally dump it in the pan and bake, Italian Meatball Rice Casserole is easy to do even with your 2 year old standing on your feet!



Italian Meatball Rice Casserole




I would have never thought to put rice in marinara sauce together, however this recipe was a super winner! Grey loves all the things in it and was obsessed with this casserole. It’s hard having a picky eater who won’t try anything. I think it might be karma because well sorry mom, I was the pickiest eater. Now I know how my mom felt, it’s frustrating. This recipe is definitely kid friendly! 




Italian Meatball Rice Casserole Ingredients

  • 27 ounces of your Favorite marinara sauce (we use Rao’s from Costco)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice (Basmati is the best)
  • 126 ounce package Fully-Cooked Italian-Style frozen meatballs (you do not need to thaw the meatballs)
  • ½ cup 2 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley






  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Stir marinara sauce, tomatoes, water, garlic, oregano, and rice together in a 13-inch by 9-inch baking dish. Add meatballs and stir to combine.
  3. Cover the baking dish tightly with a lid or foil.
  4. Bake for 60-75 minutes or until the rice is tender. During the final 5 minutes of cooking, remove dish from oven, uncover, and sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Place back in the oven (uncovered) for the final 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  5. Garnish with parsley just before serving.




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