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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs Review

Our family will bulk shop once about every six weeks and when we bulk shop we will fill every freezer, fridge and cabinet. We love Sams Club because they offer wonderful products with great prices. One of the items we love to buy when we shop there are the Casa Di Bertacchi meatballs. In the past I have served the meatballs with pasta, on sub sandwiches and cocktail meatballs. That was in the past now with the new cookbook that we received we have found many more recipes that have quickly become favorites. The cookbook 101 Things To Do With Meatballs.

Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs and the cookbook are good mates together. Recently I was able to try a few new recipes using the pair and found that it was a very tasty experiment. Mario Bertacchi founded a small New Jersey meat market in the 1920s and this market fathered the Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs. The meatballs are fully cooked which makes it easier to use in the wonderful recipes located in the cookbook. The meatballs are prepared with quality beef and real Italian ingredients making them very tasty and perfect for appetizers or dinner depending on the size.

Easy Meatball Lasagna
26 (1 pound) frozen Casa Di Bertacchi fully cooked meatballs
2 jars (26 ounces each) spaghetti sauce, divided
3/4 cup water, divided
1 egg, beaten
1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided
1 box (12 ounces) oven-ready lasagna noodles, uncooked
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Half or quarter meatballs and place in a large bowl. Reserve 2 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce. Pour the remaining sauce over the meatballs and stir in 1/2 cup water.
In a separate bowl, combine the egg, ricotta cheese, and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Spread 1 cup of the reserved spaghetti sauce over the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan prepared with nonstick cooking spray. Layer 5 to 6 noodles over the sauce and spread half the cheese mixture over the noodles. Spoon half the meatball mixture over the cheese. Repeat layers once. Add one more layer of 5 to 6 noodles and spoon remaining spaghetti sauce over top. Drizzle remaining water over top. Cover tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until lasagna is fork tender. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top. Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes more. Let stand 5 minutes before serving

The recipe was delicious the meatballs really stood out. I had compliments that they liked the lasagna better with the meatballs than they did when it was made the usual way with ground beef. The truth is the meatballs allowed them more meat and they loved it.

Buy: Casa di Bertacchi Meatballs at Sams Club.

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