Meal Prep Meatballs And Sauce Recipe

Meal Prep Meatballs And Sauce Recipe

How To Make Meal Prep Meatballs And Sauce

Juicy and versatile, enjoy each bite of this easy meatballs and sauce meal prep recipe for quick and delicious dishes you can make for a hectic week.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 35 minutes
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes



For Meatballs and Sauce:

  • 2lbsground beef,85/15
  • ½cupwhole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1large egg
  • ¼cupunseasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼cupfresh parsley,packed, roughly chopped
  • tbspMcCormick® Oregano Leaves,divided, plus 1½ tsp more
  • 1tspred pepper flakes,divided
  • 4tspkosher salt,divided, plus more to taste
  • 1tbspextra virgin olive oil
  • 1small yellow onion,(¼-inch), diced
  • 2canscrushed tomato
  • 1tbspred wine vinegar

For Day 1 – Linguine Meatballs:

  • ½lblinguine
  • parmesan cheese,freshly grated, to taste

For Day 2 – Meatballs Sliders:

  • 6Hawaiian rolls,divided
  • 1tbspFrench’s® Yellow Mustard
  • 2roasted peppers,(2-inch)
  • ½head of green leaf lettuce,torn
  • 3tbsppickled red onion

For Day 3 – Pizza Pockets:

  • 1tubepizza dough
  • 2tbspmozzarella cheese,shredded, low moisture
  • 1large egg

For Day 4 – Meatball Salad:

  • 2Hawaiian rolls
  • 1tbspextra virgin olive oil
  • caesar dressing,to taste
  • ½head of green leaf lettuce,torn
  • salt and pepper,to taste
  • 3tbsppickled red onion
  • 2tbspunsalted butter,melted
  • 3clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1cupcroutons
  • fresh basil,for garnish


Meatballs and Sauce:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ricotta, egg, bread crumbs, parsley, 1½ tablespoons dried oregano, ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, and 2 teaspoons salt. Mix well with hands.

  2. Using a 1-inch scoop, portion the mixture into 46 meatballs. Roll with hands into smooth balls.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sear the meatballs on all sides, for about 5 minutes until well browned. Remove the meatballs from the pot and set them aside.

  4. To the same pot, add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes until tender. Add the tomatoes, remaining oregano, salt, red pepper flakes, and vinegar, and bring to a boil.

  5. Return the meatballs to the pot with the sauce, cover, and let simmer for 45 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.

Day 1 – Linguine Meatballs:

  1. Cook the linguine according to the package instructions. Meanwhile, reheat 1½ cups of sauce and 10 meatballs.

  2. To serve, divide the linguine between 2 bowls and top each serving with 5 meatballs and ¾ cup sauce.

  3. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Day 2 – Meatballs Sliders:

  1. Cut 6 meatballs in half.

  2. Separate the tops and bottom buns of Hawaiian rolls. Spread the yellow mustard over the bottom buns. Top with the meatballs, roasted red peppers, torn lettuce, and pickled red onions.

  3. Top with the top buns. Enjoy!

Day 3 – Pizza Pockets:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the pizza dough out to an 8×12-inch rectangle and cut into 4 equal pieces. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

  2. Spoon 3 meatballs and sauce onto the top center of each piece of dough.

  3. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella across meatballs.

  4. Fold the bottom half of the dough over the meatballs and crimp the edges to seal. Beat the egg, then brush over the dough.

  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

  6. Serve and enjoy.

Day 4 – Meatball Salad:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Tear Hawaiian rolls into small pieces and place in a small bowl.

  2. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, drizzle with olive oil, and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.

  3. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden and crispy.

  4. In a large bowl, combine the green leaf lettuce, 8 meatballs, croutons, and pickled red onion and drizzle with Caesar dressing. Toss to combine.

  5. Serve and enjoy.


  • Calories: 3344.04kcal
  • Fat: 151.87g
  • Saturated Fat: 56.21g
  • Trans Fat: 5.84g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 62.95g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 12.93g
  • Carbohydrates: 336.89g
  • Fiber: 26.98g
  • Sugar: 35.78g
  • Protein: 156.20g
  • Cholesterol: 584.66mg
  • Sodium: 4006.18mg
  • Calcium: 960.17mg
  • Potassium: 3774.45mg
  • Iron: 32.05mg
  • Vitamin A: 503.42µg
  • Vitamin C: 183.09mg
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