Monday, October 15, 2012

Meatball casserole with homemade french bread

Tonight's dinner is super simple and will be a big hit with my meatball obsessed husband. We are having a meatball casserole with homemade french bread!

This is my all time favorite french bread recipe and very easy to make. I will make the full bread recipe. One loaf for tonight's dinner and one loaf to use with honey butter for snacks this week.

French Bread
3 cups flour $0.27
Active yeast $0.10
Salt $0.05
Corn meal $0.02
Egg white $0.09

Total for 1 loaf of bread: $0.53

Meatball Casserole
1 Baguette French Bread $0.53
Olive Oil $0.20
1 pkg. frozen Italian meatballs  $2.00
1 pkg. frozen onion and bell pepper mix $1.50
1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce $1.25
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded $0.50

Total for meatball casserole:  $5.98

The casserole was really good and the men in our house especially liked it! My husband REALLY doesn't like soggy bread so instead of putting the bread on the bottom and layering the meatballs and sauce on top I put the bread on top and covered it with cheese. It turned the bread into a giant cheese covered crouton, come on who wouldn't like that? The only complaint was that it needed more meatballs. I will be keeping this recipe in our rotation and adding a second bag of meatballs.

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