This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando®. All opinions are entirely my own.
I am always on the lookout for easy meals that my whole family will love. Who couldn’t use a couple of timesaving tricks in the kitchen? I know we could all use more quick recipes without having to sacrifice taste and quality. Carando Meatballs are perfect for my busy schedule and are a delicious meal solution.
I have several meals that I regularly whip up when we have to be on the go. I am adding these meatballs to my list of hectic weeknight dinner ideas.
I found these meatballs at my local Giant Eagle in the fresh meat deli section. I had no idea you could get pre-made, fresh meatballs! The amount of time that I will be able to save by using these instead of mixing up my own has my mind swimming with yummy possibilities for these versatile meatballs. I could very easily take boring spaghetti night up a notch or bake them into breakfast, lunch, and dinner casseroles- all without scooping or rolling the meatballs myself.
I thought that easy Italian Meatball Skewers would be a great way to try them out! This recipe makes 4 hearty skewers.
What You Need:
4- bamboo skewers
1 pack of 12 pk. 16oz.- Carando Meatballs (Sicilian- Spicy or Abruzzese- Mild)
1 jar- marinara sauce (you can make your own but I just purchased my favorite variety)
1- small green bell pepper
1- small red bell pepper
1- small red onion
2- round fresh mozzarella balls cut in half
What You Do:
Soak 4 bamboo skewers in water for at least an hour. This will keep the skewer from burning in the oven.
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Wash the red bell pepper and green bell pepper thoroughly and peel the skin from the red onion.
Cut the onion and the peppers into pieces. I cut them roughly into square shapes.
Alternate placing the onions and bell peppers with the meatballs on the skewer. I used 3 meatballs per skewer. Feel free to add more peppers and onions per skewer if you like.
Place the assembled meatball skewers on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Check out those pretty colors!
I followed the cooking instructions as provided on the Carando Meatball package.
Bake for 10 minutes. Turn the skewers over and bake an additional 10 minutes or until internal temperature of the meatballs reaches at least 165 degrees F. While the skewers are baking, heat the marinara sauce in a pan over low heat. Opt for a low-carb sauce or skip it altogether for a great low-carb meal option. Drizzle the heated marinara sauce over the cooked skewers with a spoon.
The mozzarella that I purchased came as round balls. I sliced them in half and was able to add a generous portion of fresh mozzarella cheese to the end of the finished skewers.
You could serve these on a bed of your favorite pasta and have a dynamite meal or even eat them alone. My family enjoyed them alone and LOVED them!
Shorter versions of these skewers using just one meatball would make impressive appetizers.
These meatballs are easy to use and taste really great. They have no MSG, they’re gluten-free, they have no fillers, and are made from premium pork.
If you manage to have any leftovers, these skewers would be absolutely amazing as leftover meatball subs. Sub rolls and extra marinara sauce are all you would need to make next-day lunch as delicious as last night’s dinner.