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20 Leftover Meatballs Recipes

Are you looking for recipes that can be made with the meatballs from last night’s dinner? I’ve got you taken care of! Here is a selection of 20 recipes for leftover meatballs that are both tasty and simple to make, and you should try some of them.

1. Meatball Bombs

These Meatball Bombs are exactly what you need if you are searching for something that will make everyone in the family happy. They are an excellent way to repurpose meatballs that have been prepared but not eaten, but if you don’t have any leftover meatballs, you can always use frozen meatballs that have already been cooked instead!

Meatballs, cheese, and marinara are encased in dough and baked until golden brown; garlic butter is spread on top. They’re delicious and can be whipped up in no time.

Before inserting them into the dough, divide the meatballs in half if they’re on the big side. Be sure to press the bottom closed so they don’t open up during baking.

2. Meatball Quesadilla

Are you sick of making meatball subs with the same leftover meatballs? We should have a quesadilla! Use either the precooked flour tortilla wraps from the dry goods section or the refrigerated ones.

The precooked variety is preferable since it yields a more substantial exterior, and the butter-free wraps from the fridge are convenient and, maybe, healthier.

3. Korean Bbq Meatballs Over Rice

Meatballs that are both sweet and salty from the Korean BBQ sauce are delicious. These Korean BBQ Meatballs are great as a main course served over rice, and they reheat quickly and efficiently for a midweek leftover. The next time you have leftover meatballs, cook some rice and serve them over the hot grains with some sauce.

4. Meatballs Subs

Tender Italian meatballs, marinara sauce, and ooey-gooey melted Mozzarella Cheese fill a hot and delectable Meatball Sub. Here are some pointers for preparing delicious Meatball Subs at home. The meatballs for the subs may be made in advance and heated up in the oven, or you can use leftover meatballs.

5. Sheet Pan Meatball Dinner Recipe with Buttered Orzo

Easy to make and ready in only 30 minutes, this meatball meal is sure to please. Such a meatball dinner is perfect since it has protein, veggies, carbohydrates, and taste all in one dish. All roasted and served on buttered orzo, a staple side dish in my household.

The leftover meatball dinner dish may be kept in the fridge for three to four days, but the orzo should be stored in a separate container.

For your next meal, just reheat the meatballs in a microwave or hot pan, prepare some orzo, and serve.

6. Meatball Pizza

The Best Meatball Pizza Recipe calls for marinara sauce that takes inspiration from both spaghetti and meatballs, along with fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese. This easy pizza is sure to become a new favorite once you sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan cheese on top. It’s the ideal use for those leftover meatballs in the fridge.

7. Baked Spaghetti and Meatball Cups

Baked spaghetti and meatball cups are a fun, handy, and portable way to use up any leftovers! Ideal for packing in school lunches, social gatherings, celebrations, and even dinner.

Those are always well-liked here. We usually seem to have some sort of spaghetti or meatball leftover from supper, and rather than just reheating it and eating it the next day, my kids prefer to make new dishes out of it.

8. Italian Spinach, Orzo, and Meatball Soup

The soup is warm, healthful, and light since it contains orzo, spinach, and meatballs. Meat, orzo (a complete grain), and spinach (a vegetable) come together in just the right proportions to provide a hearty and nutritious main dish. Make the meatballs with some of the leftover turkey or chicken you have lying around.

9. French Onion Soup with Meatballs

delicious French onion soup that’s piled high with meatballs. As if traditional French onion soup couldn’t get much better, here comes a new and improved version!

The delicious broth is elevated to a whole new level of decadence, heartiness, and flavor thanks to the inclusion of meatballs. It’s like a hundred servings of your favorite comfort meal all at once.

10. Meatball Sliders 

Since meatballs are essentially spherical versions of hamburger patties, it is only logical to utilize them as the topping for sliders.

Make them extremely saucy by coating them in marinara sauce, salty by coating them in parmesan cheese, and gooey by coating them in mozzarella. Already my mouth is watering!

Because of their incredible flavor, if you want to serve a large group of people with these mini-burgers, you will need to at least treble the recipe. They are so delicious that you can’t just have one!

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11. Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

You asked for it, so here’s a different take on spaghetti and meatballs! The simple act of baking this traditional American dish brings forth its full flavor.  Because doing so results in a taste that is 10 times more enjoyable, that is the reason.

Mozzarella cheese melts into the dish for extra gooeyness. After baking, the cheese develops a golden, crunchy outside that’s a nice foil for the gooey center.

12. Mediterranean Meatball Wrap

Do you want for a delectable dish that exudes the exquisite flavors of the Mediterranean? These meatball wraps are loaded with protein, so there’s no need to look any farther.

Anything that can be rolled up in a tortilla and served to me is fair game, including meatballs, pulled pork, fish in a batter, and ground beef.

In point of fact, because these meatball wraps are always such a big hit in my household, I always need to double the recipe when I prepare them.

In addition to the savory meatballs, these wraps are packed with kale, strips of red pepper, yogurt, and roasted garlic hummus.

The kale and peppers provide a great balance to the richness, despite the dish’s undeniable abundance of umami-rich ingredients.

13. Mexican Meatball Salad 

On the blog, we are featuring a “make once, eat twice” series, and this salad is part two of that recipe. The salad is a rolled-up version of the meatballs you make first.
I used a poblano avocado dressing I discovered in the salad aisle. Dress it with the sauce from the meatballs, ranch dressing, or sour cream. Make a decision!
Use a bag of frozen meatballs and heat them up with your favorite jar of salsa if you don’t have any leftovers.

14. Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Meatballs are the perfect holiday snack since they are sweet but also have a mild spicy bite that everyone will love.

  • Place frozen leftover meatballs in a slow cooker with a capacity of at least 2 quarts.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, ketchup, water, soy sauce, ginger powder, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, and light brown sugar.
  • Serve the meatballs above a bed of sauce. Crockpot cooking times: 2 hours on HIGH or 4 hours on LOW.
  • Blend together before serving. If you like, you may sprinkle over some dried cranberries and green onions for garnish.

15. Instant Pot BBQ Meatballs

Preparing this BBQ meatballs dish in an instant pot is a breeze if you keep some frozen meatballs on hand and keep the standard sauces in your kitchen cupboard. You can make it in about 15 minutes and serve it hot or cold.

The sauces work together to create a truly original taste. All your favorite flavors—sweet, sour, salty, and fiery—are represented in this one dish. How shocking is it to you?

16. Pineapple BBQ Meatballs

When paired with rice, this Hawaiian take on BBQ meatballs becomes a delicious main course. Your family will love this meal so much that you’ll make it again and again just so they can savor the delicious flavor and unique atmosphere that comes from the combination of the thick barbecue sauce and pineapple chunks.

These meatballs are the nicest thing I’ve found to make with rice. It’s easy to whip up this meal in no time flat thanks to the use of several convenient ready-made components. You won’t be disappointed by the result, that’s for sure!

17. Meatball Smash Grilled Cheese

Do you think it’s a good idea to use your leftover meatballs and pasta as sandwich filling? Though it may appear difficult at first, achieving this goal is actually rather simple. Every mouthful of this sandwich is bursting with the flavor of garlic and cheese.

This dish, topped with two varieties of well-known cheese, is both crunchy and juicy, and is guaranteed to brighten your day. Prepared in about 15 minutes, it’s perfect for a quick meal.

18. Meatball Pasta

The two most important meals in the world, pasta and meatballs, may be combined to make a delightful leftover dish. Because of the cheesy flavor from the cheese on top, the pasta gains more flavor and becomes richer and fatter.

You won’t be let down if you try your hand at making pasta from scratch with this ideal recipe. It’s a quick and easy dinner main dish option.

19. Pork Meatball Lettuce Wraps

This dish is a home run if you’re a huge fan of ground pork and lettuce wraps as a snack. The meatball lettuce wraps are a fantastic use of any leftover meatballs. Mealtimes don’t have to be tense if you serve pork meatballs in lettuce wraps.

20. Meatball Lasagna Cups

The wonton wrappers on the outside of the meatball lasagna cups are crisp and golden brown, while the meatball filling is soft and flavorful and the cheese on top has a melty consistency.

Your main course options should include the meatball lasagna cups, which are both delicious and visually appealing. Everyone will find a purpose for these mugs, I’m sure.

Do you like less plain lasagna cups? If that’s the case, you may pair the lasagna with any number of different wines. Just by adding the correct kind of wine, you can take an already delicious meal to a whole new level that will blow everyone away.