Your big Sunday dinner had family, laughs and way too much spaghetti and meatballs. What’s a home cook to do with all those spare spheres of deliciousness, you ask? We have a bunch of creative ideas, many of which *don’t* involve typical tomato sauce. Read on for 20 leftover meatball recipes that make the most of the dinnertime staple. Our faves include pasta dishes, sandwiches and a slew of unexpected sauces.
20 Leftover Meatball Recipes That Are Creative, Easy and Enticing
1. One-pan Spaghetti And Meatballs
Let’s get the usual suspects out of the way, shall we? Whether your leftover meatballs are ready to reheat or waiting to be cooked, you can’t go wrong with al dente pasta, marinara sauce and lots of Parmesan cheese.
14. Chimichurri Chicken Meatballs With Herbed Greek Yogurt, Red Quinoa & Green Beans
We have it on good authority that the yogurt sauce infused with cilantro, scallions, parsley and basil will taste heavenly on just about any meatball imaginable.
17. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs
Ideally, you should start with ground chicken so the meat can be seasoned with cumin, coriander and fresh cilantro. But if you have precooked chicken meatballs, you can easily make the decadent sauce on its own and douse them in it once it’s ready.
18. Meatballs In Sour Cherry Sauce
This Syrian-inspired dish starring ground lamb is destined for your next cocktail party.
19. Baked Coconut Curry Meatballs
The beef meatballs are cooked in the oven instead of pan-fried for speedier preparation (but you can save even more time if you use precooked ones).