Monday Menu ~ Meatballs with Mac & Cheese


Welcome back to Monday!! Now, don’t get me wrong I still feel that Monday should be part of the weekend, but since I can’t change the way the world seems to run the next best thing would be to fake being be happy about it.

Lately, I’ve been on a hamburger kick for some reason… mostly in search of the best hamburger that a restaurant has to offer. I try to make burger but it seems that everyone can make a burger better than me so this week I made meatballs instead. I know… I know… they’re almost the same as a burger, but it’s just not the same.

These meatballs are based on the recipe for meatloaf that I made a couple of weeks ago from the Pioneer Woman but with a few changes to make it even better after a phone call I had with my sister. We call each other to plot out what we can make for dinner or what kind of unique recipe we can create. It’s a fun game really… that and pondering all the great meals we’d make if we were closer that our families won’t eat.


Follow the directions that the Pioneer Woman has for meatloaf in her recipe, leaving out the parmesan cheese. But before mixing it all together there are a few special ingredients that you need to add in…..

baconBacon! why… everything is better with bacon!

cheeseShredded cheddar cheese!

Add these two amazing items in and you have bacon cheeseburger meatballs! Now roll it into a meatball shape, get your hands a bit wet with cold water to help keep the meat from sticking to your hands helps.


In a large skillet brown the meatballs in batches so you don’t over crowd them.

Browning Meatballs

When you have all of the meatballs browned finish them off in the oven for about 20 – 30 minutes depending on how big they are.

While the meatballs are in the oven start the mac & cheese. Now you can use your favorite recipe or you can check out mine… Okay… it’s not really mine. But it is my go to recipe  and I’m always adding this or that, changing it up for something different. For this meal I left out the broccoli and chicken and used 3 different kinds of cheddar cheese. YUM! Creamy…. smooth… perfect… that is how I would describe this mac & cheese.

mac & cheese

Now the meatballs I served with the sauce that the Pioneer’s Woman recipe uses to top the meatloaf, veggies, and of course the mac & cheese. And the best part…. the family loved it all!

Do you take a recipe and change it up? What is one of your favorite go to recipes?

13 Responses to Monday Menu ~ Meatballs with Mac & Cheese
  1. Mrs. Weber
    March 5, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Wow, two delish comfort foods! I totally am checking out your mac n’ cheese recipe – I can never find one I like, so I’m down for experimenting!

    • Jackie
      March 7, 2012 | 1:36 pm

      It is such an easy mac & cheese to make too! The kids love it!

  2. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    March 5, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    Holy cow that looks delicious! This one I’m going to have to make for sure!

    • Jackie
      March 7, 2012 | 1:36 pm

      The mac & cheese or meatballs? Wait… or were you talking about both?

  3. Jess
    March 5, 2012 | 7:32 pm

    And now I’m hungry.

    • Jackie
      March 7, 2012 | 1:35 pm

      Try these! They really are great.

  4. liz
    March 6, 2012 | 7:39 am

    So let me get this straight – bacon in meatballs?! WHY did I never think of that before?!?!


    • Jackie
      March 7, 2012 | 1:35 pm

      You’re welcome.

  5. Lady Jennie
    March 6, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    Those meatballs look so yummy! I would serve them with tomato sauce I think.

    • Jackie
      March 7, 2012 | 1:35 pm

      I bet that they’d be good with a tomato sauce. Something rich like what you’d use for sloppy joes maybe and I only say that because of the bacon and cheddar in them may not go well with a more traditional spaghetti sauce.

  6. JDaniel4's Mom
    March 7, 2012 | 4:18 pm

    This looks like a wonderful meal! We love trying new mac and cheese recipes at our house.

  7. Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama
    March 8, 2012 | 9:17 am

    My son will love this :-)

  8. Mrs. Jen B
    March 8, 2012 | 8:10 pm

    Whoa. Bacon in meatballs. Why the heck haven’t I thought of this before??? Looks ah-may-zing.

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