Why stand over the stove when you can have delicious oven-baked meatballs with rice and gravy right out of your oven?
I have to confess that I haven’t done very well at meal planning this week and instead have been flying by the seat of my pants. That makes it sound a lot more exciting than reality, which in this case means thawing meat and scrounging around for ingredients to make dinner without going to the store. What’s great is that sometimes improvised dinners turn out SO GOOD.
Easy and Quick Dinner with Oven-Backed Meatballs
Take for example these baked meatballs. It took me 15 minutes tops to throw this dinner together, and then I stuck it in the oven while getting the kids to get ready for bed. The house smelled amazing while it was baking, and an hour or so later we were enjoying savory meatballs with creamy rice and gravy.
I can’t say for sure since I haven’t tested it yet, but I think this recipe is born for the slow cooker. I baked it for over an hour until the liquid was absorbed, and I think that would translate well to slow cooking on low all day. I’ll be sure to update you here when I try it in the crockpot soon, and I think I will try brown rice with that version since it can stand up to hours of cooking time.
We enjoyed these oven-baked meatballs with rice and gravy with sliced tomatoes, my favorite side when I’m pinched for time, ingredients, or energy. It would of course be great with green beans, a side salad, English peas, or pretty much any vegetable you like. Let me know what you serve with it!
How to Make Oven-Baked Meatballs with Rice and Gravy
Finally, please share with us your oven-baked meatballs with rice and gravy results. Also, feel free to improvise as much as you like. After all, this recipe should be fun to make and to satisfy your tastes. So, go wild and tell us all about it in the comments section below!
Last but not least, if you’d like more of my easiest-to-make recipes, here are two of my favorite meatball recipes for you!