Simple Baked Italian Meatballs and Rice Casserole
This Italian Meatballs and Rice Casserole requires almost no effort. Shape the meatballs, briefly cook with tomatoes, onions and basil, pour over rice and cheese and bake. Finishing with a good sprinkle of cheese that melts right into the rice and the flavourful sauce. The best part about this gluten-free Italian dinner, there is nothing to it! For big appetites, I like to add a green salad or warm gluten-free butter rolls.
What is Italian Sausage Meat?
Italian sausage meat is typically added to pasta dishes. The sausage mixture is a combination of ground pork shoulder, fennel seeds, garlic, chilli pepper, salt and pepper. The meat comes in spicy or sweet (mild) flavour and is usually gluten-free.
We all have nights when we need a family meal that takes almost no effort. This Simple Baked Italian Meatballs and Rice Casserole is precisely that. The meatballs are made with gluten-free sausage meat, finely grated carrots and chopped mushrooms. The veggies not only add healthiness but also keep the meatballs tender without adding bread crumbs.
make the meatballs,
To make the meatballs and sauce is simple. First, briefly brown the meatballs, then set them aside. Using the same skillet, saute the onions, then add the meatballs, tomatoes, seasoning and broth. Cook the meatballs for about 5 minutes. The meatballs are already seasoned, adding extra flavour to the sauce while they are simmering.
The casserole is layered in a baking dish with rice, cheese, meatballs and the sauce. Just before the Italian Meatballs and Rice Casserole is finished baking, add a good sprinkle of cheese and bake for a few more minutes until the cheese is melted. Done!
Italian food, especially freshly made meatballs, is a big hit in our home. In this gluten-free Italian dish, the rice has a texture almost like a risotto – saucy rice. The entire casserole is made simple, yet the flavours are outstanding.
If you love Italian food, you should check out my three favourite Gluten-Free Italian Recipes.
- 30 Minute Gluten-Free Stovetop Lasagna
- Gluten-Free (Yeast-Free) Thin Crust Pizza
- Zucchini Baked Ziti (Keto, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free)
*As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. Please check out my sponsorship and disclosure policy page for more details
Leave a Comment
Add a Rating
Gluten Free Tex-Mex Squash Casserole
Not only is this the easiest and quickest squash casserole, but it’s healthy and scrumptious. The tender, delicate squash is baked with onions, tomatoes and jalapeno in a cheesy sauce flavoured with Mexican spices. I highly recommend making this warming dish, packed with loads of A, B6 & C vitamins. Serve with a light salad […] Read More
Gluten-Free Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
The easiest recipe for Gluten-Free Chicken Cordon Bleu because it is made into a casserole. This casserole is based on the classic French chicken cordon bleu recipe, but it is made into a casserole without gluten and for simplicity. To make this easier version of gluten-free chicken cordon bleu is simple. The tender chicken breast […] Read More
Gluten-Free Chicken Enchilada Casserole
For a lazy night at home let me show you how to make an easy Gluten-Free Chicken Enchilada Casserole. This is a Mexican-style way to use leftovers such as chicken or any leftover meat. I have used turkey and pork before, and the casserole turned out just as delicious. Typically chicken enchilada is an assembly […] Read More