It’s been a whirlwind the last week and a half in my household to say the least. At the end of January (my 25th birthday to be exact) we decided to take a HUGE step as a family and buy a house, barn, and acres. I know this much, I won’t forget the present I bought myself to celebrate turning a quarter of a century old. At least not for the next 30 years! So in the last week and half, I have packed boxes, painted, cleaned, moved boxes, and unpacked boxes again. Fortunately I had the help of our incredibly awesome family, but still I am exhausted. Our family was generous enough to bring over meals, so we haven’t had to cook in the nearly five days we have been living at the new house, but last night the excitement of cooking in my new kitchen (complete with a convection oven that I still have no idea how to use) got the better of me. My brilliant self decided, leave the leftovers for another night and get cooking.
Thankfully, my sense of reality set in and I remembered the laundry that needed folded, the baby that needed bathing, and the floor that needed sweeping and I opted for a recipe that didn’t require a whole lot of time or effort. In other words, I went the semi-homemade route.
As a disclaimer, when I develop “recipes” I don’t really follow the rules. By rules I mean; I don’t measure things exactly, I just wing it. Now that I have got that out in the open, we can move forward with French Bread Meatball Pizza.
Before I left Columbia and headed on my nearly hour commute back to the country, I had to stop at Target to pick up a gift. Target is not a place anyone should send me into alone. I could literally spend HOURS looking around and ALWAYS end up with more things in my cart than I went in for. In order to make the delicious recipe I was thinking of in my head, I knew I needed a few ingredients:
- French Bread
- Pasta Sauce
- Provolone Cheese (and Cheddar because it is my favorite)
- Meatballs (beef of course!)
I knew I had homemade pasta sauce in the refrigerator back home, as well as cheese and meatballs (the pre-packaged kind because I am doing this semi-homemade). So that just left French Bread on my list, and lucky for me it was on sale!
The drive home was tortuous! All I could think of was the delicious French Bread sitting in the passenger seat beside me (and of course the peanut butter eggs and creme eggs that just happened to be on sale too). My stomach rumbled and in my mind I played out how this recipe would go and what it would be like cooking in my new kitchen.
I made it home after a trip to the babysitter’s to pick up my sweet baby girl, and got started. I soon realized though, that the nice vision I had in my head was certainly not going to be reality. Baby girl cried 90% of the time because she wanted me to hold her, and I felt like a terrible momma. But what was I to do! I was hungry and the husband was feeding cattle and would be expecting a warm dinner when he came home. So I put baby girl in her walker, gave her some Puffs, and went to town cooking my semi-homemade French Bread Meatball Pizza.
The first step in this recipe is to cook the pre-packaged meatballs (the kind you find in the frozen section). Follow the cooking times on the package, and all will be well.
While the meatballs were cooking/heating up, I cut the French Bread loaf. I cut it in 3-4 sections (I honestly can’t remember from last night), but you can cut it however long you want your pieces to be. Then I cut the sections in half.
Next, I put a generous portion (remember I don’t measure) of pasta sauce on each piece. You can use any pasta sauce you want, it really doesn’t matter. My mother in-law is such a sweet heart and shared her delicious pasta sauce made with red and yellow tomatoes (notice the color in the picture) right out of her garden.
The meatballs still had a few minutes left, so I went ahead and swept the kitchen floor while baby girl followed me around in her walker making sure to bang into every cabinet as she went. I can’t be for certain, but I think it was her way of getting back at me for putting her in the walker in the first place. I will add that once she is in the walker she becomes a happy baby again, it just takes her a minute to realize she is mobile.
The timer indicated the meatballs were ready, so I took them out of the oven and let them cool a few minutes before I proceeded to cut them in half.
I then placed provolone cheese (it took about 3/4 of slice per piece of French Bread) and cheddar cheese (because its my favorite) on the French Bread and placed the meatball halves on each piece. I placed them in the oven to let the cheese melt (about 10 minutes) and then dinner was served!
Baby girl loved them and so did daddy (aka the husband)! So although there were tears shed, and shredded cheese lost along the way, in the end it was a dinner win for this momma and I hope it is for you too!
Happy cooking y’all!
French Bread Meatball Pizza
- 1 loaf of French Bread
- About half a jar of pasta sauce
- 6-8 slices of provolone cheese (or you could use shredded cheese of your choice)
- 25-30 pre-packaged fully cooked frozen meatballs (it really depends on how much you love meat…in our household, it isn’t a meal without meat so I made sure I had plenty. We sure do love our protein!)
- Preheat the oven (follow the cooking instructions on the meatball packaging). Cut the French loaf in the amount of desired sections (I had about 4 sections) and then cut the sections in half. Place pieces on a baking sheet crusty side down.
- Place the meatballs on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Set the timer according to the packaging.
- Spoon desired amount of pasta sauce on each piece and place or sprinkle desired amount of provolone cheese on each piece.
- Once the meatballs are finished cooking/heating up in the oven, take them out and let them rest for a few minutes. After the meatballs have cooled, slice them in half and distribute them evenly among the pieces.
- Place baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees and wait for the cheese to melt (about 10 minutes).