Bubble Up Swedish Meatball Casserole
Meatballs and gravy are two of my all-time favorite foods, so this Bubble Up Swedish Meatball Casserole is totally my kind of comfort food. I mean, saucy, meaty, cheesy and full of tasty, hearty biscuits – who wouldn’t want to dive right into this recipe? Plus it’s super easy so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner. Add a salad or some roasted or steamed veggies on the side and you have a perfect meal. Plus, a serving of this casserole is just 338 calories or 7 Weight Watchers SmartPoints!
Disclaimer: This is not by any means a traditional Swedish meatballs recipe. I wanted to make a casserole with meatballs and gravy (two of my favorite foods) and when I tried this I thought it tasted like Swedish meatballs, so that’s what I named it. I got a few comments about these not being Swedish meatballs, so maybe I should have named it something else (sorry!), but since it’s already out there I figured I’d just address it here. Whether you want to call it a Bubble Up Swedish Meatball Casserole or a Meatballs and Gravy Casserole or anything else, the fact that it’s easy and delicious remains :).
On a Weight Watchers note…I have an update! I have been working hard to update all my recipe posts to include the new Weight Watchers SmartPoints values and I’m making some headway. I have completed all of my 2015 recipes and I’m almost all the way through 2014 – it’s coming along! I still have to do 2013-2010 but the plan is to have everything done before the new year. Wish me luck!
Bubble Up Swedish Meatball Casserole
Yield: 6 servings
- 1 lb ground turkey breast (ground chicken breast would work too)
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg white
- 3 tablespoons skim milk
- 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 1 small onion, diced
- 8 oz sliced white mushrooms
- 1 (10.75 oz) can of 98% fat free condensed Cream of Mushroom soup
- 1 cup jarred beef gravy (I used Heinz Savory Beef Gravy)
- 1 (7.5 oz) can of refrigerated biscuit dough, biscuits cut into quarters (I used Wegmans brand, Pillsbury also makes them in a 4-pack – if you can only find Grands, weigh out 7.5 ounces and cut them into small bite-sized pieces)
- ¾ cup (3 oz by weight) 2% reduced fat shredded Mozzarella cheese
- Pre-heat the oven to 350. Lightly mist a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey breast with the Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, garlic powder, egg, egg white and milk and stir together (or mush with your hands) until mixed. Roll the mixture into about 60 meatballs (roughly 1” diameter).
- Heat a tablespoon (or 1 ½ teaspoons if you’re cooking the meatballs in 2 batches) of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the rolled meatballs into the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are browned on all sides and cooked through. Remove the meatballs to your prepared casserole dish.
- Place the remaining teaspoon of oil in the same skillet and bring to medium heat. Add the diced onion and the sliced mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes until the onions are softened and translucent and the mushrooms are softened. Add these vegetables to the meatballs in the casserole dish.
- Mix the cream of mushroom soup and the beef gravy together in a mixing bowl and pour over the top of the ingredients in the casserole dish. Use a spoon to mix everything together. Add the pieces of biscuit dough and stir to coat. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle the shredded Mozzarella over the top of the casserole. Bake for an additional 15 minutes until hot and bubbly.
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
7 per serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com), a serving was 9 SP on the previous program
Weight Watchers PointsPlus:
9 per serving (PP calculated using the nutrition information below run through a PointsPlus calculator)
338 calories, 33 g carbs, 4 g sugars, 10 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 31 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
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