Aug
10

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs in Creamy Tomato Sauce

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Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love! Fresh baby spinach, parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs add the perfect amount of flavor to a warm and comforting meal! 

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love!

The first time I made these meatballs, I made them again the following night for dinner. They were so good and I couldn’t wait long to eat them again. An entire meal is baked in one pan and is ready in less than 30 minutes.

One thing that I’ve learned about developing recipes and sharing them is that everyone loves easy meals for dinner. One pot lemon chicken pasta with baby kale and sweet potato and black bean quinoa bowls are two of the most popular recipes because everyone loves an easy meal that is also hearty and delicious. Homemade meatballs baked in tomato sauce and filled with spinach create a simple weeknight meal that the entire family will love.

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love!

At any given time I have a wide variety of greens available in my refrigerator. I love having fresh greens on hand for salads, soups, pastas and more. Adding spinach, kale, arugula and other greens to your diet is very important. Organicgirl greens are available year round and are the perfect addition to any meal. Even if you don’t love salad, there are endless ways to incorporate greens into your diet.

For this meal, the spinach is coarsely chopped into smaller pieces and is mixed into the meatball mixture. The spinach adds additional flavor and nutrients to the meatballs. Once you add spinach to meatballs, you won’t want to eat them any other way.

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love!

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love!

Challenge yourself everyday to add fresh greens to your diet. It is easier than you think and delicious too. For a warm and comforting meal with fresh baby spinach don’t miss these spinach chicken parmesan meatballs in creamy tomato sauce! If you are lucky enough to have any meatballs leftover, heat them up the next day as leftovers or create a meatball sub with some fresh bread.

Yields about 5 to 7 servings

Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs in Creamy Tomato Sauce
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Ingredients

    For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • 3 ounces organicgirl baby spinach, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup dried panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • minced fresh basil, for garnish

Instructions

  1. To make the sauce, heat olive oil in a large skillet pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, parsley, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes and mix until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the crushed tomatoes, stir, lower heat to simmer and cook about 6 to 8 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the cream.
  2. To make the meatballs, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, spinach, bread crumbs, onion, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic and egg. Stir together with a fork then knead gently with your hands until evenly combined. Form the mixture into meatballs about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  3. Heat olive oil in another medium or large skillet pan over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the pan in a single layer. Let cook, turning occasionally, until all sides are browned. (They will not be cooked all the way through because they will finish cooking when baked.) Place the meatballs in the pan with the tomato sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese over the top. Bake until the cheese is melted and the meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, garnish with fresh basil and serve.
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Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs are baked in a creamy tomato sauce to create a meal that everyone will love!

This post was created in partnership with organicgirl. As always, all opinions are my own.

53 Comments

  1. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    Wow! What a comforting meal. There is so much too love about this post! Vibrant Spinach, delish chicken, cheesy parmesan and tomato sauce. Mmmm, count me in for this delight, Ashley! Loved they are baked too! :)

  2. Medeja

    Looks so delicious.. Meatballs. Parmesan. Great meal.

  3. Melissa

    I love this dish. The chicken meatballs look delicious and it is a wonderful spin on the tradtional Chicken Parm.

  4. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    Ashley – I love that you used spinach in those chicken meatballs! And, that sauce sounds so amazing with all those herbs! I am thinking this needs to be dinner at our home – or we can come over to your place! :)

  5. Marye

    This looks both beautiful and delicious! I definitely want to try this!

  6. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Now this is my kinda Monday food! I mean, these meatballs are nothing short of incredible, Ashley! Love all that cheesy goodness plus that awesome sauce!

  7. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    This is definitely a great looking dish! The spinach and meatballs smothered with all that cheese and sauce has my stomach growling!

  8. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    Yum x 10 is what this dish is! I love that you added spinach to these cheesy meatballs, such a great way to sneak some healthy greens into dinner!

  9. Dani @ Dani California Cooks

    I love this! Meatballs are so comforting. I recently discovered cauliflower rice and I feel like this would taste delicious over it!

  10. Katalina @ Peas and Peonies

    OMG the creamy tomatoes, the cheese, the chicken, the beautiful presentation, make my mouth water!

  11. Kelly

    This is the perfect weeknight meal! One pan meals are my favorite! Love that you added all that spinach to the meatballs, it looks so comforting and delicious!

  12. Leah @ Grain Changer

    Mmmm! Mmm! Ashley these look incredible! I love adding veggies to as many things as possible, and like you, always have fridge packed with the green stuff, so these meatballs are going to happen VERY soon in our house.

  13. Kelley @ Chef Savvy

    WOW these meatballs look fantastic. I am a sucker for meatballs especially ones that look this good. Love that you made them with chicken too!

  14. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Ashley, yes, I’m a big believer in adding fresh greens to your diet! in fact, I try to eat greens at every meal!!! LOVE these spinach chicken parmesan meatballs!!! oh my gawd, this looks so good!!!

  15. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu

    Oh oh, I am totally going to try this! I LOVE meatballs but don’t have a chicken meatball recipe. Your photos are so stunning, I seriously want to dive in and swim in all that creamy tomato goodness!

  16. Beth

    My stomach is growling. Come to my house to make dinner, PLEASE!

  17. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

    One pot meals are the total way to go! If you made these meatballs twice in a week they’ve got to be a winner! We never do that :)

  18. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    I eat tons of salads, but I also like the idea of trying to get greens into many dishes as possible. This one sure is a winner. I’m seriously drooling over here, Ashely!

  19. Ashley

    Mmmm this looks like a fantastic dish – I can see why you made it again right away! That sauce, the spinach, it all looks so good!

  20. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    This is one delicious looking meal! Those meatballs look so good and I am craving this dish for dinner! Love your photos too. Gorgeous! Pinned!

  21. amanda

    I love, love, love this idea! Delicious!

  22. Marissa | Pinch and Swirl

    We’re on the same wavelength, Ashley. It must be a meatball kind of week. :)

    These look absolutely gorgeous! Honestly mouthwatering.

  23. Mari

    Wow Ashley this totally delish!!! just pinned look forward to giving it a try :)

  24. Lisa

    What’s a good compliment to the meatballs? Do you eat over rice or pasta, or is this is just the meat portion and add a separate starch? Looks yummy!!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Lisa! These meatballs are perfect with pasta. Enjoy!

      • Lisa

        Thank you!!! Will add this one to this week’s menu!!

  25. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

    Yep I am one that loves the one-pot meals. I need to make more things like that. I love this recipe! Your photos are fab too!

  26. Lauren

    This looks so delicious and decadent! Comfort food for sure. #bunsinovenlinkup

  27. Sarah R.

    Oh yeah- this sounds ridonkulously (word??) good! That is the perfect ingredient list for our household- no taste revisions needed! Thank you for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see your latest makes tomorrow!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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  31. Gail Akeman

    interesting. Thank you for joining the Small victories Sunday linkup party. Please join again.

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  33. Audrey

    This looks hearty and healthy, and delicious.

    Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays link up. Hope to see you back next week.

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  35. Trish

    this looks absolutely amazing! And with it getting close to fall these are the kind of dinners I love to make, warm comfort food. Do you think it would be good with ground turkey? I will definitely try the chicken first. Happy cooking!

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  37. Maryann

    I made these tonight. They were delicious. Everyone loved them. Will definitely be making them again!

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  39. Erin

    I made this dish tonight and it was absolutely fabulous! I never leave comments, but I came back to print this recipe and felt that I should. I will be making this for my dinner club it was so good! I served it with a side of buttered parm penne pasta. A salad and bread and it’s a perfect company dinner. I had 2 lbs of chicken so I used 5 ounces of spinach and upped the rest of the ingredients and it was perfect.

    • Ashley

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, Erin! I am glad you loved this dish.

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