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Meatball Minestrone Bake

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Meatball Minestrone Bake
Take Italian Night to The Next Level with Pillsbury's Garlic Bread Pull-Apart Kit
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Ingredients 16
  • Servings 8
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It's Italian night! Progresso® minestrone soup and Pillsbury™ crescents give a jump start to an easy dinner bake.
Updated Mar 28, 2014
Bake-Off® Contest 45, 2012
Bake-Off® Contest 45, 2012
Dinah Surh
Staten Island, New York

Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb extra lean (at least 90%) ground beef
  • 3/4 cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
  • 1 can (19 oz) Progresso™ High Fiber homestyle minestrone soup
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (8 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Original Crescent Rounds (8 Count)
  • 1 tablespoon Crisco® 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend (8 oz)

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. In small bowl, stir together oregano, basil, garlic powder, lemon peel and black pepper. Reserve 3/4 teaspoon of mixture; set aside. In large bowl, mix ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, milk, egg, salt and remaining seasoning mix until thoroughly combined. Form into sixteen 2-inch meatballs. Pour soup into ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish; top with meatballs.
  • 2
    Bake 35 minutes or until bubbly.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix reserved 3/4 teaspoon seasoning mixture and Parmesan cheese. Unroll each crescent round to make a strip; place strips on piece of foil. Brush strips with olive oil; sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese mixture.
  • 4
    Remove baking dish from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Sprinkle meatballs with Italian cheese. Place seasoned crescent strips in a diagonal pattern on top of cheese, cutting to fit if necessary and not crisscrossing the strips.
  • 5
    Bake an additional 20 to 24 minutes or until cheese is melted and strips are golden brown. Serve in bowls.

Nutrition Information

480 Calories, 26g Total Fat, 35g Protein, 27g Total Carbohydrate, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
480
Calories from Fat
230
Total Fat
26g
39%
Saturated Fat
11g
53%
Trans Fat
2 1/2g
Cholesterol
120mg
41%
Sodium
1270mg
53%
Potassium
440mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate
27g
9%
Dietary Fiber
2g
9%
Sugars
6g
Protein
35g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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