Black Bean Burgers

Super flavorful Homemade Black Bean Burgers are as easy as combining black beans together with a slew of flavorful ingredients, like garlic, red onion, cumin, cilantro, and sriracha. A little egg and breadcrumbs help hold the patty together, and you’ve got a super hearty, flavorful, and freezer-friendly homemade black bean burger. No more $8 restaurant […]

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Super flavorful Homemade Black Bean Burgers are as easy as combining black beans together with a slew of flavorful ingredients, like garlic, red onion, cumin, cilantro, and sriracha. A little egg and breadcrumbs help hold the patty together, and you’ve got a super hearty, flavorful, and freezer-friendly homemade black bean burger. No more $8 restaurant veggie burgers for me!

Originally posted 1-23-2011, updated 7-28-2020.

Side view of a black bean burger with toppings in the background

How Many Burgers Does This Recipe Make?

This recipe makes six decent-sized black bean burgers. And don’t worry, if you can’t eat all six within a few days, they’re freezer friendly! Note: The recipe and price breakdown below are for the burger only. Everyone likes something different on their burger, so I decided not to include buns and toppings in the recipe or price breakdown. 

How to Freeze the Black Bean Burger Patties?

Since I cook for just myself, I cooked two of my patties and froze the rest. Just wrap the raw patties in plastic wrap and then place them in a zip top freezer bag. To cook later, thaw the patty for 30 seconds in the microwave then finish cooking in a skillet as described in the recipe below.

What Toppings are Good on a Black Bean Burger?

I went with traditional mustard, tomato, lettuce, and red onion, but you could really have a lot of fun with the toppings. You could do a southwest spin and add some chipotle mayo, cheddar cheese, and jalapeños. Or how about a BBQ version with BBQ sauce and pepper jack cheese? A few avocado slices with any of the above themes would also be really nice. And you definitely need to try some Comeback Sauce on there!

Black Bean burgers on a tray with buns, toppings, ketchup and mustard.

Are These Black Bean Burgers Spicy?

Despite having sriracha as one of the ingredients, I don’t find these black bean burgers to be spicy at all. The sriracha just adds another subtle layer of flavor. If you want your black bean burgers to be spicy, simply double the sriracha, or add a jalapeño to the food processor when you’re processing your ingredients together.

Do I Have to Use a Food Processor?

You can make these black bean burgers without a food processor, but it’s a whole lot easier with one. :) To make the black bean burgers without a food processor, just finely mince the red onion, garlic, and sriracha by hand. Mash the black beans by hand (either with a fork or with a potato masher), then stir everything together by hand. 

Can I Bake Them?

I don’t suggest baking the black bean burgers because you won’t get the nice browning on the outside of the burger, which provides extra flavor and texture to the burger. 

Can I Skip the Egg?

I tried to make these black bean burgers without the egg, but unfortunately they just don’t hold together in the skillet (they turn into something more like refried beans). You may be able to do something like a flaxseed egg replacer, but I haven’t tested this.

P.S. This black bean burger recipe is basically a variation on my Homemade Falafel recipe, which is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

A black bean burger on a plate, dressed but open faced with ketchup and mustard on the side

 
Side view of a single black bean burger on a bun, fully dressed, sitting on newsprint

Homemade Black Bean Burgers

Black beans, cumin, sriracha, garlic, and fresh red onion make these homemade black bean burgers a flavorful and filling vegetarian meal.
Total Cost $2.57 recipe / $0.43 serving
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 334.88kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 15oz. cans black beans $0.96
  • 1/4 red onion $0.11
  • 1 clove garlic $0.08
  • 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro* $0.20
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha $0.11
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise $0.09
  • 1 tsp ground cumin $0.10
  • 1.5 Tbsp soy sauce $0.09
  • 1/4 tsp pepper $0.03
  • 1 large egg $0.23
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs $0.26
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil $0.08

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain the canned black beans. Add the black beans to a food processor along with the red onion, garlic, cilantro, sriracha, mayonnaise, cumin, soy sauce, and pepper. Pulse the ingredients until they are evenly mixed, but still slightly chunky.
  • Transfer the black bean mixture to a bowl and add one large egg and 1 cup breadcrumbs. Stir the ingredients together until they're evenly combined. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes.
  • Divide the black bean mixture into six equal portions, then shape each portion into a patty, about 3.5 inches in diameter, ½-inch thick.
  • To cook the black bean burgers, heat 1Tbsp cooking oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add a few of the black bean burgers and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are well browned and heated through. Repeat with more oil and the rest of the patties until they're all cooked.
  • Place each patty in a bun, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

Notes

*feel free to sub parsley for the cilantro.

Nutrition

Serving: 1patty | Calories: 334.88kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.75g | Protein: 16.23g | Fat: 7.98g | Sodium: 942.65mg | Fiber: 15.33g

Updates to the old recipe: I eliminated the Worcestershire sauce from the original recipe so this recipe would actually be vegetarian (because if you’re making a black bean burger, I’m guessing you want it to be vegetarian!). I also swapped canned beans for home-cooked black beans, because I figure most people will have canned on hand. I used cilantro in place of parsley because that’s what I had on hand, but you can use whichever one you prefer! If you’d like a copy of the old recipe, simply email us at support@budgetbytes.com and we can send you a pdf.

How to Make Black Bean Burgers – Step By Step Photos

Black Bean Burgers in a food processor

Rinse and drain two 15oz. cans of black beans. Add them to a food processor along with ¼ of a red onion, 1 clove of garlic, ¼ bunch of cilantro (about ½ cup), 1 Tbsp sriracha, 1 Tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tsp cumin, 1.5 Tbsp soy sauce, and ¼ tsp pepper.

Processed black bean burger ingredients in the food processor.

Pulse the ingredients together until they’re mostly mixed. I like to leave it just a little chunky, but fairly even.

Black bean mixture with egg and breadcrumbs

Add the black bean mixture to a large bowl along with one egg and 1 cup breadcrumbs. 

Final black bean burger mixture in the bowl

Combine the black bean mixture with the breadcrumbs and eggs. I like to let this mixture sit for about five minute to let the breadcrumbs absorb some of the moisture.

Shaped black bean burgers on a green cutting board

Divide the mixture into six equal portions and shape them into patties (about ½ cup of mixture each, 3.5″ diameter, ½” thick).

Black bean burgers in a skillet

Add a ½ Tbsp cooking oil to a skillet and heat over medium. When the oil is hot, add a couple of patties and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are nicely browned and heated through. Repeat with more oil and patties until the desired number are cooked (or freeze the rest, see the info above the recipe for instructions on how to freeze).

Side view of a single black bean burger on a bun, fully dressed, sitting on newsprint

Top your black bean burger with your favorite toppings and enjoy!!

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Squash and Zucchini Casserole

This squash and zucchini casserole is a total crowd pleaser! A cozy summer side dish, it’s topped with crunchy breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Squash and zucchini go hand in hand in the summers. And what’s more homey than a squash and zucchini casserole? It’s got the vibe of Sunday dinners and summer evenings where the sun stretches into the late evening. This one is packed with flavor and quickly disappeared in our house. A light Parmesan sauce covers the tender squash, and it’s topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. It’s a cozy casserole that’s not too rich and heavy. Honestly, we couldn’t stop ourselves from shoveling in bites. Here’s what to know! Want similar flavor with less effort? Try Roasted Zucchini and Squash or Grilled Zucchini and Squash. Ingredients for squash and zucchini casserole This squash and zucchini casserole has a short ingredient list! There’s only one special ingredients with some notes. Here’s what you’ll need: Squash and zucchini: Weigh out the amount so that you use the right amount for the seasoning. Medium zucchini and squash can vary in weight greatly. Spices: garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt Olive oil or butter Parmesan cheese 2% milk Flour Seasoned Italian panko: this is […]

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This squash and zucchini casserole is a total crowd pleaser! A cozy summer side dish, it’s topped with crunchy breadcrumbs and Parmesan.

Squash and zucchini casserole

Squash and zucchini go hand in hand in the summers. And what’s more homey than a squash and zucchini casserole? It’s got the vibe of Sunday dinners and summer evenings where the sun stretches into the late evening. This one is packed with flavor and quickly disappeared in our house. A light Parmesan sauce covers the tender squash, and it’s topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. It’s a cozy casserole that’s not too rich and heavy. Honestly, we couldn’t stop ourselves from shoveling in bites. Here’s what to know!

Want similar flavor with less effort? Try Roasted Zucchini and Squash or Grilled Zucchini and Squash.

Ingredients for squash and zucchini casserole

This squash and zucchini casserole has a short ingredient list! There’s only one special ingredients with some notes. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Squash and zucchini: Weigh out the amount so that you use the right amount for the seasoning. Medium zucchini and squash can vary in weight greatly.
  • Spices: garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt
  • Olive oil or butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 2% milk
  • Flour
  • Seasoned Italian panko: this is the bread crumb mixture that contains seasonings and salt! You should be available to find it at your local grocery. If not, see the notes below.
Zucchini

Use Italian Panko or breadcrumbs, or this substitute

This casserole is made using Italian panko or breadcrumbs. What are they? Italian breadcrumbs have seasonings and salt added. This makes it easy to sprinkle onto the top of a casserole because it’s got lots of flavor and seasoning already. Italian breadcrumbs and panko are easy to find at most grocery stores. If you can’t find it, here’s a substitute:

  • Use regular panko or make homemade breadcrumbs.
  • To 1 cup of the plain panko or breadcrumbs, add: 1/4 teaspoon dried basil, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme, and 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt.
  • Use 1/2 cup in the recipe below and save the remaining for future recipes.
How to make bread crumbs with herbs
Try homemade Italian breadcrumbs if you can’t find storebought

How to make squash and zucchini casserole (basic steps)

The basic steps for making this squash and zucchini casserole! There are a few technique things to know, so review this first before going to the recipe below:

  • Slice & season the squash and zucchini. Three pounds might seem like a lot of squash and zucchini at first, but it condenses into a small baking dish. Slice it into rounds and season it in a bowl first to get even coating.
  • Cook the squash and zucchini: You’ll need your largest skillet for this one! The easiest way to cook it all is by covering it for a few minutes at a time. A lot of moisture will be released. Cook only until crisp tender: it takes about 6 minutes.
  • Add the sauce: To the same pan, you’ll add milk, flour whisked into a little milk (as a thickener), and Parmesan cheese. Let that cook for 2 minutes: it will thicken a little, but not much.
  • Top with breadcrumbs and bake! Finally, you’ll transfer everything to a small baking dish, top with breadcrumbs, and bake for 10 minutes.
Zucchini and squash casserole

Here’s why to rest after baking!

Once you’re done baking this squash and zucchini casserole, here’s the thing. It’s best to rest for at least 10 minutes after baking. Why? Two reasons:

  • Resting lets the sauce in the pan thicken. When the casserole is just baked, the sauce is fairly watery. As it cools, the sauce will thicken.
  • It also cools and sets the squash. The squash and zucchini are very hot once they come out of the oven. The rest time helps them come to warm and helps to set the texture.

Variation: gluten free casserole

Do you eat gluten-free? Here are a few options for making this a gluten free squash and zucchini casserole:

  • Panko / breadcrumbs: Gluten free Italian breadcrumbs and panko are easily available online these days. You can also sometimes find them at your local grocery. (If all you can find is plain, not Italian, see the section above about how to season your own.)
  • Flour: You can use gluten-free flour or cornstarch in place of the flour.
Zucchini and squash casserole

Ways to serve squash and zucchini casserole

This squash and zucchini casserole is easy to make! For us it’s more of a side dish for entertaining or a special meal, but you could also serve it on a weeknight if you’re an organized cook. Are a few ways to serve it:

This squash and zucchini casserole is…

Vegetarian. For gluten free, see the section above.

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Squash and zucchini casserole

Squash and Zucchini Casserole


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This squash and zucchini casserole is a total crowd pleaser! A cozy summer side dish, it’s topped with crunchy breadcrumbs and Parmesan.


Ingredients

  • 3 pounds zucchini and squash (about 2 medium zucchini and 2 medium squash)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup seasoned Italian panko or Italian breadcrumbs (contains salt)*

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Slice the zucchini and squash into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Place them in a bowl and stir them together with the garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
  3. In your largest skillet, heat the olive oil or butter over medium high heat. Add the zucchini and squash. Cover the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, then uncover and stir. Cover again for 2 minutes and uncover and stir, moving slices to the bottom layer as necessary so that they can get browned. Cook 2 minutes again, flipping the pieces carefully, until they are crisp tender.
  4. Reduce the heat to low. Add another 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tablespoon flour whisked into 2 tablespoons milk, and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until slightly thickened.
  5. Pour the zucchini and squash into a small baking dish (2 quart or 11″ x 8″). Top with the seasoned Italian panko and another 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown. Allow to stand for at least 10 minutes so the sauce thickens slightly. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Notes

*You can also make homemade Italian breadcrumbs: see Step 4 in How to Make Breadcrumbs.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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More zucchini recipes

Got lots of zucchini? Here are a few more zucchini recipes you might enjoy:

  • Perfect Sauteed Zucchini Ten minutes in a hot pan makes this green vegetable truly irresistible.
  • Best Zucchini Bread It’s got the best flavor: cinnamon-scented, with just the right sweetness.
  • Grilled Zucchini Turns out, zucchini is at its best when it’s grilled. Throw thin slices on the grill and it comes out tender and charred, with an irresistibly smoky flavor!
  • Chocolate Zucchini Cake This chocolate zucchini cake recipe comes out so rich and chocolaty! It’s a family favorite that happens to be dairy free and gluten free.

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But then Emma asked a very good question: Why would you *ever* throw bread butts away, when—fresh or dried or even stale—they could have a very exciting future in crumb form? Now, I stockpile heels, odds, and ends in a tightly sealed bag in the freezer. When a dish is lacking a crispy-crunchy something, I’ll pull out a heel or two, blitz it in the blender (a la method #1 below), toss gently with olive oil or anchovy oil or sun-dried tomato oil and toast until crisp. 

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Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

My boyfriend saw what I was cooking and said, “What is this, the “Hungry Man” edition of Budget Bytes? 😆 What can I say, this pandemic has me craving comfort food! And for some reason, Salisbury Steak has been on my mind for weeks. So I set to work putting together a super simple version […]

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My boyfriend saw what I was cooking and said, “What is this, the “Hungry Man” edition of Budget Bytes? 😆 What can I say, this pandemic has me craving comfort food! And for some reason, Salisbury Steak has been on my mind for weeks. So I set to work putting together a super simple version of Salisbury Steak, smothered with a mushroom and onion gravy, perfect for serving over a hot bed of fluffy mashed potatoes. Add a little something green (peas, in this case), and you have a classic “meat and potatoes” comfort meal. 

It’s funny because the very first time I ever had Salisbury Steak was in a frozen TV dinner in the 1980’s. So, this kind of is a Hungry Man edition of Budget Bytes. :P

Easy Salisbury Steak with Mushroom and Onion Gravy

Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy on a plate with mashed potatoes and peas, a fork on the side.

What is Salisbury Steak?

If you weren’t as lucky as I was to experience Salisbury Steak for the first time as a frozen TV dinner in the 80’s (read: sarcasm), then let me tell you a little about this classic comfort food. It’s a bit like a mini-meatloaf or big, flat meatball. It’s a mixture of ground beef and seasonings, plus a little breadcrumbs and egg to keep it all moist and tender. It’s usually cooked in a skillet and smothered with gravy. The dish gets its name from Dr. Salisbury, who recommended a version of this dish in the late 19th century as a part of his meat-centric diet (read more on Wikipedia). 

What to Serve with Salisbury Steak

The mushroom and onion gravy made with this Salisbury Steak is so delicious that you definitely want some sort of starch to soak it up. I served mine with fluffy mashed potatoes, but you could also spoon it over hot rice. Or, just serve with some crusty bread so sop up the gravy from your plate.

I really suggest having a vegetable or two on the side as well. Definitely something green, like the peas shown in my photos, or roasted broccoli. As a second vegetable, I’d probably go with something orange, like roasted carrots. Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes would also make a great, colorful side to Salisbury Steak. With my leftovers, I added a scoop of sauerkraut on top and that was an AMAZING combination.

How are the Leftovers?

AWESOME. We reheated leftovers of this dish in the microwave and happily gobbled them up. Your leftovers should keep for about 4 days in the refrigerator. And while I haven’t tested freezing this one, this is definitely a dish that I would normally have frozen, if we hadn’t eaten it so fast. The gravy may separate a little upon thawing and reheating, as many flour thickened sauces do, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad and won’t be noticed if it’s mixed right into your mashed potatoes.

Gravy being spooned over a Salisbury Steak in the skillet

What Percent Fat Beef Should I Use?

You can use any type of ground beef for this recipe. If you use a higher fat ground beef, like 15% fat, the extra fat will be absorbed by the breadcrumbs and make the Salisbury Steak extra tender. If you use a more lean ground beef, like 93% fat, your Salisbury Steak will be a little more firm, but will be kept moist by the egg and breadcrumbs.

What Kind of Mushrooms Should I Use?

I used Baby Bella mushrooms because they give the gravy a wonderful color and they’re quite affordable at Aldi. If you have a limited selection or Baby Bella mushrooms are too expensive in your area, regular button mushrooms can be used instead. Your gravy may be slightly lighter in color when using white button mushrooms.

Salisbury Steak in rectangular meal prep containers with mashed potatoes and peas

 
A plate full of Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy, mashed potatoes, and green peas.
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Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Homemade Salisbury Steak with a rich mushroom gravy is a quick, simple, and hearty weeknight dinner that will fill even the biggest of appetites!
Total Cost $8.34 recipe / $2.09 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 446.88kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion, divided $0.32
  • 1 lb. ground beef $5.15
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs $0.13
  • 1 large egg $0.23
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, divided $0.05
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp pepper $0.03
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 8 oz. mushrooms $1.69
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.26
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.02
  • 1.5 cups beef broth* $0.20
  • salt and pepper to taste $0.05

Instructions

  • Finely mince about ½ cup of the onion and slice the remainder of the onion. The minced onion will go in the ground beef mixture, the rest will be used for the gravy.
  • Add the ground beef, minced onion, breadcrumbs, egg, 1 Tbsp of the Worcestershire sauce (the remainder will go in the gravy), Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to a large bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together until they are evenly combined. Divide the mixture into four equal parts, and shape each into a flattened oval.
  • Add the cooking oil to a large skillet and heat over medium. Once the skillet is hot, add the shaped beef patties and cook for about 5 minutes on each side, or until they are well browned on each side. Transfer the cooked patties to a clean plate.
  • While the beef patties are cooking, slice the mushrooms. After removing the beef from the skillet, add the sliced mushrooms and the remaining sliced onion along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Continue to cook the mushrooms and onions over medium until they are soft. Allow the moisture released from the onions and mushrooms to help you dissolve any browned bits off the bottom of the skillet as you stir.
  • Once the mushrooms and onions have softened and most of the moisture has evaporated off the bottom of the skillet, add the butter and flour. Continue to stir and cook for about two minutes. The flour and butter will form a paste and begin to coat the bottom of the skillet.
  • Add the beef broth and one tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Stir to dissolve the flour into the broth, making sure to dissolve any flour that is stuck to the bottom of the skillet. Allow the broth to come up to simmer (still over medium heat), stirring often. Once it reaches a simmer, it will thicken into a gravy.
  • Once the gravy is simmering, add the beef patties back to the skillet with the broth, mushrooms, and onions. Spoon the gravy over top, and continue to simmer the beef in the gravy for an additional five minutes. Taste the gravy and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking.

Notes

*I use Better Than Bouillon to make my broth, which as a full, robust flavor. The flavor of your broth will greatly impact the overall flavor of your gravy, so make sure to use one that has great flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1steak with gravy | Calories: 446.88kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.6g | Protein: 27.35g | Fat: 27.78g | Sodium: 1009.73mg | Fiber: 1.83g

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Close up side view of a Salisbury Steak on a plate with peas and mashed potatoes, and a piece of the steak cut off the side.

How to Make Salisbury Steak – Step by Step Photos

Sliced and minced onion on a cutting board

Mince about ½ cup of one yellow onion, and slice the rest of the onion. The minced portion will go IN the Salisbury Steaks, the sliced portion will go into the gravy. If you have a small onion, you’ll probably mince about half and slice half. If you have a larger onion, you’ll mince about ¼ of the onion and slice the remaining ¾ onion.

Salisbury Steak ingredients in a bowl

Add 1 lb. ground beef, the minced onion, one large egg, ½ cup breadcrumbs, 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, ½  tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper to a bowl.

Shaped Salisbury Steak patties in a bowl

Use your hands to combine the ingredients until they are evenly mixed. Divide the mixture into four equal pieces, then shape them into flattened ovals.

Cooked beef patties in a skillet

Heat 1 Tbsp cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the shaped patties in the hot skillet for about five minutes on each side, or until they are well browned on each side. Remove the cooked patties to a clean plate.

Sliced mushrooms on a cutting board with the sliced onion.

While the beef patties are cooking, slice 8 oz. mushrooms.

Onions and Mushrooms added to the skillet

After removing the cooked beef from the skillet, add the sliced onion and mushrooms. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, then continue to cook the onions and mushrooms over medium heat until they have softened. Allow the moisture released from the onions and mushrooms to help dissolve any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.

Butter and flour added to the skillet with the mushrooms and onions.

Once the mushrooms and onions have softened and most of the moisture has evaporated from the skillet, add 2 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour. Continue to stir and cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes more. The flour and butter will form a paste and begin to coat the bottom of the skillet.

Beef broth being poured into the skillet

Add 1.5 cups beef broth and another 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Stir and cook over medium heat, dissolving the flour into the broth. When the broth reaches a simmer, it will thicken into a gravy.

Beef patties returned to gravy in the skillet

Return the beef patties to the skillet with the gravy and spoon the gravy over top. 

Simmered Salisbury Steaks in the skillet with mushroom gravy.

Continue to let the patties simmer in the gravy for another five minutes. 

Close up side view of the Salisbury Steak in the skillet with mushroom gravy.

Taste the gravy and adjust the salt and pepper if needed.

A plate full of Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy, mashed potatoes, and green peas.

Serve with mashed potatoes and peas for a classic comfort meal!

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Y’all know I’m obsessed with meatballs, right? They’re just so easy, delicious, and something that I’m always in the mood for. So, when I got an unexpected pound of ground chicken in my Instacart order a couple of weeks ago, I knew exactly what to do with it—Chicken Parmesan Meatballs! While ground chicken isn’t my […]

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Y’all know I’m obsessed with meatballs, right? They’re just so easy, delicious, and something that I’m always in the mood for. So, when I got an unexpected pound of ground chicken in my Instacart order a couple of weeks ago, I knew exactly what to do with it—Chicken Parmesan Meatballs! While ground chicken isn’t my favorite, you can never go wrong with a meatball. Plenty of Parmesan and a few simple herbs and spices turned that lack luster ground chicken into something totally crave-worthy. Meatballs for the win!

And don’t worry, even though I did not actually order the ground chicken, I still paid for it. ;)

Simple Chicken Parmesan Meatballs and Pasta

A bowl of spaghetti with sauce and chicken parmesan meatballs, a black fork twirled in the pasta on the side.

The recipe for these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs is one that you’ll want to memorize. It’s just a really good, simple, basic meatball that you can use with any ground meat that you have on hand. 

Can I Bake the Meatballs?

Yes, if you prefer to make the meatballs in the oven instead of a skillet, simply line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake in a preheated 400ºF oven for about 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 165ºF. Do keep in mind that baked meatballs will not achieve the nice browning on the outside that you get with cooking in a skillet. The browned surface does provide additional flavor.

Can I Freeze the Chicken Meatballs?

Yes, you can freeze the meatballs either cooked or uncooked. Either way, freeze the meatballs on a lined baking sheet first to prevent them from sticking together. Then, once frozen solid, transfer to a zip top freezer bag for long term storage (about 3 months).

To cook meatballs that were frozen raw, let the meatballs thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes, then cook in a skillet just as directed below.

To cook meatballs that are frozen after cooking, simply drop them into a pot of hot pasta sauce directly from the freezer, and allow them to heat through in the sauce.

Can I Use a Different Kind of Ground Meat?

Yes. This mixture of Parmesan and herbs is so versatile that it goes great with just about any type of ground meat. Try it with pork, turkey, or even beef.

Two chicken Parmesan meatballs on a wooden spoon held above the pot of sauce.

 
Close up side view of chicken Parmesan meatballs on a pile of spaghetti with sauce
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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

This simple recipe for Chicken Parmesan Meatballs is an easy weeknight dinner win! Swap out any ground meat you have for a quick and delicious dinner.
Total Cost $7.57 recipe / $1.89 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 5 meatballs each
Calories 728.83kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

  • ½ cup breadcrumbs $0.13
  • cup ground Parmesan $0.59
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • ½ tsp dried basil $0.05
  • ½ tsp dried oregano $0.05
  • ¼ tsp salt $0.02
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 1 lb. ground chicken $3.29
  • 1 large egg $0.23
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil $0.08

For Serving

  • 12 oz. pasta $1.00
  • 1 24oz. jar pasta sauce $2.09

Instructions

  • Combine the breadcrumbs and seasoning first. In a small bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan, garlic powder, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the ground chicken to a large bowl, then add the seasoned breadcrumb mixture and the egg. Use your hands to combine the ingredients until evenly mixed.
  • Shape the meat mixture into meatballs, about 1-1.5 Tbsp each. You should get around 20 meatballs.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot and the oil is shimmering, add half of the meatballs. Cook the meatballs about one minute on each side, until all six sides are browned and the meatballs are cooked through. Transfer the cooked meatballs to a clean plate. Add the second tablespoon of cooking oil to the skillet and cook the second batch of meatballs in the same manner.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, begin the pasta and sauce. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook until tender (7-10 minutes). Drain the pasta in a colander. Add the sauce to a medium sauce pot and heat over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
  • Once all the meatballs are finished cooking, add them to the pot of heated pasta sauce and stir to coat. If needed, allow them to heat for a few minutes in the sauce.
  • Serve the cooked and drained pasta topped with sauce and meatballs.

Notes

If you prefer to make your own pasta sauce, try my 5-Ingredient Butter Tomato Sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 728.83kcal | Carbohydrates: 88.25g | Protein: 38.75g | Fat: 23.63g | Sodium: 1259.88mg | Fiber: 6.48g

Scroll down for the step by step photos!

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Close up side view of chicken Parmesan meatballs on a pile of spaghetti with sauce

How to Make Chicken Parmesan Meatballs – Step by Step Photos

Breadcrumbs Parmesan and herbs in a bowl

First mix the dry ingredients for the meatballs. In a bowl, stir together ½ cup breadcrumbs, 1/3 cup grated Parmesan, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp dried basil, ½ tsp dried oregano, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper.

Ground chicken, egg, and seasoned breadcrumbs in a bowl

Next, add 1 lb. ground chicken, 1 large egg, and the seasoned breadcrumb mixture to a bowl.

Mixed chicken meatball mixture

Use your hands to combine the ingredients until they are evenly mixed.

Shaped chicken meatballs on an orange plastic cutting board

Shape the chicken mixture into meatballs, about 1 to 1.5 Tbsp each, or about 20 meatballs.

Cooked meatballs in a skillet

Add 1 Tbsp cooking oil to a large skillet and heat over medium. Once the skillet is hot and the oil is shimmering, add half of the meatballs. Cook the meatballs for about one minute on each side, until all six sides are well browned and the meatballs are cooked through. Transfer the cooked meatballs to a clean plate, add another tablespoon of oil, and cook the second batch of meatballs in the same manner.

Cooked meatballs in a bowl

While the meatballs are cooking, begin the pasta and sauce. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and continue to boil until tender. Drain the pasta in a colander. Add the sauce to a medium sauce pot and heat over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

Cooked meatballs added to pot of pasta sauce

Add the cooked meatballs to the heated sauce and stir to combine. If needed, let the meatballs heat for a few minutes in the sauce.

A bowl full of spaghetti with sauce and Chicken Parmesan Meatballs, with a fork in the side.

Serve the cooked and drained pasta with sauce and meatballs. Enjoy!

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Broiled Shrimp

Broiled shrimp is one of the best ways to cook it! It’s easy and comes out juicy and perfectly seasoned. Add breading for an irresistible crunch! Just when we have our favorite way to cook shrimp…along comes another one! And this Broiled Shrimp is out of this world good. When we made it, I couldn’t stop declaring my praises for it. “Wow!” kept slipping out of my mouth, and I immediately texted my best friend and mom to share the recipe. That’s when you know it’s a keeper. This broiled shrimp is tender, juicy, and so fast to cook. You don’t even need to preheat the oven! It’s perfectly seasoned with garlic and lemon. Make it with or without a breadcrumb coating, which adds the perfect crunch. You’ve got to try this one! How to make broiled shrimp: some tips! This broiled shrimp is so quick and easy, it’s become our new go-to method (that and our stovetop Ssimp). The nice thing about this broiled shrimp vs our baked shrimp is that you don’t even have to wait for the oven to preheat. Just throw it in and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. It’s so easy, it barely requires […]

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Broiled shrimp is one of the best ways to cook it! It’s easy and comes out juicy and perfectly seasoned. Add breading for an irresistible crunch!

Broiled shrimp

Just when we have our favorite way to cook shrimp…along comes another one! And this Broiled Shrimp is out of this world good. When we made it, I couldn’t stop declaring my praises for it. “Wow!” kept slipping out of my mouth, and I immediately texted my best friend and mom to share the recipe. That’s when you know it’s a keeper. This broiled shrimp is tender, juicy, and so fast to cook. You don’t even need to preheat the oven! It’s perfectly seasoned with garlic and lemon. Make it with or without a breadcrumb coating, which adds the perfect crunch. You’ve got to try this one!

How to make broiled shrimp: some tips!

This broiled shrimp is so quick and easy, it’s become our new go-to method (that and our stovetop Ssimp). The nice thing about this broiled shrimp vs our baked shrimp is that you don’t even have to wait for the oven to preheat. Just throw it in and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. It’s so easy, it barely requires thought. Here are the basic steps:

  • Use any type of shrimp. Frozen or fresh works! Tail on looks nice, but not required if you don’t like the extra step.
  • Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until opaque! It will vary based on the shrimp size, so make sure to keep an eye on it.
  • Rotate the pan for even cooking. Some broilers can be uneven (ours is!), so rotating the pan helps the shrimp to become evenly browned.
Broiled shrimp

Breadcrumb topping is optional (but so tasty!)

This broiled shrimp recipe is over-the-top good with the breadcrumb topping! It makes for the perfect crispy crunch and nuanced flavor. But it’s absolutely as delicious without the coating. It makes the recipe easier and gluten-free as well.

If you do use the breadcrumb topping, here are a few notes about the breadcrumbs:

  • Use homemade if at all possible. We followed the How to Make Breadcrumbs recipe, which results in beautifully fresh, crunchy crumbs. We also added the Italian seasonings that are listed in the recipe, but no salt. Homemade breadcrumbs are much more delicious than store bought, so we’d highly recommend this option.
  • If using store bought, try to find plain or those without salt. Try to find plain breadcrumbs. That means there’s no added salt!
  • Or, adjust salt in the recipe accordingly. If all you can find is store bought breadcrumbs with salt, adjust the salt in the recipe. We’d suggest adding about half the specified salt.
Breadcrumbs

Seasoning variations for broiled shrimp

This broiled shrimp recipe is Mediterranean in style: it uses lemon, garlic, oregano, onion powder, and lemon for the seasonings. It comes out so delicious we’ll probably always make this version! But if you’d like to vary the vibe of this broiled shrimp, go for it! Here are some ideas:

  • Feta crumbles. Omit the breadcrumbs. Top with feta for a Mediterranean or Greek-style vibe.
  • Cilantro lime. Switch out oregano for cumin and lemon juice for lime. (See also Cilantro Lime Shrimp.)
  • Curry powder or curry paste. Heighten the flavors by stirring in curry powder or curry paste to taste (skip the oregano).
Broiled shrimp

How to thaw frozen shrimp

You can use either frozen or fresh shrimp for this broiled shrimp: either it just as good! In fact, sometimes frozen shrimp can be even fresher, if it’s frozen right when it’s caught. The only hard part about frozen shrimp is…you have to make time to thaw it! Here are a few options depending on when you think of it:

  • Day before: If you think ahead, simply place the frozen shrimp in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Day of: Place the frozen shrimp into a bowl with cold water. Let a small trickle of cold water run into the bowl to keep the water moving. The shrimp should be defrosted in about 15 minutes.
Broiled shrimp

What to serve with broiled shrimp

There are so many things to accessorize with this tasty broiled shrimp to make it a meal! Here are a few of our favorite sides to go with shrimp:

This broiled shrimp recipe is…

Pescatarian and gluten-free (without the breadcrumbs, which is just as good!). Gluten-free breadcrumbs are also easy to find.

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Broiled shrimp

Perfect Broiled Shrimp (Fast & Easy!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

Broiled shrimp is one of the best ways to cook it! It’s easy and comes out juicy and perfectly seasoned. Add breading for an irresistible crunch!


Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp, deveined (tail on or off)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt*
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (optional; homemade* or plain purchased breadcrumbs)
  • Lemon wedges
  • Chopped parsley or cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. If frozen, thaw the shrimp.
  3. Pat the shrimp dry.
  4. Mince the garlic. In a medium bowl, toss with the shrimp with the olive oil, garlic, oregano, onion powder, and kosher salt*. Toss until fully combined. If using breadcrumbs, add them and toss until all shrimp are coated.
  5. Place the shrimp on a baking sheet in an even layer. (You can add a few additional pinches of breadcrumbs if there were places where they did not stick to the shrimp.) Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake until juicy and opaque, about 3 to 6 minutes, until juicy and opaque, rotating the tray as necessary for even cooking.
  6. Spritz with fresh lemon juice from lemon wedges, sprinkle with chopped parsley or cilantro, and serve immediately.

Notes

*Homemade breadcrumbs are the best, if possible! Make sure the breadcrumbs have a fine texture so they stick to the shrimp. If you’re using purchased breadcrumbs, make sure they are plain with no added salt. If they are salted, adjust the salt quantity in the recipe to use less (start with half). Note that nutrition info below is without breadcrumbs.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Broiled
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Keywords: Broiled shrimp

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  • Garlic Butter Shrimp HUGE flavor in under 10 minutes! A fast and easy dinner for weeknights or entertaining, it will become your go-to.
  • Shrimp and Broccoli Soy sauce and rice vinegar flavor this shrimp and broccoli, which comes together in minutes! Serve with rice or over noodles.
  • Coconut Shrimp Curry Tastes better than a restaurant in under 30 minutes! It’s a Thai red curry flavored with coconut milk and curry paste.

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Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

This cauliflower pasta is loaded with flavor, packed with caramelized roasted cauliflower, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil! Is there any thing better than roasted cauliflower? Over here, we can eat an entire tray in just a few minutes (oops!). So why not make it into a main dish? Meet this Roasted Cauliflower Pasta. It’s got tender, caramelized cauliflower: sweet, lemony and garlicky. Then it’s got al dente pasta that’s covered in a quick Parmesan pan sauce. Top it all off with crunchy basil breadcrumbs and toasted pine nuts and well: it’s an explosion of flavor. Here’s how to make our new favorite pasta. What’s in this cauliflower pasta? This cauliflower pasta makes the most out of its short ingredient list! You don’t need much to get big flavor. This pasta is Italian-style: in Sicilian cooking cauliflower is often paired with lemon, Parmesan and pine nuts. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe: Cauliflower: You’ll make our Perfect Roasted Cauliflower: just one head of cauliflower, olive oil, garlic and lemon zest Pasta: You can use any type of noodles (we prefer short like rigatoni, penne, etc — see below!) Breadcrumbs: The best are homemade, but you can also use plain store […]

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This cauliflower pasta is loaded with flavor, packed with caramelized roasted cauliflower, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil!

Cauliflower pasta

Is there any thing better than roasted cauliflower? Over here, we can eat an entire tray in just a few minutes (oops!). So why not make it into a main dish? Meet this Roasted Cauliflower Pasta. It’s got tender, caramelized cauliflower: sweet, lemony and garlicky. Then it’s got al dente pasta that’s covered in a quick Parmesan pan sauce. Top it all off with crunchy basil breadcrumbs and toasted pine nuts and well: it’s an explosion of flavor. Here’s how to make our new favorite pasta.

What’s in this cauliflower pasta?

This cauliflower pasta makes the most out of its short ingredient list! You don’t need much to get big flavor. This pasta is Italian-style: in Sicilian cooking cauliflower is often paired with lemon, Parmesan and pine nuts. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Cauliflower: You’ll make our Perfect Roasted Cauliflower: just one head of cauliflower, olive oil, garlic and lemon zest
  • Pasta: You can use any type of noodles (we prefer short like rigatoni, penne, etc — see below!)
  • Breadcrumbs: The best are homemade, but you can also use plain store bought breadcrumbs
  • Fresh basil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Butter
  • Toasted pine nuts: they’re optional, but so good! If you can’t find them, you can substitute toasted slivered almonds, or omit them.
Cauliflower pasta

Serve with a side to make a filling meal!

One thing to note about this cauliflower pasta is that it disappears quickly! The serving size is moderate, so you’ll want to serve it with a side dish to keep the meal filling. Especially if you’re feeding hungry eaters! Here are some ideas for a filling Italian-style meal:

Roasted cauliflower

Tips on roasting cauliflower for pasta

This cauliflower pasta recipe uses our favorite method for making cauliflower: this Perfect Roasted Cauliflower. To us, this is the ultimate way to make cauliflower taste incredible. Open that tab in a separate browser while you make this pasta. Here are a few notes on the method:

  • Roasting at high heat (450 degrees). This makes for the perfect browned, caramelized cauliflower: browning is your friend!
  • Use parchment paper for easy cleanup. We always use parchment paper when roasting veggies because it makes cleanup a breeze. Avoid silicon baking mats, since they can make the vegetables mushy instead of crisp.
  • Don’t forget to add the garlic and lemon zest! This is what takes the flavoring over the top. Make sure to account for this final step while you’re following the pasta recipe.

Use any pasta shape you’d like!

You can use any pasta shape you’d like for this cauliflower pasta! We used rigatoni because we like the look. A short pasta is nice here because it makes it easy to get cauliflower and pasta in each bite. But you could use long noodles if that’s all you have! Here are some pasta types we’d recommend:

  • Short pasta: Rigatoni, penne, cavatappi, shells, gemelli
  • Long pasta: Spaghetti, bucatini, linguine
How to make bread crumbs

Some notes on breadcrumbs

The crunchy breadcrumb topping takes this cauliflower pasta over the top! Here are some notes on the breadcrumbs element:

  • Best choice: make your own! If you have leftover bread laying around, it’s as simple as whizzing it in a food processor (or blender) and baking it in a 300 degree oven to make them crispy. Go to How to Make Breadcrumbs.
  • If you use store bought, be careful about salt. Try to buy crumbs that are coarse textured, because they’ll provide the best crunch. Use crumbs without salt if at all possible. If all you can find is breadcrumbs that have added salt, use less salt when flavoring the pasta!
Cauliflower pasta

Toasted pine nuts optional

Pine nuts can be hard to find and expensive, but they add a unique flavor to this cauliflower pasta! If you can find them, they’re a nice addition. Here are a few notes on the pine nuts element:

  • Don’t skip toasting the nuts! It brings out the flavor. Make sure to go to How to Toast Pine Nuts for instructions on how to toast them! It really brings out the flavor. We taste-tasted without toasting and it was far less flavorful.
  • Omit and it’s still good. If you still want the crunch of nut, you could use Toasted Slivered Almonds. But its just as good without!

And that’s it! Let us know if you try this cauliflower pasta and what you think in the comments below.

Cauliflower pasta

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Cauliflower pasta

Roasted Cauliflower Pasta


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This cauliflower pasta is loaded with flavor, packed with caramelized roasted cauliflower, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil!


Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Perfect Roasted Cauliflower
  • 8 ounces short pasta (rigatoni, penne, etc)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (homemade or plain store bought breadcrumbs* — see note)
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, optional

Instructions

  1. Make the cauliflower: Make the Roasted Cauliflower. When it’s done, make sure to add the garlic and lemon zest per that recipe.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  3. Make the breadcrumbs: While the water is coming to a boil, use a large knife to chop the basil leaves together with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese until it’s finely chopped. Then place it in a bowl and combine it with the breadcrumbs.
  4. Boil the pasta: Boil the pasta until it is al dente (start tasting a few minutes before the package recommends: you want it to be tender but still a little firm on the inside). Reserve about 3/4 cup of the pasta water. Then drain the pasta and return it to the pot. 
  5. Season the pasta: Immediately add the butter and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or less if you’re using purchased bread crumbs with salt) stirring until it melts, then add the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese about 1/2 cup pasta water. Stir until a creamy sauce forms, adding more of the reserved pasta water if necessary (if it gums up, just keep adding pasta water and stirring until a creamy sauce forms)
  6. Assemble the pasta and serve: Stir in the roasted cauliflower to the pasta. Top with the breadcrumb topping and a drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with red pepper flakes and toasted pine nuts, if using. Serve warm.

Notes

*If you can only find store bought breadcrumbs that have salt, dial back the salt in the pasta to account for this (see Step 5). 

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Cauliflower Pasta

More vegetable pasta recipes

We’ve got lots more delicious vegetable-centric pasta recipes to choose from. Here are some favorites:

  • Roasted Eggplant Pasta Roasted eggplant + zesty marinara sauce! An impressive plant based dinner, it works for weeknights or parties.
  • Vegan Pasta Primavera So full of flavor! It features spaghetti with spring vegetables like asparagus, peas, spinach, and zesty lemon.
  • Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo This vegan fettuccine alfredo tastes decadent, but the creamy sauce is filled with healthy plant based ingredients…like cauliflower!

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Shaved Parmesan Asparagus with Soft Boiled Eggs and Crunchy Brown Butter Breadcrumbs.

This is one seriously delicious shaved asparagus salad. Look at those eggs! And the crisp green ribbons! Makes me want to eat spring in a bowl. This is like a sunshine hug. I know that this isn’t a pantry meal at the moment (unless you’ve got some breadcrumbs, ha!) but I made it before everything […]

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This is one seriously delicious shaved asparagus salad.

This shaved asparagus salad is tossed with a delicious parmesan vinaigrette, then topped with soft boiled eggs and finished with crunchy garlic breadcrumbs!

Look at those eggs! And the crisp green ribbons! Makes me want to eat spring in a bowl. This is like a sunshine hug.

This shaved asparagus salad is tossed with a delicious parmesan vinaigrette, then topped with soft boiled eggs and finished with crunchy garlic breadcrumbs!

I know that this isn’t a pantry meal at the moment (unless you’ve got some breadcrumbs, ha!) but I made it before everything hit the fan and it’s too good not to share. If you’re still able to get produce (I am as of right now), grab some asparagus. It’s coming into season and wonderful right now. 

P.S. You can always also use frozen asparagus here too! It might not “shave” as pretty, but you can always just chop it up! 

This shaved asparagus salad is tossed with a delicious parmesan vinaigrette, then topped with soft boiled eggs and finished with crunchy garlic breadcrumbs!

My oh my I’ve come a long way from the last time I made a shaved asparagus salad! That’s quite crazy if I do say so myself. 

It also seems like a lifetime ago.

This shaved asparagus salad is tossed with a delicious parmesan vinaigrette, then topped with soft boiled eggs and finished with crunchy garlic breadcrumbs!

So let’s do this thing! Make a perfect shaved asparagus bowl that you’ll want for lunch AND dinner. 

First step? Shave the asparagus and toss it in a bowl. I find that depending on the thickness of the spears, I end up having a mix of shaved asparagus and chopped ends. Whatever works! Just chop them finely since we’re not going to cook this. 

This shaved asparagus salad is tossed with a delicious parmesan vinaigrette, then topped with soft boiled eggs and finished with crunchy garlic breadcrumbs!

Then! Then make a parmesan vinaigrette and toss the asparagus well. It will sort of marinate and get super delicious. Not to mention that the parm vinaigrette is practically drinkable. It’s freaking good.

We also have soft boiled eggs! If you’re not into those, use hard boiled. Or just throw a fried egg on top. Again, make it your own!

I’m very much into exclamation points today. I’m craving exclamation points.

So!

I love the soft boiled eggs because the buttery yolk also runs into the asparagus and turns into a silky dressing-like blanket. Gosh, eggs are just my favorite food of all time. 

This shaved asparagus salad is tossed with a delicious parmesan vinaigrette, then topped with soft boiled eggs and finished with crunchy garlic breadcrumbs!

Okay but that’s not even the best part!! It’s not. Just wait.

We’re going to do my garlic brown butter breadcrumbs and get them super crunchy… then sprinkle them all over the top of the salad. 

OH MY WORD.

The flavor. The texture! It’s all so good. Satisfying, delicious, crunchy, creamy and green. Because I desperately need some brightness right now.

This shaved asparagus salad is tossed with a delicious parmesan vinaigrette, then topped with soft boiled eggs and finished with crunchy garlic breadcrumbs!

Shaved Asparagus Salad

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Shaved Parmesan Asparagus Salad

This shaved asparagus salad is tossed with a delicious parmesan vinaigrette, then topped with soft boiled eggs and finished with crunchy garlic breadcrumbs!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 pound asparagus, woody stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons diced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • 1/3 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  • To make the eggs: Heat about 3 inches of water in a small saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Once boiling, reduce the heat until it’s barely at a simmer. Add the eggs gently and cook for 6 minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place in an ice bath. Let cool completely before peeling.
  • To shave the asparagus spears, take a vegetable peeler and run it along the sides of the asparagus. I shave off as much as I can and leave the tops whole, adding it all to a large bowl.
  • In another bowl or measuring glass, whisk together the shallot, lemon juice, honey, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Stream in the olive oil while whisking. Whisk in the finely grated parm.
  • Pour a few tablespoons (enough to coat!) of the dressing over the shaved asparagus. Toss well and add more dressing as needed. Toss in the shaved parmesan.
  • Top the asparagus with the sliced soft boiled eggs and the breadcrumbs. Add more dressing if desired!
  • breadcrumbs
  • Add the butter to a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk constantly while it bubbles. The minute brown bits begin to form on the bottom of the pan, add in minced garlic and breadcrumbs. Stir constantly, cooking for a few minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden and crunchy.

Notes

inspired by bon appetit

This shaved asparagus salad is tossed with a delicious parmesan vinaigrette, then topped with soft boiled eggs and finished with crunchy garlic breadcrumbs!

Everything I want right now. Can this salad be my social interaction?

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Teriyaki Meatball Bowls

I’m kind of obsessed with meatballs. They’re easy to make, filling, they pack well for lunches, are freezer-friendly, and can be paired with so many different flavors. Plus, I just kind of think meatballs cute (is that weird?). This time I seasoned my meatballs with some garlic and ginger, and drenched them in a homemade […]

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I’m kind of obsessed with meatballs. They’re easy to make, filling, they pack well for lunches, are freezer-friendly, and can be paired with so many different flavors. Plus, I just kind of think meatballs cute (is that weird?). This time I seasoned my meatballs with some garlic and ginger, and drenched them in a homemade teriyaki sauce for these super easy and delish Teriyaki Meatball Bowls. You’re going to love the simplicity of this meal, and those juicy little pork and ginger meatballs!

Originally posted 1-20-2012, updated 12-6-2019

Homemade Teriyaki Meatball Bowls

Teriyaki meatball bowls with teriyaki sauce being drizzled on top with a spoon, a bowl of sesame seeds on the side.

Can I substitute the Pork?

I used ground pork for this recipe because it’s inexpensive and always juicy, but you could certainly use ground turkey or chicken instead. The bulk of the flavor comes in the potent teriyaki glaze that coats the meatballs, so any milder ground meat works great. Ground beef can be used, but I find the flavors work a little better with mild white meat.

How long do the Teriyaki Meatball Bowls last?

You can store these meatball bowls in the refrigerator for about 4 days. To reheat, simply microwave for about 2 minutes, or until heated through.

Can the Meatball Bowls be Frozen?

Most of the components of these bowls are freezer friendly—the meatballs, rice, and broccoli. The teriyaki sauce, however, is not. Sauces thickened with cornstarch don’t tend to hold up to freezing and thawing. So you have a few options here. You can freeze the cooked or uncooked meatballs to quickly reheat or cook on busy nights, and then make the rest of the dish fresh, or freeze the meatball bowls whole but without the teriyaki sauce. You can then make the teriyaki sauce fresh and drizzle over top after reheating the bowls.

Teriyaki Meatball bowls in rectangular glass meal prep containers

You can find these rectangular Pyrex meal prep containers in my Amazon Shop.

Other Ways to Serve Teriyaki Meatball Bowls

If you love pineapple with your teriyaki, simply stir a can of drained pineapple tidbits into the sauce, or use thawed frozen pineapple tidbits. These teriyaki meatballs also make a great appetizer! Just drench them in the sauce and serve with toothpicks.

Updated Recipe

As mentioned above, this is an updated version of an old recipe from 2012. The older version had more of a sesame sauce, whereas this newer version is a straight, classic teriyaki sauce. If you’re a fan of the older version, click here to download the old recipe.

 

Teriyaki Meatball Bowls

Teriyaki Meatball Bowls include fragrant jasmine rice, tender pork meatballs, hoemamde teriyaki sauce, and broccoli florets for an easy meal prep friendly meal!

PORK AND GINGER MEATBALLS

  • 1 lb. ground pork ($3.49)
  • 1 large egg ($0.23)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs ($0.13)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced ($0.08)
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger ($0.10)
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce ($0.02)
  • 2 green onions, sliced ($0.2)

TERIYAKI SAUCE

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce ($0.48)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar ($0.18)
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger ($0.20)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 1 cup water ($0.00)
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch ($0.06)

FOR SERVING

  • 1 cup jasmine rice ($0.66)
  • 2 cups water ($0.00)
  • 2 green onions ($0.08)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds ($0.8)
  • 1 lb. frozen broccoli florets ($2.59)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Begin with the meatball mixture. Add the ground pork, egg, breadcrumbs, minced garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sliced green onions to a bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients until evenly combined.

  2. Divide and shape the meatball mixture into 16 ping pong sized balls. Place the shaped meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Baked the meatballs for about 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and have reached an internal temperature of at least 160ºF.

  3. While the meatballs are cooking, begin the rice. Add the jasmine rice and water to a sauce pot. Place a lid on top and turn the heat onto high. Bring the pot up to a full boil, then turn the heat down to low and allow it to simmer, undisturbed for 15 minutes. After simmering for 15 minutes, turn the heat off and let it sit, with the lid still in place, for an additional 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.

  4. While the rice and meatballs are cooking, prepare the teriyaki sauce. Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic, grated ginger, water, and cornstarch in a medium sauce pot. Stir to dissolve the cornstarch. Place the pot over medium heat. Stir and cook the sauce until it begins to simmer, at which point the sauce will thicken and turn from opaque to a shiny sauce. Remove the sauce from the heat.

  5. Finally, if serving the meatball bowls immediately, cook the frozen broccoli florets according to the package instructions. If you're packing the bowls as meal prep, the broccoli florets can be added in their frozen state.

  6. Once the meatballs have finished baking, add them to the sauce pot with the teriyaki sauce and stir to coat.

  7. To build the bowls, divide the cooked rice and broccoli florets between four bowls or containers. Add four meatballs to each bowl, then drizzle the extra sauce overtop. Finish the bowls by adding sliced green onion and sesame seeds to each bowl.

Scroll down for the step by step photos!

Close up of teriyaki meatball bowls with sauce being drizzled over top

 

How to Make Teriyaki Meatball Bowls – Step By Step Photos

Pork and Ginger Meatball Ingredients in a bowl

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Combine 1 lb. ground pork, 1 large egg, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 tsp grated fresh ginger, 2 sliced green onions, and 1/2 tsp soy sauce in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients until they are evenly combined.

Shaped pork meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Divide and shape the meatball mixture into 16 ping pong sized balls, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Baked pork meatballs on the baking sheet.

Bake the meatballs for about 20 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and the internal temperature has reached 160ºF.

Cooked Rice in a pot.

Once the meatballs are in the oven, begin the rice. Add 1 cup jasmine rice and 2 cups water to a sauce pot. Place a lid on top and put the pot over high heat. Bring the pot up to a full boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer with the lid in place for 15 minutes. After simmering for 15 minutes, turn the heat off and let it sit undisturbed for 5 more minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork before serving.

Teriyaki sauce in the pot uncooked

Once the meatballs and rice have started, it’s time to make the quick teriyaki sauce. In a medium sauce pot, combine 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 cloves of minced garlic, about 2 tsp grated ginger, 1 cup water, and 2 Tbsp cornstarch. Stir until the cornstarch is dissolved.

Cooked teriyaki sauce in the sauce pot

Place the sauce pot over medium heat and cook the sauce, stirring often, until it comes up to a simmer. When it reaches a simmer the sauce will thicken into a shiny glaze. Remove the sauce from the heat.

Frozen broccoli florets

If you’re going to be serving the teriyaki meatball bowls right away, heat 1 pound of frozen broccoli florets according to the package directions (or just heat in the microwave). If you’re going to be packing these bowls up for meal prep, the broccoli florets can go into the containers frozen.

Meatballs coated in teriyaki sauce in the sauce pot

By this time the meatballs should be finished baking. Transfer them to the pot with the teriyaki sauce and stir to coat.

Finished teriyaki meatball bowls with a fork, yellow napkin, and bowl of sesame seeds.

To build your bowls, divide the cooked rice and broccoli florets between four bowls. Add four meatballs to each bowl and drizzle the extra sauce over top. Finish the bowls by topping with more sliced green onion and some sesame seeds.

Teriyaki meatball bowls in rectangular glass meal prep containers

As with any meal prep, if you’re packing these up for later, make sure to get them into the refrigerator right away so they can cool down as quickly as possible to maintain quality and avoid food safety issues.

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