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Ciabatta & Meatball Italian Style Stuffing

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Ever heard the saying that something “looks to good to eat”. This is pretty enough to dress up any table. Don’t let that stop you from digging in and relishing every bite though. Quick & easy, 20 minute Ciabatta & Meatball Italian Style Stuffing is the best possible mixture of crisp and tender. With crusty ciabatta bread, tender, sliced meatballs, fresh veggies, and savory spices this picture perfect holiday side dish is sure to be a new family favorite.


As a busy Mom of four, life tends to come at me fast– especially around the holidays. So much seems to be packed into this one time of year. It starts with parent teacher conferences at the beginning of November and doesn’t seem to end until Winter Break. Busy, busy, and busy. With four school aged boys? It’s quadrupled.


A busy schedule is nothing new, and life waits for no one. Before I know it they’re all going to be grown and gone from the nest. With that in mind (no matter how thin I’m stretched) I strive to make each holiday unique. I live for finding new ways to make new memories with them. Sometimes though that also means bringing back old favorites year after year.


One thing’s for sure– I don’t want to have to choose between creating the family tablescape or painting place mats for Thanksgiving dinner and being chauffeur for the play group’s football game. This is why I’ve always got something from Farm Rich on hand in the freezer. For those busy weeknights and for wholesome, after-school snacks, they’ve got plenty of easy snacks and appetizers to choose from that make my life that much easier.


Breaded Mushrooms. Jalapeno Peppers. Mozzarella Sticks. Potato Skins. Italian Meatballs. Just to name a few of our favs!

What about the holidays we were talking about earlier? What about those unexpected guests (there’s always one) that turn up for Thanksgiving dinner? I don’t want to turn anyone away! I also want to make sure I’ve got us covered with enough food to spare. Nobody should be left hungry or wanting at my holiday table. Again Farm Rich has a lovely line of products that helps me cover all my bases. Using said key ingredients, I can have fun and unique sides ready in just 20 minutes. Twenty minutes- flat.That is a lifeline when trying to plan out and make a big deal meal and have everything hot and ready on the table at the same time. 


Even on my busiest day, I’m sure I can always find 20 minutes. It’s all you need to serve your family a fun and tasty treat. I’m determined to share this yummy tip to making special holiday memories, especially with busy parents who think it’s just not in the cards for them.


 Farm Rich’s Italian style Meatballs are Gluten-free and pack in 12-13 grams of protein per serving. This makes them a perfect appetizer to tide over hungry house guests while everyone’s waiting for the main Holiday meal. Incorporating them into other dishes ensures a little bit goes a long way. Stuffing is a Thanksgiving staple. These meatballs are my secret ingredient to ‘dressing’ this dish up with a hearty twist. The best part? It’s mostly from scratch, it tastes amazing, and (I kid you not) takes just twenty minutes to whip up. 20 minutes to tasty, homemade stuffing? Now that’s what I call a win-win.


Crusty ciabatta bread, hearty Italian meatballs, fresh veggies, and savory spices come together in a hearty Italian-style stuffing that’s also quick and easy. Pretty enough to ‘dress’ up any Thanksgiving meal, this Ciabatta & Meatball Italian Style Stuffing tastes as good as it looks. Share the love, and share the recipe. It’s a beautiful thing when something so yummy can also help free up time to spend with family and friends outside of the kitchen.


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Ciabatta & Meatball Italian Style Stuffing

A quick and easy stuffing recipe that's given an Italian spin with crusty ciabatta bread and studded with flavorful Italian meatballs.
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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 18-20 Farm Rich Italian style frozen meatballs thawed and sliced in half
  • 1 carrot peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 1 stalk celery thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • scant 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • scant 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 12-16oz. loaf of ciabatta bread (or ciabatta rolls), roughly chopped into 1" chunks
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  • In a large skillet over high heat, melt the butter. Add in the carrot, onion, and celery and cook, stirring often, until soft, 2-3 minutes, and transfer them to a large bowl.
  • To the same bowl, add the meatballs, stock, oil, parsley, rosemary, sage, bread, salt & pepper. Stir everything until well mixed. Spread the stuffing mixture out evenly into a large cast iron skillet or into a 9" x 13" baking dish.
  • Bake at 450 degrees, or until golden brown and bread is slightly crisp on top, 15-20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley before serving.


Adapted from Saveur
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Before the big day gets here, head on over to the freezer section of your local Walmart and stock up on a variety of Farm Rich products. Just knowing you have them on hand in case of an emergency can give you piece of mind.


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  1. I love all the bright colors of this stuffing, and of course, the Farm Rich Meatballs takes it up a notch! Plus, this is also a great way to use up day-old bread!

    1. Great point Erin. I always over buy bread, and while the ciabatta usually goes quickly, other baguettes would be a quick and easy sub!

  2. This is such a unique twist on stuffing and I LOVE it!!! My kids would go crazy for this as well… we are very big fans of Farm Rich and stuffing!