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  • Writer's pictureJenn Clayton

French Onion Meatballs w/Orzo

Saucy french onion meatballs and orzo loaded with sweet caramlized onions! Yum!

Ultimate comfort foodpacked with protein!! Reminds me of French Onion soup but better!


  • 2 pounds yellow onions, thinly sliced

  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 cup unseasoned dried breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup lowfat milk

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pound 96% ground beef

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup shredded light cheese (about 3 ounces)

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with aluminum foil.

Heat a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onions and baking soda and cook, stirring every few minutes with a wooden spoon, for 15 minutes. Continue cooking, stirring more frequently and scraping up the browned buildup that forms at the bottom of the pan, until the onions are a deep golden-brown, 10 to 15 minutes more.

Place the breadcrumbs in a large bowl, pour in the milk, and stir to combine. Add the caramelized onions (reserving some for garnish, if you want), garlic, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper and stir to combine.

Add the ground meat and eggs, and use your fingers to combine the meat and flavorings. Handle the meat gently and do not overmix. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and gently press down into an even layer.

Bake until the middle of the loaf registers at least 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, 55 to 60 minutes.

Remove the meatloaf from the oven and set the oven to broil. Sprinkle the reserved caramelized onions and Gruyère evenly over the top of the meatloaf. Broil until the cheese is bubbly and browned around the edges, about 2 minutes.

Let the meatloaf cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove from the pan by grasping and lifting it out with the foil to a clean cutting board. Drain off the excess grease. Slice and serve.

6 Servings:

6 points

229 calories

6g fat

14g carbs

19g protein

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