Meatball Pasta Bake

In the house that I live in right now (with my aunt and cousin), I started trying to make time to make dinner on Sundays. I bought a cooking book to add to the one I got for Christmas and started trying out new recipes. One weekend, in preparation for grocery shopping and trying to figure out what to make on Sunday, I looked to Pinterest. When I saw that we had frozen meatballs still, I specifically looked for a recipe that used frozed meatballs and found this delicious recipe for a Meatball Pasta Bake from The Cooking Jar.

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This recipe is super easy to make and it’s really yummy!

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. ziti/penne/rigatoni pasta
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce
  • 1 lb. frozen, pre-cooked Italian meatballs
  • 8 oz. mozzarella, fresh/shredded
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (optional)

See? The ingredients are really use to get from the store too! Usually I just use whatever pasta (aside from spaghetti) that is available; usually I end up mixing rigatoni, my favorite, with penne. For the meatballs, she has her own recipe for homemade meatballs that you can use from her site; I believe I used some from Costco that were frozen. Note that you definitely need to use nice mozzarella in order for it to melt properly, something I learned the hard way when mine didn’t come out cheesy enough. I also skipped the basil.

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta until just before al dente (the box will tell you)
  2. Drain and rinse pasta under cold water to stop the cooking process
  3. Simmer the marinara sauce oven medium heat in the skillet. Add the meatballs to the skillet, coat them fully in the sauce and simmer about 5 minutes
  4. Combine meatballs and sauce with pasta and mix well
  5. Transfer to a 9×13 casserole dish and top with mozzarella cheese
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and is bubbly
  7. Dish and serve hot sprinkled with chopped fresh basil

Also really easy! I’ve made this recipe at least twice now since discovering it. It’s easy, reminds me of comfort food, and makes great leftovers!

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I have another recipe, a side dish, that I can’t wait to share with you next time! While you’re waiting, head over to my recipe index and check out other recipes I’ve tried and visit those blogs for even more!

 

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