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Baked Pasta and Meatballs

This Baked Pasta and Meatballs casserole has tender penne pasta baked with marinara sauce, topped with Italian seasoned meatballs and cheese.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine casserole, Italian, pasta
Keyword meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8


For the Meatballs

  • 2 lb beef minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg

For the Casserole

  • 1 lb penne pasta cooked
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce optional
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • Fresh parsley optional garnish


  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients. Adjust the dryness of the meatballs by adding or reducing the amount of breadcrumbs.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.
  3. Roll 1 Tablespoon amounts of the meatball mixture into balls and place in a 9" x 13" casserole dish. Repeat with entire mixture.
  4. Bake the meatballs for 15-20 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time, until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 160F.
  5. Meanwhile, cook your pasta.
  6. Once the meatballs are cooked and pasta is cooked and drained, combine the pasta, meatballs and marinara sauce in your casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese.
  7. Reduce oven temperature to 350F and place casserole dish in the oven for 8-10 minutes, just to melt the cheese.

Recipe Notes

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