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Meatball Pasta Bake (Pasta al Forno) Recipe

Meatball Pasta Bake (Pasta al Forno) Recipe
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How To Make Meatball Pasta Bake (Pasta al Forno)

We  just love baked pasta. Picture delicious noodles in casserole form. It’s a rich, flavorful, and saucy concoction that is simply irresistible. You can definitely count us in, anytime. This dish is an excellent choice for a sit-down dinner with the clan, or a treat for yourself—if you’re up to it! Check out this roster of baked pasta recipes to discover different renditions to recreate.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 60 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 8 oz pasta
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and grease a baking dish.

  2. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, and black pepper until well combined. Shape into small meatballs.

  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown the meatballs on all sides. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

  5. In the same skillet, heat the marinara sauce until warmed through.

  6. In the prepared baking dish, combine the cooked pasta, meatballs, and marinara sauce. Mix well to coat the pasta and meatballs evenly.

  7. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the top.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  9. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

  10. Serve the meatball pasta bake hot, garnished with extra Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, if desired.

Nutrition

  • Calories : 552kcal
  • Total Fat : 22g
  • Saturated Fat : 9g
  • Cholesterol : 126mg
  • Sodium : 871mg
  • Total Carbohydrates : 51g
  • Dietary Fiber : 3g
  • Sugar : 5g
  • Protein : 37g
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