A cheesy baked pasta with meatballs that’s easy to make ahead and reheat.
This recipe is great for my semi-homemade tomato sauce because you can cook the meatballs in the slow cooker with the sauce instead of in the oven. I made this a few weeks ago and ate it for lunch during the week. To reheat, add a small amount of water in the bottom of the baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for about 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees. If you microwave it, also add a small amount of water to the bottom of the dish so the food doesn’t dry out.
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Meatball Pasta Bake
- 2½ cups frozen cooked meatballs thawed
- 2 cups uncooked pasta (fusilli, penne, rigatoni, etc.)
- 3 cups tomato sauce
- 1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
- ¼ cup heavy cream optional
- Pour sauce into slow cooker. If using my semi-homemade tomato sauce recipe, combine all sauce ingredients in the slow cooker. (If you don't have a slow cooker, just cook the meatballs according to the package instructions and combine with the sauce after they are done.)
- Add meatballs and stir with a spatula to coat with the sauce.
- Cook on high for 20 to 30 minutes. (Check after 15 minutes. If sauce is popping or splattering a lot, reduce to low.)
- Cook pasta according to package instructions (start this before the meatballs are done to save time).
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Stir pasta, sauce, and meatballs together. Stir in heavy cream.
- Transfer half of the pasta mixture to a baking dish. Cover with half of the mozzarella cheese. Add another layer of pasta and cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
Delicious! The family loved it.
Glad they loved it!
I’ve been doing that dish and various others like that 40 years now