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meatball pasta bake
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Penne Pasta and Italian Meatball Bake

This penne pasta bake with meat sauce and Italian Meatballs is a huge hit!  Tender penne pasta baked in meat sauce and topped with delicious mozzarella cheese, your family is going to love this one!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling time5 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 309kcal


  • 1 package, 8 servings Penne Pasta
  • 2 med Onions, diced or chopped finely
  • 3 Tablespoons Garlic
  • 1 lb Hamburger
  • 15 large Meatballs
  • 1 can (24 oz) Spaghetti Sauce-use your favorite kind (I use the "Hunts Traditional" It's inexpensive but it isn't watery and doesn't have chunks. My kids like it)
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Cups Mozzerella Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and spray and 9 by 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Boil Penne pasta according to package instructions.  Be sure to cook till al' dente, still chewy, not mushy. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, add the olive oil.  Add the 2 medium onions, chopped. Cook the oil and the onion until the onion is lightly golden brown.  Add the minced garlic and cook while stirring for 2 more minutes. 
  • Add the ground beef and cook until only a little pink shows. Add the can of tomato sauce. Mix until combined.
  • Add the drained pasta in with the sauce. Stir until combined.
  • Pour the pasta, with the sauce, into a 9 by 13" baking dish. 
  • Top with half of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Stir gently.  Add the rest of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Add the meatballs.
  • Bake uncovered in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese on top is lightly golden. Remove from the oven, enjoy!


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 529mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 2.2mg