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Meatball Pasta Bake Recipe

This Meatball Pasta Bake has tender penne pasta baked in meat sauce and marinara, topped with delicious Italian meatballs and mozzarella cheese.  It’s always a huge hit with the entire family!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling time5 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 309kcal
Author: The Carefree Kitchen


  • 1 16 oz box Penne Pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 medium Onions diced
  • 3 Tablespoons Garlic minced
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 24 oz can Spaghetti Sauce your favorite brand
  • 2 Cups Mozzerella Cheese shredded
  • Cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 15 large Meatballs homemade or store bought, thawed if frozen


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cook penne pasta to al dente, according to package instructions, then drain and set aside.
  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil.  Add the onions and cook until soft and light golden brown.  Next, add the minced garlic and cook while stirring for about 2 more minutes. 
  • Add the ground beef and cook until only a little pink shows, or about 7-8 minutes, then add spaghetti sauce and mix until combined.
  • Remove from the heat and add the cooked pasta into the tomato and meat sauce, stirring until combined. Add half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and mix to combine.
  • Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and add the pasta mixture, then top with the rest of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Place the meatballs evenly around the baking dish, pressing them in gently.
  • Bake uncovered in a 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes minutes, or until the cheese on top is lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. 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