Monday, April 17, 2017

Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole

Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

From start to finish this dish will take just under an hour. That might seem like a long time especially when there are many recipes that can be ready from start to finish in under 30 minutes. However, this recipe can be ready to bake in 10 minutes or less. So the majority of the time is time the dish is cooking in the oven. Plus the pasta cooks in the oven, so there is no need to precook the pasta. And of course the dish is absolutely delicious. 

Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 25 ounces marinara sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 16 ounces rotini pasta, uncooked
  • 14 ounces frozen fully cooked miniature meatballs, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ยบ F. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In the prepared baking dish add the marinara sauce and water, stirring to combine. Stir in the uncooked pasta and thawed meatballs. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  3. Uncover the dish and stir. Sprinkle the cheese over top of the pasta and cook uncovered for 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and pasta is done.
Enjoy!!!

Notes:
You can use homemade meatballs instead of frozen, just make sure they are completely cooked.

Instead of Italian cheese blend you could use mozzarella cheese.

After 35 minutes the pasta should be cooked to al dente, almost done. If it is not, cover the dish again and bake until the pasta is al dente.


Nutrition Facts

Serves: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 643

Total Fat

27.6g

Saturated Fat

12.5g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0.2g

Monounsaturated Fat

0.7g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

51.1g

Sodium

798.1g

Potassium

385.1g

Total Carbohydrates

68.6g

Dietary Fiber

5.6g

Sugars

6.4g

Protein

32.5g

Vitamin A 17.05% Vitamin C 20.57%

Calcium 27.25% Iron 25.46%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from The Seasoned Mom.

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