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Easy Meatball Casserole

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Just 4 ingredients in this EASY Meatball Casserole recipe! It’s on the table in under 30 minutes and is the perfect weeknight meal!

If you are looking for a recipe with a short prep time that’s perfect to feed a big family or take to a friend, this is the dinner for you.

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Casserole dish with spoon holding up meatballs and cheese

When I was describing this dish to a friend she told me, “Oh yeah, we call those dinners Stupid Easy Meals because they’re so easy it’s almost silly to call them a recipe!” Sometimes, this kind of a meal is something you need, right?

When your day has you craving comfort food.

When you are rushed for time or have leftover pasta.

When you’re making a casserole for a crowd, or for when a friend needs a meal.

This easy Meatball Casserole recipe is perfect for any and all of those times. With just 4 ingredients you can make this recipe from scratch or semi-homemade. It feeds a lot of people and tastes SO GOOD!

Stupid Easy just because Genius Easy, if you ask me!

casserole dish with meatball casserole

An Easy Meatball Casserole is a simple dump and bake dinner recipe with just 4 ingredients!

I made this casserole times two for two friends who needed meals. Bringing a meal to a friend is the least I can do in hard times, and I want what I bring to last, and even maybe be freezable. That’s another great thing about this dish: I freeze leftovers. (YES, you can freeze pasta! I do it all the time.)

Also, if you’ve been working a long day and then need to feed your daughter and her friends and all their friends, this is a great dump and bake meatball casserole recipe.

And all that cheese on top…heaven.

This recipe Easy Meatball Casserole recipe has 4 components:

  1. Pasta. I love using rotini, penne, bowtie or shell pasta, because those are my favorites to eat. I also tend to buy whole wheat or 50/50 pasta, but you can use whatever kind of pasta you like.
  2. Meatballs. I love using frozen meatballs (especially Italian meatballs) – and I always have at least a bag in my freezer for snacks and meals – but you can also use homemade turkey meatballs.
  3. Pasta Sauce. Again, you can use your favorite jarred sauce if you’re doing this in a hurry. Use any flavor or brand, but if you happen to have some of my Crockpot Tomato Sauce in your freezer, you can use that too.
  4. CHEESE. It wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dose of mozzarella cheese!

It’s a meatball pasta casserole everyone will love.

Easy 4 ingredient Meatball casserole recipe photo

Basically, you dump it all into a pan and bake it. Then eat or serve, easy peasy.

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Casserole dish with spoon holding up meatballs and cheese
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Servings: 4 -6 servings

Meatball Casserole

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Just 4 ingredients in this EASY Meatball Casserole recipe! It's on the table in under 30 minutes and is the perfect weeknight meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta — your choice, I like penne or rotini
  • 1 pound frozen meatballs
  • 6 cups Crockpot Marinara sauce or your favorite jarred sauce
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook pasta in boiling water just a few minutes less than called for on the package. Since you’ll be baking this you want the pasta a bit more al dente than if you were to just eat it straight from boiling. Drain well.
  3. Pour pasta into a casserole dish (9”x13” pan size). Top with frozen meatballs and sauce, then sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Bake casserole about 20 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through and cheese is melted.
  5. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or freeze for up to one month.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 /6 recipe) — Calories: 774, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 91mg, Sodium: 1585mg, Carbohydrates: 223g, Fiber: 88g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 29g

Turkey Meatballs

meatballs in sauce in pan

Easy Baked Penne

Easy Baked Penne Pasta Casserole

Crockpot Tomato Sauce

tomato sauce in slow cooker
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6 comments

  1. Oh my god, heaven on a plate. Or in a platter I guess 🙂 This looks SO cozy!

  2. Just lived the cheesy penne pasta recipe….excellent!

  3. So easy recipe and it looks delicious too. Thanks for sharing this recipe. 🙂

  4. So easy recipe and it looks delicious too. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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