Mid-Week Pasta Bake with Homemade Meatballs

Pasta night is always a favourite in our house, whether it’s a bacon and ranch pasta or simple tomato and meat sauce it goes down well. Recently we’ve started to add some pasta bakes to our meal plans and this meatball pasta bake is now a firm favourite in the house. So here you go our delicious and easy pasta bake recipe with home-cooked meatballs ideal for family dinners that even my fussiest eater enjoys.

pasta and meatball on a fork with melted cheese a delicious meal for families to enjoy on a weeknights

Homemade Meatballs

We love meatballs, whether it’s our mozzarella stuffed meatballs or this more traditional recipe they are easy to make and can be adapted to how you would like them to be flavoured.

baked meatballs ready to be added to pasta

We’re a fan of garlic in this house so we tend to use a little more garlic in the meatballs than others but mixed with some Italian herbs it’s perfect.

If you want though just exchange the seasonings for something your family likes – onions, tomato puree, hot sauce or even some chilli powder all add different flavours to them but tasta delicious as well.

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Pasta Bake

Pasta bake is one of the easiest meals we make, whilst the meatballs are cooking we can prepare the pasta (see our guide on how to cook pasta) and then throw it together and let the cheese melt all over the pasta and marinara sauce.

pasta bake with meatballs great for mid week family dinners

When it comes to which cheese to choose we either us mozzarella or my personal favourite extra strong cheddar sprinkled with some Parmesan over the top.

homemade pasta bake with meatballs and melted cheese on a plate

What to Serve the Pasta Bake With

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We either serve with homemade dinner rolls or our delicious garlic bread.

Then for dessert either the kids favourite Brownie Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich or a peanut butter brownie and ice-cream.

Yield: 8 people

Easy Mid-Week Meatball Pasta Bake

pasta bake with homemade meatballs on a red plate with the casserole dish behind a great family meal dea

A delicious and easy mid-week family meal of meatball pasta bake with melted cheese on top. Perfect for busy moms to cook for the family.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


For the Meat Balls:

  • 2 lb beef, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg

For the Pasta Bake:

  • 1 lb penne pasta, cooked
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, optional
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fresh parsley, optional garnish


  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients. Adjust the dryness of the meatballs by adding or reducing the amount of breadcrumbs.ingredients for making stuffed meatballs in a bowl ready to mix by hand
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.
  3. Roll 1 Tablespoon amounts of the meatball mixture into balls and place in a 9" x 13" casserole dish. Repeat with entire mixture.homemade meatballs in a casserole dish ready for the oven
  4. Bake the meatballs for 15-20 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time, until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 160F.baked meatballs ready to be added to pasta
  5. Meanwhile, cook your pasta.cooking pasta needs boiling water
  6. Once the meatballs are cooked and pasta is cooked and drained, combine the pasta, meatballs and marinara sauce in your casserole dish.pasta with meatballs and a tomato sauce ready for cheese to be added
  7. Top with shredded cheese.shredded cheese topped the pasta
  8. Reduce oven temperature to 350F and place casserole dish in the oven for 8-10 minutes, just to melt the cheese.pasta bake with meatballs great for mid week family dinners


Cook your pasta whilst the meatballs bake check out our simple guide on how to cook the best pasta every time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 630Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 669mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 43g

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