Easy Meatball Pasta Bake

Easy Meatball Pasta Bake

I do have a passion for cooking but I admit sometimes I get tired and I need a break and that's when I want to cook something basic - quick, simple, with minimal effort and few dishes to wash. This meatball pasta bake is brilliant, I didn't expect it to be this good with so little effort, it was a nice surprise not just for me, but for everybody.

For the best result I recommend choosing high quality pasta made from hard wheat, as for the meatballs, you can use any meat you have or you like. I shaped them with the help of my 5-year-old Maria and she was very excited to take part in the process.

Ingredients

Pasta
500 g
a regular packet - here I used spaghetti, but I think you can use any other kind of pasta you prefer
Minced meat
500 g
any kind you like
Onions
0.5 pcs
Tomato puree
500 ml
or dissolve tomato paste in water and you'll get something like tomato puree
Water
500 ml
Olive oil
100 ml
Salt
2 tsp
optionally, you can add some dried Italian herbs, some cherry tomatoes etc.

Step by step

1

Place spaghetti in a deep casserole preferably the lenght and the size of the spaghetti - not too large and not too narrow.

2

Pour olive oil and shake a bit to the sides to spread it evenly over the spaghetti.

3

Add 1 tsp salt and, optionally, some dried Italian herbs and some cherry tomatoes (I grow them in my garden and keep in the freezer for when I need them).

4

Mix the minced meat with finely chopped onions and 1 tsp salt. 

Form meatballs and place them over the spaghetti.

5

Pour tomato sauce on top.

6

And 500ml water. 

Bake in the preheated oven to 200 degrees C for about 30 minutes.

7

After this time, remove from the oven and notice that all the meatballs are already cooked and pasta is starting to grow. 

Now use a fork and carefully stir so that the sauce can reach everywhere. Stir gently, not too hard, just enough to help the ingredients blend together. 

Bake for another 10-15 minutes. 

8

This is what it looks like when it's ready, remove from the oven and let cool on the table for about 10 minutes - the necessary time to prepare a salad or whatever else you wish to combine it with.

9

Right before you serve them on the plate, mix everything together - the sauce, the meatballs and the spaghetti. 

As I was telling you, we had them with a salad and cheese, they were delicious! 

Enjoy!

Quantity: 1500 grams (8 servings)
Prep time: 60 min
Difficulty: easy
Ready in: 30 min
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