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.


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
0.5 pieces
Tomato puree
500 ml
or dissolve tomato paste in water and you'll get something like tomato puree
500 ml
Olive oil
100 ml
2 tsp
optionally, you can add some dried Italian herbs, some cherry tomatoes etc.

Step by step

Step 1

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

Easy Meatball Pasta Bake  - Step 1
Step 2

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

Easy Meatball Pasta Bake  - Step 2
Step 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).

Easy Meatball Pasta Bake  - Step 3
Step 4

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

Form meatballs and place them over the spaghetti.

Easy Meatball Pasta Bake  - Step 4
Step 5

Pour tomato sauce on top.

Easy Meatball Pasta Bake  - Step 5
Step 6

And 500ml water. 

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

Easy Meatball Pasta Bake  - Step 6
Step 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. 

Easy Meatball Pasta Bake  - Step 7
Step 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.

Easy Meatball Pasta Bake  - Step 8
Step 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! 


Easy Meatball Pasta Bake  - Step 9
Quantity: 1500 g (8 servings)
Prep time: 60 min
Difficulty: easy
Ready in: 30 min
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