Cheesy Meatball Pasta Bake

Cheesy Meatball Pasta Bake

By The Weekly  ,

June 3, 2016

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A pasta bake never fails to satisfy. And this Cheesy Meatball Pasta Bake recipe is perfect for a lazy weekend dinner for the family

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yields: 6-8 Servings


500 g beef mince

1 cup fresh breadcrumbs

1 onion, finely chopped

1 cup basil leaves, chopped, plus extra leaves to serve

1 lemon, finely grated zest, 2 tbsps juice

1 tbsp olive oil

2 x 400 g cans diced tomatoes

½ cup beef stock or water

1 tbsp tomato paste

2 garlic cloves, crushed

500 g penne pasta

1 cup tasty cheese, grated

½ cup parmesan cheese, grated


1Preheat oven to moderate, 180 C.

2In a large bowl, combine mince, breadcrumbs, onion, basil, lemon zest and juice. Season to taste. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls.

3In a large frying pan, heat oil on high. Fry meatballs 3 to 4 mins, turning, until browned all over. Stir in tomatoes, stock, paste and garlic. Bring to boil. Simmer for about 4 to 5 mins, until sauce thickens slightly.

4Meanwhile, cook pasta following packet instructions. Drain well. Return to pan with sauce and meatball mixture.

5Spoon into a 4-litre casserole dish. Sprinkle over combined cheeses.

6Bake 25 to 30 mins until golden and bubbling. Sprinkle with extra basil to serve. Accompany with a salad, if you like.

Photo: Bauers/John Paul Urizar

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