It's not a silly question at all! This is the first recipe I have ever successfully followed. It was devoured. I have used both rotini and a mini penne, which work well. Rotini (which I used here) has a suggested cooking time of 8-12 minutes. I have some picky eaters. Hi, Katherine! And easy recipes are always wonderful -- no matter how old we are! Enjoy! . Thanks for letting me know. You can always play around with any recipe out there and make it your own, whether it's plant-based or not. Or just print out the recipe and include it in the bag! A wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing your information. No worries, Margie! This is delicious looking and wow - your photography is rocking, girl! Saucy meatballs are great warmed and served on a hoagie roll, of course. I know the pasta would have to go in last minute to prevent mushiness. All of my old recipes will remain on my food blog, of course, so there will be a mixture of the old and the new for everyone to look through and choose. I actually had rotini pasta but I bought a box of "miniature spaghetti" from Safeway and have been trying to figure out a good recipe to use it in...this was it!!! Wonderful! It seems that almost every culture has some sort of meatball in its recipe box. If you give it a shot, just make sure that you keep your eye on it so that you can turn it off when the pasta is cooked. I just made this tonight. Otherwise, I tend to buy what I can get at my small, rural little grocery store (where the options are limited) -- either Rosina brand or Cooked Perfect brand. I'm glad that you enjoyed it!! Yay! It would just add another layer of flavor and make them even more tender. YES! Your family is so blessed, and I know that it's not easy. I didn’t have rotini so I used farfalle and it was still really good! Yes! Hi I'm wondering if I could use cooked meatballs in this dish considering the water that is added. Great job , Hey, Robyn! Hi, Lori! Wow does this casserole look good, Blair! 1106mg sodium for a serving. Thank you for this recipe. . You can even freeze cheese to keep it fresh if you're worried that you won't have any in your refrigerator when you need it. I took his 10 year old son’s criticism seriously though and here are some things to consider: it IS a casserole so it’s pretty fool proof. When he’s not spending time in the kitchen with his Westie, Rocco, he’s working in his yard, doing stand-up comedy or devouring a platter of nachos. Here are a few more easy ideas that go well with the casserole: You can assemble the casserole a few hours in advance, or even leave it covered in the refrigerator overnight before baking. I have never stirred it all together in advance because I worry that the dried pasta will absorb liquid as it sits and then might have a mushy texture after baking later. Unsubscribe at any time. Made this tonight and it was simple and delicious. Is the picture misleading, because step 2 of the recipe reads: "In a large baking dish (about 9 x 13), stir together uncooked pasta, marinara sauce, water, and meatballs. Thank you so much for sharing! Cook some short-cut pasta, such as penne or rotini. Did you have it really tightly covered (you want to make sure that the pasta can absorb all of the liquid without it escaping)? I would suggest simmering the meatballs and liquid for a couple of hours on LOW. I wish I'd read the comments first and cooked it longer to begin with! I had to add about 5 minutes or so to each phase of the cooking times. I picked 4 easy recipes from the group to make. . how long will this dish last? If you want to get most of the dish ready in advance, I would stir together the meatballs and liquids in the dish and keep that in the fridge. The pasta will dry out a bit as it sits, so you may need to stir in some additional marinara sauce when you reheat the dish. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a note, and I'm so glad that you've found my site. Thanks for your kind note. One final note, I used breadcrumbs that I had tossed with olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic and Parmesan shaky cheese and topped with that for last 5 minutes of baking. Can you make the meatballs for this? If you shop at Trader Joe's (I don't usually) they have some great frozen Italian meatballs. I fried hamburger rather than the meatballs and added a can of sliced black olives. I am Shafiq and I work for an online agency referred to as "Futuristic Artists". Thanks, Shelly!! These leftover lamb recipes will help you vary your diet and reduce food waste. Most folks have 9 x 13 in their kitchen, so that's why the recipe uses that measurement. Based on taste you could add: salt, pepper, basil, red pepper, etc. Took the noodle mix out of the oven (the pasta wasn't yet done and there was plenty of liquid left in the dish) and stirred in the onions and meatballs. I hope it turns out okay. Removed the foil....added the shredded cheese on top. If it’s still too hard, cover the dish and return to the oven until pasta is al dente. yes, please! Love the dish. Oh and I happened to have a bag of mozzarella but I usually don't so I would buy a bag keep it in the freezer. Here's the deal, though: I think that this type of dump-and-bake dish is best when it's assembled just before baking. Thanks so much for sharing your tips about the garlic bread and salad. Remove the cover, give the pasta a stir, and sprinkle cheese over top. Thanks for your note. Check out the brands our editors and the Taste of Home Test Kitchen recommend. Thanks for sharing this valuable information... i made the dump and bake meatball casserole tonight. I would just assemble it as instructed right before taking it to your friend, and then give her the baking instructions. Do I bake them in the oven first and then add them to this meal like in the recipe? I'm another person who ended up with crunchy pasta after the 35 minutes because I didn't use a 9x13. Just regular barilla pasta -- NOT oven ready. They're big enough to require a fork, but modest enough to justify several on the plate. At this point you should check the pasta to make sure that it is al dente (firm but just about finished cooking). I'm so glad for you to share the recipe with your daughter and a friend. Also it would not let me rate it on mobile, I'm sorry. Now am gonna try this. . I know -- she has the best care packages, right?! These guys love Italian pasta dinners. I feel embarrassed asking. Just enjoy the cooking and don't worry about it. Tasted great and I loved how easy it was - it's a big win when there's not a pile of dishes to clean up after!! The pasta will start to soften and absorb some of the liquid as it sits, so you may need to decrease the baking time slightly. Either way, this is going on the menu plan for next week! That's great, Jasmin! I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! I agree, Jane. So fast and easy to make--love that! I'm constantly trying to figure out how to serve my family a variety of dinners that: This dump-and-bake supper is absolutely one of those meals! This recipe is a new mom's best friend -- so easy! I'd like to make it in my Le Creuset for an Oscars party this weekend... what are the recommended measurements if I want to double the amount? Hi, Heather! All cooks/families have different tastes. Thank you Blair! So glad that you liked it, Elizabeth! Italian cuisine (and pasta specifically) is always a big hit in my house. Could you recommend how to adjust the recipe (if it would need any changes at all) if I wanted to add spinach or other vegetables, such as diced zucchini? She has 3 strapping farm boys and a husband to feed. So I like the fact the whole family can enjoy this. I needed to change the actual pasta sauce I chose —original one had no flavor. Eggplant Meatballs Rating: Unrated 34 Yes, I made eggplant meatballs. Glad you liked it. . Read recipe >> I care for elderly people in their own homes and cook daily for them, this was a hit! Divide meat and form 8 equally sized meatballs. It's super quick and it's easy to have the ingredients on hand. Uncover; stir. I had this same experience. Oh and I would add a little salt before baking next time. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it, Laura! That makes me so happy to hear, Kim! I'm glad to know that you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for another great recipe Blair! © 2017–2021 The Seasoned Mom     About     Privacy. Thank you so much, Jessica! Still good but better with regular rotini. Hi, Angel! Recipe: Meatballs Made from Leftover Chicken – Mommas Madness Also I just prepped this weeks dinners yesterday and had 2 lb homemade meatballs left over. Then move on to the next step. Do you know if this could be done in an instant pot? Should the meatballs need to be frozen when you put the dish in the oven? If you want to bake it in advance, I would suggest covering it with foil and baking it in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, or until just heated through. If you have a different shape 3-4 quart dish (as shown), that will be fine too. Instead of stressing over dinner, it took care of itself in the oven and allowed me to be outside with the family playing on a beautiful night. Home Recipes Cooking Style Comfort Food. This recepi is most defenately a keeper, was so easy and so tasty too, used a jar of marinara meatball sauce, I did everything the way you did it apart from when I got the mozzarella out I found out it was out of date so I had to use normal shredded cheddar and it was lovely (lots of cheese) the people who are saying it´s bland must be using some ghetto sauce with no flavour, my pasta cooked properly and evenly and I sent pictures of this last night to my daughter and a friend, they are both lazy cooks and they now both want this recepi and I hope you don´t mind me sharing it with them, thank you for posting this, can see me making this a lot when I´m tired and havn´t got a lot of time to mess around in the kitchen, take care ps. Thanks for taking the time to leave a note and let me know! I have actually made it twice now! Hope that helps! I do think Aunt Bee & I would get along. Bland doesn't begin to describe it. Thanks again! I hope that everyone enjoys it, Judy! I work almost every ight until after 6. Hi! Hope that helps! Hope that helps, and please keep me posted if you run into any other issues. I am just not sure they would be able to check noodle for doneness if I use dry. . If you give it a shot, let me know! Blair - I have a question- Can all the ingredients be mixed together in the pan in the morning, then refrigerated and then baked late afternoon? Hi! Awesome! It was delicious. The former owner of his own catering business, Mark’s been part of the Taste of Home team for the past 20 years. This is perfect. For instance, in the bag you can include the box of pasta, the jar of sauce, the frozen meatballs (measured out into the correct quantity), etc. Thanks. Hi, Kyla! Enjoy! Can I use Spaghetti noodles? My husband said this was his new favorite. Thanks for posting the recipe! Does the water have to be hot, cold, room temperature? Do Not Sell My Personal Information – CA Residents. I also substituted one cup of the water for more sauce (buying 2 jars)... then I added a bit more sauce once it was all stirred up. Hi, Richelle! Quick reply would be great as I wanna make it tonight! So glad that you enjoyed the meal, and I hope that you'll try some of our other dump-and-bake dinners as well! I think it would work, but I can't tell you the exact timing because I've never tested it that way myself. Instead, use regular pasta and just add water then cook as usual. Any suggestions? ???? If it's possible, can you share any brands that are Blair approved? Meanwhile, sauteed chopped onions on high heat in a cast iron pan just to get a bit of char on them...removed them, then sliced my Costco frozen (thawed) meatballs in half and gave them a char on each side in the same cast iron pan. Thanks, Gayle! It is my son's favorite meal! Maybe if you made your own spagetti sauce it is possible. Hi, Lisa! Could not find cocktail sized meatballs but the regular size works just fine. If I made this ahead of time and had the kids just pop it in the oven, dinner could be done before I get home. The crumb topping is a great idea! Total bake covered for was 45min and 10 min with cheese on top. I made this tonight. I am wondering if this is something I can do in the crockpot? Thanks so much for the recipe. What would you recommend for reheating instruction? Blair...I'll be trying more of your ideas!! I just tried this tonight and it was great. I realized a few things (I’m NO cook so this isn’t to tear this apart. My family even ate the leftovers which is a miracle around here. 29 Exciting Ways To Eat Meatballs. Hey, Kristen! I am interested in making this recipe. I also love meatballs. What type of noodles did you use? Coarsely chop the meatballs. Awesome! Do you use regular noodles that don't specifically say oven ready? Thanks! It will take everything a lot longer to come to temperature and bake through. How could I make this ahead and take to a friend to feed her family after her upcoming surgery? Hi, Catherine! I loved the simplicity of this recipe. If she's heating it straight from the refrigerator when it's cold, it might take a bit longer. You can definitely make the meatballs for these -- just be sure that they are fully cooked before adding them to the casserole. What are your suggestions for altered bake times then? After reading all these great reviews, I wonder what I did wrong? I have a lot of dump and bake recipes on the blog that use raw meat. Now a happy cook. I had my doubts about this recipe based on the amount of pasta sauce vs the amount of water. That confirmation email should be waiting for you in your inbox! I want this for dinner tonight!! Hi! Learn how your comment data is processed. I hope that you both really enjoy it! I made this today. Lisa. Freeze the dry ingredients and label the bag with the amount and type of liquids to add before cooking. Great recipe! I think that would work really well, Tia! Sorry! I am trying this for dinner. I hope that you enjoy the recipes! I would have to play around with the amount of liquid and the cooking time. - I would also put a nice new casserole dish (as a gift) or a disposable foil casserole dish in the bag. . I am on a sodium-restricted diet too, and 1,100+ mg of salt is nearly my entire day's allowance. Thank you so much for your kind words, and happy Thanksgiving to you as well! The mister is now demanding to have this dish served at least once a week for dinner. Just keep an eye on the penne -- it should have a similar baking time to the rotini, but it may need a few minutes more or less. Zucchini is a great idea! This totally warms my heart, Megan! Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. I'm going to try this recipe for the first time. Hi, Amanda! Thank you so much for all your great receipts!! of pasta. Instructions Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, stir together uncooked pasta, marinara sauce, water, and meatballs. I would suggest baking the casserole at 425 degrees for a total of about 45 minutes, but check your pasta towards the end because the cooking time can vary depending on a few factors (type of dish, the heat of your oven, type of pasta, etc). Hi! Follow The Seasoned Mom on Instagram and show us what you're making! . jazz up your leftover boiled beef: cheek and tongue meatballs with mustard glazed carrots. I think it would defrost enough if you took it out when you start making the dinner. Hi Blair - this looks awesome! I was also Leary about the sauce/water ratio. Not sure which brand of frozen meatballs to buy? Fill 8 corn tortillas; put seam side down in baking dish. Could this be made in the slow cooker? I SO admire your time and dedication to making everything from scratch. This came out perfectly!!!! If she's not planning to enjoy the meal that evening, I would just prepare the ingredients for her in a basket and let her stir everything together when she's ready to make it. I would just stir everything together in the dish (prepping it for her), and then give it to her to bake fresh at her house. Put the foil back on and baked for about 15 more minutes. You can totally cook! That is not what my family is eating no matter how delicious it is! I swapped the water for beef/veg stock i had on hand. This not only looks delicious, but beautiful as well. . Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Heather! Sign up for the Tasty newsletter today! I've used a number of different baking dishes for this recipe, and as long as you're using one that's about the same capacity as a 9 x 13 dish, you should be fine. I've made a similar recipe with Alfredo sauce, which you can see here: I know they are just going to love it. Hi, Michael! I needed a dish to take to a friend who had a death in the family. I’m making this for a friend who needs a little help. (i always stock on hand) i also mixed some cheese mozz and parm into the baking group. You don't want to overcook the casserole or you'll end up with gummy, mushy pasta. For the dish, I used a 13-inch by 9-inch baking dish. Hi, Elizabeth! Hope that helps! If you would prefer to bake it before delivering it, I would suggest reheating instructions as follows: bake, covered, at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, or until heated through. When it came out of the oven, some noodles were done and some were gummy and tasteless. . I tried this last week when I had some leftover meatballs. For instance, if your farfalle requires 11-12 minutes according to the box, then you might need to leave the casserole in the oven for longer than 40-45 minutes. Get your mind out of the gutter. Thank you so much for sharing! There was an error submitting your subscription. I want it to work for you because it's so good! Will that change anything about the recipe? About 5 min. Heat 1 tsp. There's a full recipe card with ingredients and instructions at the bottom of the post. Thanks in advance! You can definitely use cooked pasta, and it should reheat at 350 degrees F in about 25 minutes (if you're heating it right away) or in about 35 minutes if you're cooking it directly from the refrigerator and it's still cold. Not a good cook, but i'm gonna try this one. Awesome! BuzzFeed cooked bacon, fresh thyme, garlic cloves, kosher salt, fresh spinach I look at most cooking times as an estimate. The kids are dying when j get home. Thanks so much for letting me know, John. My youngest just arrived from his duty station for the holiday and wifey isn't home from work. FANTASTIC! I threw this together exactly as you have it. I do not recommend freezing this casserole because pasta has a tendency to get gummy and mushy when thawed. IT WAS AWESOME! Could your oven temperature be a little off? And believe me when I say that is a gold star that isn't easily achieved! I'll make sure to use a 9x13 next time! Hi, Devan! Could you use Alfredo sauce instead of marinara? Hi, Denise! Crunchy noodles and annoyed hungry kids. Success! Thanks. That said, I have had many readers tell me that they enjoy the leftovers reheated. I think that it could probably cook in a Crock Pot too, but I just don't know what the exact timing would be since I haven't tried it myself. I made this for my family and it was excellent! This recipe calls for regular noodles, so I haven't tested it with veggie-based noodles. Yes, you can put the leftovers in the refrigerator (or cut the recipe in half and bake it in a smaller dish if you don't want too much left over). No spam guaranteed. I made it again tonight. And I plan to try your other dump bake recipes as well!! Thanks, Norma! In this batch, I used the leftover pulp of a beetroot, carrot, apple, celery and ginger juice so there was the sweetness of apples which offset the sharpness of the vegetables. You literally toss together some dry pasta, some frozen (fully cooked) meatballs, marinara sauce, and water in a big baking dish. It's not a no-stArs recipe! Maybe adding 2 jars of pasta sauce would give it some flavor? Meatball Enchiladas. But I followed the recipe exactly. This is the most tasteless recipe I have ever tried. - Give her the instructions on how to stir everything together, tell her to cover it, and provide her with the baking instructions. . I like the idea I can have everything on hand as the Winters here are nasty. Makes a lot so plenty for leftovers which we love. Taste of Home is America's #1 cooking magazine. Enjoy! Sign up for my exclusive emails and get this free guide! - Shop for all of the ingredients and put them in a nice reusable grocery bag. 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