A tasty recipe that is streamlined for easy cooking and cleanup.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 9x13-inch baking dish
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

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  • Bring 3 quarts water and beef bouillon to a boil in a large pot.

  • Meanwhile, mix beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and garlic in a bowl. Form into 16 meatballs.

  • Drop penne into the boiling water; cook for 4 minutes. Add meatballs to the pot; cook until penne is tender, about 8 minutes more. Drain penne and meatballs, reserving 1 1/2 cups cooking water.

  • Spread penne and meatballs in the prepared baking pan. Whisk pesto into the reserved cooking water and pour on top. Use 2 spoons to mix thoroughly. Spread mozzarella cheese evenly over the top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and meatballs are no longer pink in the centers, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use chicken bouillon powder if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

468 calories; protein 27.5g; carbohydrates 28g; fat 27.5g; cholesterol 65.3mg; sodium 918.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (2)

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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2019
I will admit when I read the directions and saw that I had to boil the meatballs in the water with the pasta I was very hesitant. The recipe turned out much better than I expected. My 3 Boys all gobbled it up! However the next time I make this I will follow the recipe with the exception of boiling the meatballs. Thank you for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2019
I will admit when I read the directions and saw that I had to boil the meatballs in the water with the pasta I was very hesitant. The recipe turned out much better than I expected. My 3 Boys all gobbled it up! However the next time I make this I will follow the recipe with the exception of boiling the meatballs. Thank you for a great recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2020
It was good but a little dry. Read More
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