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This easy-to-make baked casserole is better than lasagna!


Credit: Karla Harmer

Recipe Summary

15 mins
45 mins
1 hr
1 pasta bake


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


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti and cook, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes less than the package instructions, about 8 minutes. Drain pasta.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 13x9 inch baking dish.

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook meatballs until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add marinara sauce and ricotta cheese; mix to combine. Add cooked pasta and mix to combine. Season with Italian seasoning and garlic powder.

  • Cover the bottom of the prepared baking dish with a layer of sauce without meatballs. Sprinkle 1 cup mozzarella cheese on top. Add another layer of sauce with meatballs on top and sprinkle with 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Add another layer of 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Add the rest of the sauce and meatball mixture on top, followed by remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Remove foil and bake until cheese starts to turn golden brown, 10 to 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Cook's Note:

You can use any short pasta for this recipe, e.g. penne, rigatoni, etc. If you like, sprinkle extra cheese on top of meatball pasta bake.

Nutrition Facts

701 calories; fat 25.7g; cholesterol 107.6mg; sodium 1276.8mg; carbohydrates 76.6g; protein 38.1g. Full Nutrition