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Meatball Pasta Bake


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This is almost a one pot dish! (only sautéing the onions and garlic) other then that, it's dump and bake. It's a simple delicious dinner that is so easy to make. Totally kid-friendly!~

To your pan add 2 TBSP oil and 2 TBSP butter, dice onions and saute until almost translucent. If you are using fresh garlic cook them at the same time. If you are using Jarred Minced Garlic add them at the end, only cooking 1 or 2 minutes.

In a bowl add your Tomato Sauce, Greek oregano, Italian seasoning,

Chicken broth, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, adding the sauteed onion and minced garlic


Add Rotini to a 9x13 Baking pan.  Cover with sauce (making sure the noodles are covered) add half the fiesta Cheese


In another bowl add meatballs, (mine were frozen) Garlic Parmesan 

seasoning1 tsp Pepper, 1 tsp onion powder and 2 TBSP oil. Mix well to combine evenly.


Poke meatballs into pasta, I didn't use all mine and only used about 30, I put the rest in a freezer bag, and put back in the freezer. (for when I make this again.) Bake at 350 for 45 minutes covered with foil. 


When 45 minutes is up, take out of the oven, remove foil and stir.  Cut 2 mozzarella sticks into about 1 inch pieces. (bite size) Poke them in around your meatballs. Place the foil back on and bake in the oven for 15 more minutes. 


When the 15 minutes is up, uncover and cover top with the rest of your fiesta cheese and 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese. Place back into the oven for 5 more minutes. Garnish with fresh basil and chopped cilantro (optional)   See the beautiful bay leaf? I grew that! 
(Big Smile) as always... ENJOY!~


You Will Need

4 TBSP oil (divided)

2 TBSP Butter

1 16oz Bag Rotini

1 bag 32oz Homestyle Meatballs 

2 Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

2 Cups Fiesta Cheese

For The Meatballs

1 Package Italian Style Meatballs

1  tsp Garlic Parmesan

1/2 tsp Pepper

1 tsp onion powder

For The Sauce

2 15oz Cans Tomato Sauce

1 tsp Greek oregano

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 TBSP minced garlic (in the jar)

1 diced medium onion (sauteed) 

3 cups Chicken or Turkey broth

1 cup grated parmesan cheese (divided)

1 Can Rotel  (un-drained)

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