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Easy baked Pasta and Meatballs
Easy Meatball Pasta Bake
This is childs play. Literally as my child (not so small) can eat a whole tray of this single-handed. Its cheesy and the lovely tomato sauce just binds it together.
Easy baked Pasta and Meatballs
Easy Meatball Pasta Bake
This is childs play. Literally as my child (not so small) can eat a whole tray of this single-handed. Its cheesy and the lovely tomato sauce just binds it together.
Servings
6
Servings
6
Ingredients
  • 250gm Pasta. I like to use tubes or penne but you can use spaghetti
Sauce
  • 3tins 400gm1200 gm tomatoes chopped or crushed tomatoes
  • 250ml chicken stock1 cup / 8.5 fl oz
  • 150gm oniondiced
  • 2cloves garliccrushed
  • 3tablespoons olive oil
  • 1teaspoon sea salt
  • 2tablespoons parsleychopped
Chicken Meatballs
  • 500gm chicken mince or ground Turkey
  • 1/2teaspoon Oreganodried
  • 3Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 40gm Panko crumbs1/2 cup
  • 1whole Egg
  • 1cup Mozzarella Cheese.shredded
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
Topping
  • 100gm cheddar cheesegrated
  • 1/2cup Mozzarella or Parmesan cheeseextra shredded or both!
  • 40gm Panko crumbs
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven 180C / 350 F. You’ll need a 35x 23dish ( 14inx 10 in) approximately Put a large pot of salted water on the stove and cook the pasta, drain and set aside
  2. Put a medium pot that can hold the sauce ingredients on to heat. Add the olive oil, onion and garlic and cook till fragrant and starting to soften without browning. Add the 3 cans of tomato and the stock. leave to simmer on low but do not reduce more than a 1/4. ( You need all the sauce to make your pasta nice and moist)
  3. Make the meatballs by putting the chicken, oregano, salt, cheese, crumbs, tomato paste into a bowl and mix very well. Hands are the best way to mix.
  4. Roll a walnut sized piece into a ball and continue till all of the chicken s used up. Smaller meatballs are nicer than big fat ones.
  5. Pop all of the meatballs into the sauce. Don’t stir until the sauce boils a little and the meatballs cook on one side. Then give them a bit of a stir. Put a lid on the pot and let it simmer rapidly for 5 minutes. The meatballs cook very fast ( you can test one)
  6. Pour the sauce and pasta into a baking dish ( I used a large one 35 cm x 24 cm (14 x 10 in)
  7. Mix it together and then sprinkle over the cheese finishing with the bread crumbs
  8. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and golden

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