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One Dish No Boil Penne and Meatballs

One Pan No Boil Penne and Meatballs-Table for Seven  #dinner #noboilpasta #meatballs

One Dish No Boil Penne and Meatballs- -The name says it all! Penne pasta, sauce and meatballs are all baked up nicely in this one dish wonder. Plus, no boiling the pasta beforehand! So, you can get dinner ready in under an hour.

One Pan No Boil Penne and Meatballs-Table for Seven #dinner #noboilpasta #meatballs

I do realize my last dinner recipe shared also involved meatballs.

However, I’ve been using precook version quite a bit this summer for quick meals. They’re a lifesaver! Especially, when the weather is warm and cooking something for dinner is last on my list of things that I want to do.

This dish is delicious and quick to prepare. It’s also versatile when it comes to the meatballs, pasta and add ins.

Your Ingredients List:

  • Dry Penne Pasta: No boiling required here! If you don’t want to use penne, pick your favorite pasta. Just be sure to stick with the same size/texture.
  • Crushed tomatoes: I used a fire roasted variety (see recipe card), but, unseasoned or seasoned with basil will also work.
  • Milk: I have used skim, whole and even almond milk with this recipe. They have all worked.
  • Butter: I use an unsalted margarine stick for this recipe. Regular butter will also work fine.
  • Meatballs: You will need 10-12 cooked meatballs. As you can see from the photo, mine were still a bit frozen when I put them in the dish. But, fresh or frozen is fine. I like this meatless version of precooked meatballs, but, go with your favorite. Of course, going with homemade is an option too.
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh spinach. Optional: Not all my kids will eat the spinach mixed into this dish. But, if you wish, mix in a few handfuls after the pasta is baked.
One Pan No Boil Penne and Meatballs-Table for Seven #dinner #noboilpasta #meatballs

Make dinner:

  • First, spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non stick cooking spray.
  • Next, layer the bottom of the dish with the dry pasta.
  • Pour the crushed tomatoes on top of the pasta, and layer with meatballs.
  • Then, pour in the melted butter and milk.
  • Mix it all to combine.
  • Cover your whole pan with foil and bake.
  • Once baked, remove foil ( it’s hot!) and stir in Parmesan cheese & if desired, fresh spinach (see above note).
  • Be sure to let the dish sit to cool for approx 15 minutes before serving.

Serve it with a side of garlic bread. YUM.

One Pan No Boil Penne and Meatballs-Table for Seven  #dinner #noboilpasta #meatballs

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Yield: Serves 6-8

One Pan No Boil Penne and Meatballs

One Pan No Boil Penne and Meatballs-Table for Seven #dinner #noboilpasta #meatballs

The name says it all! Penne pasta, sauce and meatballs are all baked up nicely in this one dish wonder. Plus, no boiling the pasta beforehand! So, you can get dinner ready in under an hour.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz dry penne pasta
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 9-10 cooked meatballs 
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non stick cooking spray.
  2. Layer the bottom of pan with dry pasta. Then, pour crushed tomatoes on top.
  3. Add in melted butter and milk. Layer with cooked meatballs. Stir the mixture to combine everything together.
  4. Cover and bake for 35-40 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  5. Carefully, remove cover and stir in Parmesan cheese.
  6. Let dish sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

adapted from pinch of yum

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 550mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 13g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on ourtableforseven.com should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate

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Jennielyn

Friday 21st of January 2022

Looks delicious and easy so I tried this but the pasta was still hard. 350 at 40 minutes.

Erin Table for Seven

Friday 21st of January 2022

Hi Jennielyn-- Sorry the recipe didn't work for you. Unfortunately, I can't say for certain why it didn't work, but, if you give it another try, please let me know how it goes. A few ideas/tips: Make sure your cover is super secure and everything is fully mixed together. Also, if the pasta doesn't seem fully coated/mixed, I would add a bit more milk.

Mother of 3

Wednesday 14th of August 2019

That looks delicious and sounds so easy to make! I just bought pre-made chicken meatballs last night and will have to try this recipe. Pinned.

Erin Table for Seven

Wednesday 14th of August 2019

Thanks @Mother of 3! Enjoy :)

April J Harris

Monday 12th of August 2019

Love this, Erin! Your No Boil Penne and Meatballs is so straight forward and perfect for busy nights. Pinning. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

Erin Table for Seven

Monday 12th of August 2019

Thank you for the party April!

Antonia @Zoale

Friday 9th of August 2019

Great recipe, and it looks delicious! Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday this week!

Erin Table for Seven

Monday 12th of August 2019

Thank you Antonia!

Michelle

Thursday 8th of August 2019

I love being able to make a pasta dish without cooking the pasta first. Pinning!

Erin Table for Seven

Friday 9th of August 2019

Thanks Michele!

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