Hi I'm wondering if I could use cooked meatballs in this dish considering the water that is added. My husband really liked it so I will be making this again. I'm 9 months pregnant with my second child and making freezer meals for after the baby is born. I also chopped up my meatballs into quarters so it wpuld be more mixed with the dish (lots of mouths to feed over here). It's best enjoyed right from the oven. Even a tired new mom can handle that, I promise. TIP: Bake the meatballs right in the 9×13 pan you’ll use for the casserole… one less dish to wash! In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well. Mix pasta and cheeses (per recipe below) and place in the bottom of a 9×13 dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes. Thanks so much, Trisha! I needed to change the actual pasta sauce I chose —original one had no flavor. This dish will definitely be a regular in our household! Add the pasta. There was an error submitting your subscription. Awesome! I think that it probably could be made in a slow cooker, but I haven't tried it myself that way. The recipe actually specifies that the frozen meatballs need to be thawed before going into the casserole, so you don't need frozen meatballs to prepare the dish. I do have one question; Could I use veggie-based noodles and still cook for the same time, or does the recipe call for normal noodles? Your tweaks sound perfect!!! I bet you could do it (I've seen other folks cook pasta in the IP), but I wouldn't be able to give you any specific instructions for this particular recipe. Yes, you can definitely use the homemade meatballs. Hi, Michael! The crumb topping is a great idea! Also, the size/type of pasta that you used could make a difference. I would suggest simmering the meatballs and liquid for a couple of hours on LOW. Bland doesn't begin to describe it. I added fennel seeds, a bit of cayenne, dried basil and garlic powder before baking. I made this today. Subscribe to receive weekly recipes and get a FREE Bonus e-book: Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals! Hi, I tried this tonight as my children loved it! Then proceed with the recipe as written. Plan to make it tonight but only have larger (shell ) noodles. This looks delicious. This is delicious looking and wow - your photography is rocking, girl! If you want to get most of the dish ready in advance, I would stir together the meatballs and liquids in the dish and keep that in the fridge. Hi, Angel! Can’t wait to try it! Cover it and bake it in the oven while you deal with laundry, homework, feeding the dog, and all of the 18909809832429508 other items on your "To Do" list. I hope that you'll try some of my other dump-and-bake dishes on the blog, too! I am wondering if this is something I can do in the crockpot? So glad that you enjoyed the meal, and I hope that you'll try some of our other dump-and-bake dinners as well! Hi, Beth! I need more dinners like this, usually you always have to cook something before adding. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a note, and I'm so glad that you've found my site. The key with any slow cooker pasta recipe is to make sure that you don't over cook the pasta and make it mushy. 1106mg sodium for a serving. . I know this will be a hit and a "make again" - just want to make sure I didn't do anything wrong also, what size (qt) caserole dish did you use? Take care! I think that your meatballs and homemade stock will be delicious in this recipe. You don't even have to boil the pasta for this easy Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole! Since we re two old people it certainly made too much. This dish looks amazing!! Thank you so much for all your great receipts!! Put the foil back on and baked for about 15 more minutes. You want to thaw the meatballs because if you try to bake the pasta with frozen meatballs throughout, it's like trying to boil pasta with a bunch of ice cubes in the water. Can you put all ingredients in a ziplock bag, except pasta, freeze it. If you want to have the meal available for your postpartum days, I would suggest buying all of the ingredients and just keeping them on hand (the meatballs can stay in your freezer and the pasta and marinara can stay in your pantry). Preheat oven to 400°F. It took me about 30 mins extra to cook at a temp of 425. I hope that helps! I'm so glad that you stopped by! I'm curious if anyone has tried this as a freezer meal; I'm thinking it would be best to cook and then freeze. Glad you liked it. Meatballs are combined with penne noodles, pasta sauce and cheese for the perfect weeknight casserole recipe! I have not tried the recipe yet so I could not give a rating. Liquids could be frozen separate. © SpendWithPennies.com. Maybe I should add this to my recipe testing list! Made this for dinner tonight and it was great! Hi, Eliza! I would have to play around with the amount of liquid and the cooking time. In a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, stir together uncooked pasta, marinara sauce, water and thawed meatballs. This came out perfectly!!!! Any idea if anything changes if I half everything. . Enjoy! Hi, Judy! Yes, you can definitely cut the recipe in half and bake it in an 8-inch square pan. Thanks for this easy but tasty recipe! I'm going to try this recipe for the first time. You can even freeze cheese to keep it fresh if you're worried that you won't have any in your refrigerator when you need it. Wow does this casserole look good, Blair! Quick reply would be great as I wanna make it tonight! I am on a sodium-restricted diet too, and 1,100+ mg of salt is nearly my entire day's allowance. . How much water do you add? Took the noodle mix out of the oven (the pasta wasn't yet done and there was plenty of liquid left in the dish) and stirred in the onions and meatballs. Thanks, Anna! Add the onion and green pepper. Yes -- this should work in the Crock Pot; however, you'll want to put the pasta in when it's dry (don't cook it first) so that it can absorb the liquid and cook in the pot. I came to your site to get the derby pie recipe (yum) and got busy looking at all of the other recipes. Hi, Shelley! I only had 1-2 crunchy noodles in the whole dish which was fine by me since I didn’t have to cook the noodles first! I'm guessing that about the same amount of liquid and 3-4 hours on LOW would do the trick in the slow cooker, but I definitely have not tested that method. Shape into 20 balls then arrange on your grill and cook for 10-12 mins turning occasionally until … It's not awful, but it wouldn't be my first choice. Just be careful not to overcook the pasta in the slow cooker or it will become mushy. . My husband said this was his new favorite. From quick and easy weeknight meals, to turkey dinner! That's great! . You can use it immediately for the pasta bake or leave it to the next day. So...my tweaks: I put the pasta, sauce, and my homemade unsalted chicken broth (instead of water) in the oven for 30 minutes. Thank you so much for your kind words, and happy Thanksgiving to you as well! You will probably need to use two large baking dishes, because I'm not sure that one dish alone will hold everything (unless you have a very deep 9x13-inch dish...that might do the trick)! Covered or uncovered? Then move on to the next step. . Came out great. . I had to add about 5 minutes or so to each phase of the cooking times. I have never stirred it all together in advance because I worry that the dried pasta will absorb liquid as it sits and then might have a mushy texture after baking later. I try and find sometging different every week and this hits the make. The picture posted with the recipe is a large casserole dish, but in the comments you stated you used a 9x13 pan. . Wonderful! Just keep an eye on the penne -- it should have a similar baking time to the rotini, but it may need a few minutes more or less. You can unsubscribe anytime by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of emails you receive. I think it would defrost enough if you took it out when you start making the dinner. Looks delicious! Even when baking, I know my oven occasionally has a temperature tantrum and I bought a thermometer that lives in the oven now. Who knew dinner could be so easy, right? I have used both rotini and a mini penne, which work well. Place meatballs in a 9x13 dish and bake 18-20 minutes. The cooking time will depend on the cooking time suggested on your box of larger shell noodles. Yes, the recipe calls for frozen, cooked meatballs. Sounds perfect, Scott! You'll want to bake it for 30 minutes covered, and then stir, add the cheese on top, and pop it back in the oven for another 10 minutes or so until the cheese melts and the pasta is tender. Enjoy! Now before I can send you the free 10-Minute Miracles download, you need to check your email to confirm your subscription. The temperature of your water doesn't matter. How could I make this ahead and take to a friend to feed her family after her upcoming surgery? Should I cook them first, then freeze for later maybe? As I had never made this before, tried it out first on my own family. Bake! Your family is so blessed, and I know that it's not easy. My 12 year old asked if I could make it every week. Thank you Blair! Tasted great and I loved how easy it was - it's a big win when there's not a pile of dishes to clean up after!! And I plan to try your other dump bake recipes as well!! Hi, Deb! Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes. 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