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Meatball Pasta Bake

Meatball Pasta Bake

Herby meatballs, rich tomato sauce and mozzarella make a delicious pasta bake.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Chilling time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


For the meatballs

  • 250 g beef mince
  • 250 g pork mince
  • 1/2 small onion finely chopped
  • 70 g dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • olive oil for frying
  • salt and pepper

For the tomato sauce

  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small handful basil roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper


  • 150 g grated mozzarella
  • 300 g pasta


  • Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs together well. Squash and squeeze it through your hands to ensure it's well mixed.
  • Form the meatball mixture into 20 balls then refrigerate them for 30 minutes.
  • Get a large frying pan on a medium heat and add a little oil. Fry the meatballs until they are golden on the outside. Remove from the pan and put to one side.
  • Add a little more oil to the frying pan to make the tomato sauce.
  • Add the onion and fry for five minutes, then add the garlic and fry for a few minutes more.
  • Stir in all the remaining ingredients for the tomato sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the meatballs to the tomato sauce and simmer for another 15 minutes.
  • While the meatballs are simmering cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain when done.
  • Preheat an oven to 180C.
  • Mix the meatballs, tomato sauce and pasta together then tip into an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle the mozzarella on top then bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on top.


You can use just beef or pork mince if you prefer, you need 500g total weight of mince.
Keyword meatballs, pasta