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meatball pasta bake

Lamb Meatball Pasta Bake

Mani
So much cheese! Here is a meatball pasta bake which is the ultimate cheat meal to dive into. This cheesy meatball pasta bake was cooked on a Saturday night and there was enough leftovers, which got me thinking, can you meal prep this pasta bake?
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Meatballs

  • 500 g Lamb Mince
  • 50 g Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 Medium Onion minced
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tomato Sauce

  • 400 g Passata
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1/2 Medium Onion minced
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 cup Red Wine optional
  • 1 Bay Leaf optional
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Pasta

  • 250 g Fusilli Pasta

Cheese

  • 50 g Cheddar Cheese
  • 30 g Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions
 

To make the meatballs

  • In your mixing bowl, place all your ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Shape into meatballs.
  • Preheat your oven to 200C / 400F, and in the meantime, on a medium-high heated frying pan or cast iron, add olive oil and fry the meatballs for 5-8 minutes
  • Once browned, add the meatballs to your large baking dish (ensure it is oiled) and place in the oven for 15 minutes.

Pasta

  • Cook the pasta by adding boiled water, a pinch of salt and a dash of oil to your saucepan on low-medium heat. After 15 minutes, drain the pasta once cooked and cover.

To make the sauce

  • On medium-high heat, add olive oil to your saucepan, followed by the onions and garlic which you need to sauté until they’re fragrant and soft, for five minutes.
  • Add the passata or chopped tomatoes, and the remainder ingredients.
  • Cook for 15 minutes

Combine in baking dish

  • Remove the baking tray of cooked meatballs and add the tomato sauce to the tray.
  • Add the cooked pasta in between the meatballs.
  • Add your layer of cheeses.
  • Cook for 15 to 20 minutes on the same heat.
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Notes

  • For your meal prep, refrigerate up to three to four days and reheat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, until piping hot throughout.
  • For a quicker method, you can use store bought meatballs.
  • For better taste, use fresh bread crumbs.
Keyword Meatball Pasta Bake, Pasta bake with lamb meatballs
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