As the title says, to make this recipe all you’ll have to do is “Dump It And Forget It”, don’t worry, it’s as easy as it sounds. If desired, add a loaf of crusty bread and fresh tossed salad for an even better meal!
Everyone loves a nice saucy Pasta Bake recipe! This meatball casserole is made with homemade meatballs (or frozen if you’re in a hurry), rotini and a variety of cheesy toppings all baked into a delicious casserole.
How To Make The Tastiest Dump And Bake Meatball Casserole:
- 1 (24 oz.) jar marinara sauce
- 1 (16 oz.) package uncooked rotini pasta
- 1 (14 oz.) package fully-cooked miniature (cocktail-size) meatballs (if using frozen meatballs, make sure that they are completely thawed before using)
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella
- Parmesan cheese
- Fresh chopped herbs (such as basil, oregano, and parsley for garnish)
Start by preheating your oven to 425 °F.
Next, mix together the uncooked rotini pasta, marinara sauce, water, and meatballs in a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Now, season with salt and pepper according to your taste and stir the mixture so that all the ingredients gets seasoned evenly.
After that, bake the mixture for approximately 35 minutes, covered tightly with aluminum foil.
Then uncover the mixture and stir it. Check the pasta for al dente. This is when it’s firm but not fully cooked. If the pasta is still too tough, cover it and bake the dish in the oven for another 15 minutes.
Finally, the mozzarella and some Parmesan cheese on top of the casserole and return it to the oven. Bake the casserole for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese has completely melted and the pasta is tender.
If desired, sprinkle some fresh chopped herbs on top of the casserole and serve with a loaf of crusty bread and fresh tossed salad for an even better meal!