Meatball Pasta Bake

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Everyone loves a nice saucy Pasta Bake recipe! This meatball casserole is made with homemade meatballs (or frozen if you’re in a rush), spaghetti and a variety of cheesy toppings all baked into a delicious casserole.

Add a loaf of crusty bread and fresh tossed salad for a perfect meal!

Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole with parsley

Casseroles involving pasta, like a cheesy baked penne or a spaghetti casserole, are always welcome potluck at work or as the main attraction for any crowd!


    • PASTA Spaghetti is my choice here but any long pasta will do. Keep in mind it will bake more in the oven so be sure to cook it al dente (firm to the bite).
    • SAUCE Make your own homemade marinara or use store bought to keep this extra quick!
    • MEATBALLS This is one place I almost always use homemade. You can prep meatballs ahead of time and freeze them, the flavor is so much better than store bought.
    • VEGGIES  You can add veggies to the sauce in this reicpe if you’d like! Zucchini, peppers, and mushrooms are great options!
    • CHEESE Cheese is added to the spaghetti as well as on top for great flavor! Shred it yourself for best results, pre-shredded has additives to keep it from clumping and it doesn’t melt as well.

Ingredients for Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole in a bowl and a white casserole dish

How to Make Spaghetti Pasta Bake

Any decent meatball casserole calls for delicious meatballs! If you don’t want to make them by hand, replace them with defrosted/cooked premade meatballs for simplicity!

  1. Prepare the meatballs. Try spicy Italian sausage meatballs or even turkey meatballs!
  2. Mix pasta and cheeses (per recipe below) and place in the bottom of a 9×13 dish.
  3. Top with meatballs and sauce and bake until bubbly and browned.

Serve with a slice of garlic bread to soak up every last drop of that sauce!

TIP: Bake the meatballs right in the 9×13 pan you’ll use for the casserole… one less dish to wash!

Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole with meatballs and covered in cheese

What To Serve With Spaghetti And Meatball Pasta Bake

Anything that goes with regular spaghetti and meatballs or baked spaghetti goes with this super tasty pasta bake!

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Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole with parsley
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Review Recipe

Spaghetti and Meatball Pasta Bake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Noodles are tossed with a cheesy sauce and then topped with homemade meatballs and pasta sauce!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded, divided
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 28 ounces pasta sauce jarred or homemade

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  • Grease a large casserole dish.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine all meatball ingredients and form into 1″ balls.
  • Place meatballs in a 9x13 dish and bake 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 350°F. Remove the meatballs and set aside.
  • Boil the pasta until al dente. Drain well and toss with olive oil.
  • Stir together egg, parsley, pepper, ½ cup mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup parmesan cheese & pepper to taste. Toss with the pasta and place it in the 9x13 dish.
  • Top with meatballs and pasta sauce. Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes. Remove foil, top with remaining cheeses and continue to bake until cheese is melted and browned, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 413, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 106mg, Sodium: 1038mg, Potassium: 634mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 896IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 262mg, Iron: 3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword pasta bake, spaghetti casserole
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
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  1. I was looking for a way to use some frozen meatballs and came across this recipe. It was excellent! I also used Rao’s. Always a good choice. After heating the meatballs I made as written EXCEPT I mistakenly reversed the cheese. Instead of a quarter of the cheese in the spaghetti I put three quarters in the spaghetti and a quarter on top. I will do this again. That extra cheesy pasta was wonderful with still plenty of cheese on top. Overall, this recipe is a keeper. I will make again and again.5 stars

  2. Yummy! I used frozen Angus meatballs and doubled the recipe using 16 oz box of spaghetti and 2 jars of sauteed onion, garlic, and tomato chunky pasta sauce. Everyone liked it. My mom suggested having some extra sauce on the side in case someone would like it more saucy. I thought it was just right. The cheese mixture in the pasta really set this recipe over the top. Thanks!5 stars

    1. Yes it can. Thaw in the fridge overnight and bake as directed. You’ll likely need to add a little bit of extra time if it’s cold from the fridge.