Cheesy Italian Meatball Casserole


A baked pasta recipe is a surefire crowd pleaser, especially when it's full of Italian meatballs, tangy pasta sauce, and luscious cheeses.

Cheesy Italian Meatball Casserole
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • 16 ounce dried ziti or penne pasta

  • 1 26 ounce jar tomato pasta sauce

  • 1 16 ounce package Italian-style frozen cooked meatballs (32), thawed

  • 1 15 ounce can Italian-style tomato sauce

  • 1 15 ounce carton ricotta cheese

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Return to pan. Stir in pasta sauce, meatballs, and tomato sauce. Transfer to an ungreased 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish or 3-quart rectangular casserole. Bake, covered, in a 350 degrees F oven for 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese. Uncover pasta mixture and spoon ricotta mixture in mounds over pasta mixture. Cover loosely; bake about 10 minutes more or until heated through. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes more. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

611 Calories
28g Fat
57g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 611
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1441mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Protein 33g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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