Recipe: Meatball Pasta Bake


Need ideas for a great family dish? We've made meatballs and pasta even easier to serve to a crowd by sticking it all in a dish and simply baking in the oven before serving. This is homely comfort grub at its best. You can make it ahead of time and even keep it in the fridge overnight ready to go.


  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 handful chopped rosemary
  • 1 handful grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 splash olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 glass red wine
  • 800 g chopped tomato or passata
  • 300 ml beef stock
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 300 g fusilli pasta
  • 1 handful chopped fresh basil
  • 2 handfuls cheddar cheese
Preheat the Oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

Preheat oven to 180ºC

Prep the Veg

Step 2

Prep The Veg

Peel and chop the onion and grate the peeled garlic.

Make the Meatballs

Step 3

Make The Meatballs

Mix the beef mince with half of the onion and garlic. chuck in the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, parmesan and season. Roll into golf ball sizes onto a plate, cling film and put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes if you have the time... makes it easier but isn’t essential.

Start the Sauce

Step 4

Start The Sauce

Fry the rest of the onion in a shot of oil for a few minutes and then add the garlic. Stir for a few minutes and then add the tomato puree and red wine to reduce.

Finish the Sauce & Simmer

Step 5

Finish The Sauce & Simmer

Tip in the chopped tomatoes, beef stock, sugar and season with salt and pepper then simmer for 20 minutes.

Cook the Pasta

Step 6

Cook The Pasta

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until just cooked, then drain and toss in oil.

Fry off the Meatballs

Step 7

Fry Off The Meatballs

Take the meatballs out of the fridge. Place in hot frying pan with a splash of oil to colour the outside of the meatballs.

Cook the Meatballs in Sauce

Step 8

Cook The Meatballs In Sauce

Add the balls to the tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.

Pour Mixture into a Dish

Step 9

Pour Mixture Into A Dish

Put the pasta in a large deep tray and add meatballs and sauce. Rip some basil over the top and mix so that all the pasta is coated in the sauce.

Add Cheese and Bake

Step 10

Add Cheese And Bake

Sprinkle with cheddar and bake in oven until the topping is golden - approximately 20 minutes.

Serve it!

Step 11

Serve It!

Serve it up at the table! Serves 4

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