recipe with Meatballs and Mozzarella (step by step)

There baked pasta it’s a Classic recipe of Italian cuisine, the typical first course of Sunday and days of Party. A plate Rich and Tastyperfect to prepare in advance! A prescription Simple, to be realized in many variations: with the Ragoutin White, Sicilian style (with the Fried aubergines), with And without bechamel. Today we will prepare one of mine Versions favorite: the Baked Pasta with Meatballs and Mozzarella; a prescription Easy and also Rapid, to be prepared whenever you feel like it.

There Pasta (Rigatoni, Quills or other short formats), previously blanched e Seasoned with meatball sauce, it comes Enriched with Mozzarella cheese into small pieces e Grated cheese and reviewed in Oven for the Gratinating. The result is a Pasta timbale in which all the flavors blend together creating a truly irresistible dish, Succulent and Racy with a delicious Crust on the surface. Follow the step by step recipe and you too will fall in love with this recipe Simple and Tasty that will appeal to young and old alike.

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Preparation30 min

Cooking30 min

Portions: 4 Portions

Cost: Medium


For the meatball sauce:

  • 150 gr ground beef
  • 150 gr ground pork
  • 1 egg small
  • 6 spoons grated cheese
  • 2 slices smoothie bread (or breadcrumbs)
  • 3 spoons milk
  • chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 750 ml tomato puree
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic

For the baked pasta:

  • 400 gr short pasta
  • 200 gr mozzarella cheese milk cream
  • grated cheese
  • basil (or parsley)

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How to make baked pasta

Prepare the sauce following the recipe of Meatballs with sauce with one difference, the meatballs will have to be Small! Use a coffee spoon as the unit of measurement. Once ready, separate the meatballs from the sauce.

preparation of sauce with meatballs

Boil the pasta leaving her to half cooking. If the time on the package is 12 minutes, 6 will be enough. I recommend using excellent quality pasta that holds well la Cotturto. I used the Rigatoni Gentile ( to do in the oven!

Drain the pasta and mix it with the sauce. Add some grated cheese.

season pasta with the sauce

In a baking dish or baking dish, pour a little sauce on the bottom. Pour half of the Pasta and season with half of the meatballs with sauce, half of the mozzarella in small pieces (drained).

pour half of the dough into the pan

Cover with grated cheese.

add grated cheese

Add the remaining pasta and season with the meatballs, the sauce and the remaining Mozzarella. Ultimate with a handful of grated cheese. The pasta is ready for the baking in the oven.

If you don’t want to cook it right away, you can cover it with plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge for 1-2 days.

finish baked pasta

Baking in the oven

Before baking, pour a drizzle of olive oil over the pasta. Cook in STATIC OVEN at 200 ° for 30 minutes. The first 15 minutes on the first shelf from the bottom, the remaining 15 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven. The pasta should be au gratin on the surface.

Remove from the oven, let it cool for a few minutes and serve!

baked pasta

Once cooked, the baked pasta can be stored in the fridge For others 2 days and heated in the oven.