Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr
Another family favorite.
- 16 ounces spaghetti sauce
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 3 cups uncooked mafalda pasta (mini lasagna nodles)
- 16 ounces frozen peppers and onions (stir fry mixture)
- 1 lb cooked frozen meatballs
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1⁄4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- In 2 quart glass baking dish, mix spaghetti sauce and water until blended. Add uncooked noodles, stir-fry mixture and meatballs and stir to coat. Make sure noodles are completely covered with sauce mixture.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake casserole, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese, and bake uncovered 5-10 minutes longer until casserole is bubbly, noodles are tender and cheese is melted.
Super easy and really good. The kids all ate and enjoyed this, too. I used a 26 oz. jar of sauce, 1 lb 6 oz. of leftover homemade meatballs, and omitted the peppers and onions. Used gemelli pasta, the shape of which I figured was close enough to what the recipe called for. This was in the oven in less than 15 minutes and I was out the door to run carpool for a couple of kids' activities. With the time bake feature on my oven, we came home to dinner hot and waiting for us. Definitely a do-over at my house. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
This was great. Super easy and my family loved it. I used broken lasagna noodles as I couldnt find the mini ones. Added fresh green pepper and onion. Thanks.
This is really good!! I read the recipe as stating that I could add the meatballs while they were still in their frozen state. When I went to add the cheese at the 45 minute mark and realized that the center of the casserole was warm-ish at best, I cranked the heat up to 450 and put it back in or 20 minutes. Added the cheese and put the heat back down to 350. Pulled it out when it looked perfect and let it set for 10 minutes. It came out great! I used bowtie pasta (like most of the other reviewers) and italian turkey meatballs. Next time I'll thaw the meatballs (and maybe quarter them as well), but I can't say enough about how satisfyingly EASY this recipe is. When I am rushed or just feeling lazy that extra step of cooking the pasta before assembling the casserole and cooking it again just drives me nuts. Thanks for posting this!!