Meatball Casserole

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Meatball Casserole

Dump and bake meatball casserole is just that. You dump all 5 ingredients into the slow cooker, set it, and forget it! Does it really get any better than that? Nope, not really. Enjoy this amazing meal!

There are so many days when i find myself super busy with the hustle and bustle of life that I forget all about making dinner. There are also those days where I know I’m going to be busy and I need to get something started in the morning as I won’t have time to make a meal later on in the day.That’s when recipes like these come in handy.

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Have you ever discovered the convenience of making Dump Cakes? Well, applying the same concept to main courses or casseroles can make dinner preparation even easier and faster.

Introducing the Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole—a hearty and filling dish that guarantees smiles on everyone’s faces, even the pickiest eaters. You can even make this dish in advance and store it in the freezer, making it perfect for meal prep enthusiasts looking to plan their week ahead.

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. You simply dump the ingredients into a casserole dish, pop it in the oven, and let it cook through. It’s the ultimate solution for those tired evenings when you crave a wholesome meal without resorting to unhealthy fast food.

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Reasons to Love the Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole Recipe:

  • Quick and easy to make, ideal for busy weeknights.
  • One-pot meal, resulting in less cleanup.
  • The combination of juicy meatballs, pasta, and flavorful sauce is a hit with the whole family.

What is the secret to good meatballs?

Now, what’s the secret to making good meatballs? Well, it’s all about using a combination of ground beef and pork for extra flavor and moisture. Remember not to overwork the mixture when forming the meatballs and avoid overcooking them.

But if you’re looking to save time in the kitchen, this recipe is perfect for you. Whether your workday runs long or your kids’ activities extend into overtime, you can simply use frozen meatballs and still enjoy the same delicious results.

Can I make my own meatballs?

If you want to experiment with variations, you can try using turkey meatballs or plant-based alternatives. Additionally, feel free to substitute the bowtie pasta with another type of pasta that suits your preference.

While the Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole is a complete meal on its own, you can enhance it by serving it with a side salad or garlic bread for added texture and flavor.

Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole Recipe:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Servings: 6

Looking for an easy dump-and-bake recipe? This meatball casserole is the perfect solution! With just a few simple ingredients, it can be made ahead of time and is freezer-friendly for those busy weeknights.


  • 1 bag of defrosted frozen meatballs
  • 1 jar of marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 box of bowtie pasta
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a high-sided oven-proof pot or skillet, combine the meatballs, sauce, water, pasta, and Italian seasoning.
  3. Stir well to combine.
  4. Cover and bake for 35 minutes.
  5. Remove the cover and top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  6. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden.
  7. Let the casserole sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 159 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 28 mg
  • Sodium: 461 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugar: 3 g

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