Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs

March 27, 2014Teresa

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs is amazing. Every now and then you experiment and improvise and hit a winner! Not every time, but sometimes you hit the ball out of the ball park! Well, this was one of those recipes. Every mouthful was so savory and mouthwatering. This extra cheesy pasta entree is hearty, filling and so satisfying.

I LOVE meatballs and have a ton of recipes made with them. These Italian-Style Meatballs turned out so wonderfully. Roasted pine nuts provide both a spectacular flavor and crunchy texture to the meatballs in the recipe.

We had a houseful of company a couple of weeks ago. I was trying to think of what I could make that’s fairly easy.  I needed something I could whip up the day before and bake during the time we were at church on Sunday. I was also looking for something that most people would like. Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs was a huge success. Several of my guests remarked how much they enjoyed the meatballs, especially because of the toasted pine nuts inside!

If you’re looking for a tasty Italian main dish recipe that feeds about 10-12 hearty appetites than you’ve come to the right recipe! I would have made this gluten free except it’s hard to find GF penne pasta anywhere. [Update June 2017: Ronzoni now makes penne, macaroni, rotini and spaghetti noodles gluten free. They make the best tasting gluten free pasta I’ve ever tried.]

One of these days I’m going to have to break down and make up my own gluten free bread crumbs too. [Update June 2017: 4C brand now makes gluten free bread crumbs. They are available at Walmart.] But, until then, this recipe is a regular wheat pasta recipe. Even still, I think you and your family will enjoy this tasty pasta dish. We sure did. So did our company. The teenagers and kids loved it! Need I say more? 🙂

When I initially published this recipe in March 2013, the recipe turned out fantastic but my pictures were less than pleasing. I recently remade this recipe (September 2018) for our Friday night care group. I got really high marks for this amazing casserole. It’s just so mouthwatering and everyone loved the toasted pine nuts in the meatballs. They add excellent savory flavor and crunch. Give it a try. I believe your family will enjoy it just as much as ours.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs is a wonderful pasta dish. 

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs has it all! Texture, taste, and it feeds a lot! 

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

The Italian-Style Meatballs were wonderful. I loved the taste of the pine nuts in them.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs is a spectacular entree your family will love.

Here’s what I did.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

I used these ingredients for the meatballs.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Toast the pine nuts.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Add pine nuts with all the remaining ingredients. 

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Mix with your hands until everything is well combined.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Shape mixture into golf-ball sized meatballs and place on a cookie sheet that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. 

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Bake at 350 for approximately 30 minutes or so until baked through. Set meatballs aside.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

I used these ingredients for the pasta.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Cook penne pasta according to package directions but only until al-dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Place pasta, egg, ricotta, part of the parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese and 1 1/2 cups sauce in a large mixing bowl. 

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Stir to combine.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Spray a 9×13″ glass baking dish with cooking spray. Add pasta mixture to dish.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Place meatballs over top of the pasta.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Cover meatballs with remaining sauce.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Sprinkle up to 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning over top of sauce.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Cover with foil and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbly.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese over top.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Bake at 350 an additional 10 minutes until cheese melts.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

All the cheese makes this entree spectacular.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs is not low calorie but it sure is high on taste!

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

This pasta entree is terrific for company dinners.

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

These meatballs are fantastic.

Here’s the recipe.

BAKED PENNE WITH ITALIAN-STYLE MEATBALLS

(My own concoction)

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This spectacular Italian casserole is filled with three cheeses, spaghetti sauce and penne pasta. It also includes meatballs that contain toasted pine nuts providing wonderful flavor and texture. Perfect entree for company dinners as it's incredibly delicious comfort food.
Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 75 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
BAKED PENNE:
ITALIAN-STYLE MEATBALLS
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 75 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
BAKED PENNE:
ITALIAN-STYLE MEATBALLS
Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef
Instructions
BAKED PENNE:
  1. Cook pasta about 9-10 minutes—only until al dente.
  2. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  3. In a large bowl mix cooked and drained penne, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, egg, 3 cups mozzarella cheese and 1 ½ cups spaghetti sauce.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Spray a 10x15” baking dish with cooking spray.
  6. Spread penne mixture over bottom of prepared pan.
  7. Place meatballs over top of penne mixture.
  8. Spread remaining sauce over top.
  9. Sprinkle Italian seasoning evenly over top of sauce.
  10. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top.
  11. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until bubbly.
  12. Remove from oven and remove foil.
  13. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  14. Bake an additional 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
ITALIAN-STYLE MEATBALLS:
  1. Toast pine nuts; set aside.
  2. Place ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix with your hands until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Roll beef mixture into golf-ball sized balls and place on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until done.
  5. Use as directed above.
Recipe Notes
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs[/b]
Recipe Type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Teresa Ambra 
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
Fabulous Baked Penne recipe. This casserole is filled with cheese and the meatballs contain toasted pine nuts providing wonderful flavor and texture.
Ingredients
  • 16-oz. penne pasta cooked al dente
  • 24-oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 48-oz. spaghetti sauce
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 16-oz. mozzarella cheese
  • ½ to 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • Italian-Style Meatballs
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta about 9-10 minutes—only until al dente.
  2. Drain and rinse.
  3. In a large bowl mix cooked and drained penne, ricotta cheese, egg, mozzarella cheese and 1 ½ cups spaghetti sauce.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Spray a 10×15” baking dish with cooking spray.
  6. Spread penne mixture over bottom of prepared pan.
  7. Place meatballs over top of penne mixture.
  8. Spread remaining sauce over top.
  9. Sprinkle Italian seasoning evenly over top of sauce.
  10. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top.
  11. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until bubbly.

 

[b]Italian-Style Meatballs[/b]
Recipe Type: Pasta/Beef
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Teresa Ambra 
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 44
Fabulous Baked Penne recipe. This casserole is filled with cheese and the meatballs contain toasted pine nuts providing wonderful flavor and texture.
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ to 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic from a jar
  • 1 ½ cups Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 heaping tablespoon dried parsley
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix with your hands until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Roll beef mixture into golf-ball sized balls and place on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until done.
Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

There are plenty of delicious meatballs providing a lot of hearty meat for beef lovers. But feel free to substitute ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef if you prefer those meats. 

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs is a marvelous main dish entree your family is sure to love. 

Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef

This savory entree is so sumptuous. You will enjoy it down to the last crumb.

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Print Recipe
Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
This spectacular Italian casserole is filled with three cheeses, spaghetti sauce and penne pasta. It also includes meatballs that contain toasted pine nuts providing wonderful flavor and texture. Perfect entree for company dinners as it's incredibly delicious comfort food.
Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 75 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
BAKED PENNE:
ITALIAN-STYLE MEATBALLS
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 75 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
BAKED PENNE:
ITALIAN-STYLE MEATBALLS
Baked Penne with Italian-Style Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this sensational #pasta #recipe is layered like a #lasagna. The bottom layer has #penne mixed with 3 #cheeses including #ricotta. It's topped with #meatballs, #spaghettisauce & both #parmesan & #mozzarella cheeses. Perfect company entree. #pinenuts #groundbeef
Instructions
BAKED PENNE:
  1. Cook pasta about 9-10 minutes—only until al dente.
  2. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  3. In a large bowl mix cooked and drained penne, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, egg, 3 cups mozzarella cheese and 1 ½ cups spaghetti sauce.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Spray a 10x15” baking dish with cooking spray.
  6. Spread penne mixture over bottom of prepared pan.
  7. Place meatballs over top of penne mixture.
  8. Spread remaining sauce over top.
  9. Sprinkle Italian seasoning evenly over top of sauce.
  10. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top.
  11. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until bubbly.
  12. Remove from oven and remove foil.
  13. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  14. Bake an additional 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
ITALIAN-STYLE MEATBALLS:
  1. Toast pine nuts; set aside.
  2. Place ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix with your hands until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Roll beef mixture into golf-ball sized balls and place on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until done.
  5. Use as directed above.
Recipe Notes
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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