Meatball Parmesan Pasta Bake

This cheesy and comforting Meatball Parmesan Pasta Bake is so easy to get on the dinner table because it’s made all in one skillet!

Easy clean up makes dinner time a breeze! Our kids devoured this meatball and pasta dinner, and we think yours will too. Also be sure to check out our Cheeseburger Meatball Skillet and this Skillet Chicken Pot Pie for more one pot dinner ideas!

meatball and pasta skillet dinner

Meatball Parmesan Pasta Skillet

This is one of those recipes that you might look at and be like, nah, too difficult for tonight. Well I’m here to tell you my friends, you’re going to be surprised. This pasta bake dinner only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and it’s so crazy delicious, we’ll be making it all the time from now on.

There’s something so delicious about this baked pasta that cooks right in a homemade tomato sauce. The pasta has so much more flavor than if it was boiled in water. Topped of with homemade meatballs and a few dollops of fresh mozzarella cheese, it’s no wonder this pasta dinner is a home run.

How Do You Make This Pasta Bake?

Start by mixing up homemade meatballs that just have a few ingredients. The key to these meatballs is using a good quality ground beef. We like a 93% lean grass fed ground beef if you can get that, but just make sure it’s a good quality product.

meatball cooking in a skillet for pasta bake recipe

Mix the meatballs with parmesan cheese, salt, peppers, panko breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning and fresh garlic. Form them into slightly larger than gold ball shape meatballs (you should get about 15 meatballs).

Brown the meatballs in a skillet with a little olive oil on both sides until golden brown. As you can see the meatballs won’t be cooked all the way through and that’s ok, they’ll finish cooking in the oven.

Garlic cooking in oil in a skillet

Remove the meatballs from the skillet and set aside on a plate. To the same skillet, add fresh chopped garlic and cook for just about a minute being careful not to let the garlic get too brown.

Pour in tomato sauce, water, more Italian seasoning and a little salt. Stir and bring to a simmer. Let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes and then add elbow macaroni. Stir the pasta to combine with the sauce and then add the meatball into the skillet.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, remove the skillet from the oven, stir and then and place the mozzarella cheese around the meatballs and pasta. Return the skillet to the oven and bake fro another 5-7 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Meatballs and mozzarella cheese with baked pasta

How Do You Serve This Meatball Parmesan Pasta?

Right on the table. It couldn’t be easier. We like to place a trivet right on the table and just put the skillet right in the center. Wrap a towel around the handle if you don’t have a silicone cover so that no one accidentally grabs the hot handle and then dig in. If you have little ones, just keep the skillet on the stove and dish it out for them on their plates.

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Meatball Parmesan Pasta Bake

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

This easy one skillet pasta recipe has homemade meatballs tucked right inside the pasta, topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and baked in a homemade tomato sauce. Ready in just about 30 minutes!



  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Extra grated parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Fresh basil for garnish

For The Meatballs:

  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For The Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 29 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the meatballs (except the olive oil) in a bowl and mix to combine. From into golf ball sized meatballs (you’ll get about 15/16 meatballs) and place on a board or a plate.
  3. Add the olive oil to a large oven proof skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs and brown on both sides about 3-4 minutes a side. The meatballs won’t be cooked all the way through, this is just to brown the outsides. remove the meatballs from the skillet to a plate.
  4. To start the sauce, add 1/1 2 tablespoons of garlic to the same skillet and cook for 1 minute while stirring. Pour in the tomato sauce and water along with the Italian seasoning and salt. Stir and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the elbow macaroni and stir to combine with the sauce. Add the meatballs to the skillet and place into the oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the skillet from the oven, stir and then place the mozzarella cheese around the pasta and meatballs. Return the skillet to the oven for 5-7 minutes to melt the cheese.
  7. Garnish with more parmesan cheese and fresh chopped basil and serve immediately.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top / Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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