meatball and pasta skillet dinner

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