Meatball pasta bake

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Meatball pasta bake
Meatball pasta bake
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

This cheesy, meatball bake will leave your dinner guests with full stomachs and smiles on their faces. Try the easy recipe for dinner today.


  • 300g (11oz) wholewheat penne
  • 500g (1lb 2oz) pork mince
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 75100g (331/2oz) Cheddar cheese, grated
  • green salad, to serve


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 50ml (2fl oz) red wine
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

You can make meatballs out of veggie mince and leave out the Worcestershire sauce for a vegetarian alternative to this dish


  1. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan according to the instructions on the packet, then drain and set aside in the pan. Preheat the grill to medium.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pork with the onion, oregano, garlic, Dijon mustard, tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and a good pinch of salt and black pepper.
  3. Form the mixture into 2830 bite-sized meatballs and arrange on a grill tray.
  4. Cook under the hot grill for 1012 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides.
  5. For the sauce, heat the oil in another saucepan over a medium heat, add the onion and gently fry for 12 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for a further 3040 seconds.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes, wine, oregano and sugar, then season with salt and black pepper. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the sauce has reduced.
  7. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F), Gas mark 6.
  8. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and add the meatballs. Stir until everything is combined, then transfer to a high-sided baking dish.
  9. Sprinkle grated cheese over the top and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Serve in big hearty portions with a green side salad.
Recipe taken from Kitchen Hero by Donal Skehan (Collins 20)

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