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Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole

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 Effortless Comfort: Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole

Uncover the magic of a comforting meal made with ease with our Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole. This recipe takes the hassle out of cooking, offering a hearty and flavorful dish that requires minimal effort. Experience the joy of a satisfying casserole that combines the goodness of meatballs, pasta, and a savory sauce in one convenient package.

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Why Choose Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole?
Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole is a testament to the joy of uncomplicated cooking. This dish eliminates the need for multiple prep steps, making it a perfect solution for busy weeknights or when you crave comfort food without the fuss. With layers of tender meatballs, al dente pasta, and rich marinara sauce, this casserole offers a taste of home-cooked goodness without the time-consuming preparation.

Ingredients:

*For the Casserole:*
– 1 lb (about 20) frozen meatballs, fully cooked
– 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
– 2 cups marinara sauce
– 2 cups water
– 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
– 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
– 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
– Salt and black pepper to taste

*For Garnish (Optional):*
– Fresh basil leaves, chopped
– Crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions:

*Step 1: Preheat and Prep*
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

*Step 2: Layering the Casserole*
In the prepared baking dish, combine the frozen meatballs, uncooked penne pasta, marinara sauce, water, and Italian seasoning. Gently stir to ensure even distribution.

*Step 3: Seasoning and Cheeses*
Season the mixture with salt and black pepper to taste. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese over the top.

*Step 4: Cover and Bake*
Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil. This helps cook the pasta and meatballs evenly without drying out.

*Step 5: Baking Time*
Bake the casserole in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

*Step 6: Uncover and Brown*
Remove the foil and return the casserole to the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese on top turns golden brown.

*Step 7: Serve and Garnish*
Once the casserole is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Garnish with chopped fresh basil leaves and crushed red pepper flakes for a burst of color and flavor.

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Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole is a celebration of simplicity and comfort. With layers of savory goodness that come together effortlessly, each bite transports you to a world of home-cooked satisfaction. So, embrace the convenience, savor the heartwarming flavors, and enjoy a meal that’s both easy to prepare and delightful to savor.

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