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Cheesy Baked Pasta and Meatballs

Cheesy Baked Pasta and Meatballs

with Spinach

Tonight's plate of pasta is a baked riff on spaghetti and meatballs. Penne tossed in tomato sauce and spinach is topped with meatballs before being layered with a generous helping of cheese and going under the broiler for a crispy finish!

Allergens:
Barley
Milk
Wheat
Rye
Sesame
Soy
Oats
Sulphites

Produced in a facility that processes milk, sesame, eggs, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mustard, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybean and sulphites.

Preparation Time30 minutes
DifficultyMedium

Ingredients

serving amount

250 g

Ground Beef

2 tbsp

Italian Breadcrumbs

(Contains Barley, Milk, Wheat, Rye, Sesame, Soy, Oats)

1 cup

Marinara Sauce

2 tbsp

Tomato Sauce Base

1 tsp

Garlic Powder

56 g

Baby Spinach

170 g

Penne

(Contains Wheat)

¾ cup

Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

(Contains Milk)

¼ cup

Parmesan Cheese, grated

(Contains Milk)

½ tbsp

Soy Sauce

(Contains Soy, Sulphites, Wheat)

Not included in your delivery

1 tbsp

Unsalted Butter*

(Contains Milk)

0.38 tsp

Salt*

0.13 tsp

Pepper*

½ tsp

Sugar*

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Nutrition Values

Calories900 kcal
Fat36 g
Saturated Fat18 g
Carbohydrate90 g
Sugar18 g
Dietary Fiber8 g
Protein54 g
Cholesterol125 mg
Sodium1930 mg
Due to the different suppliers we purchase our products from, nutritional facts per meal can vary from the website to what is received in the delivered box, depending on your region.

Utensils

Large Pot
Colander
Measuring Cups
Measuring Spoons
Large Bowl
8x8" Baking Dish
Large Non-Stick Pan

Instructions

Cook penne
1

Before starting, preheat the oven to 450˚F. Wash and dry all produce. Add 10 cups water and 2 tsp salt to a large pot (use same for 4 ppl). Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Add penne to the boiling water. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 10-12 min. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water (dbl for 4 ppl), then drain and return penne to the same pot, off heat.

Roast meatballs
2

Meanwhile, add beef, breadcrumbs, half the soy sauce, half the garlic powder, 2 tbsp milk, 3 tbsp Parmesan and 1/4 tsp salt (dbl all for 4 ppl) to a large bowl. Season with pepper, then combine. Roll mixture into 8 equal-sized meatballs (16 for 4 ppl). Transfer meatballs to an 8x8-inch baking dish (9x13-inch for 4 ppl).Roast in the top of the oven until cooked through, 10-12 min.**When meatballs are done, switch the oven to broil.

Cook sauce
3

Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add tomato sauce base, marinara sauce, remaining garlic powder, remaining soy sauce and 1/2 tsp sugar (dbl for 4 ppl). Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly, 2-3 min. Add 1 tbsp butter (dbl for 4 ppl), then stir until melted.

Sauce penne and cook spinach
4

Add penne and reserved pasta water to the pan with sauce. Increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and coats penne, 2-3 min. Meanwhile, roughly chop spinach. Add spinach. Cook, stirring constantly, until spinach wilts, 1 min. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Assemble and broil
5

Add meatballs to the pan with penne, then gently toss to coat meatballs in sauce. Transfer penne and meatballs to the baking dish used for meatballs. Sprinkle mozzarella, then remaining Parmesan over top. Broil penne and meatballs in the middle of the oven until cheese is melted and top is golden, 4-6 min. (TIP: Keep your eye on penne and meatballs so they don't burn!)

Finish and serve
6

Divide penne and meatballs between plates.