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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!

Tags:
Family Friendly
Allergens:
Barley
Milk
Wheat
Rye
Sesame
Soy
Oats
Gluten
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

Cavatappi

(Contains Gluten)

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
Cholesterol123 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 cavatappi
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 cavatappi to the boiling water. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 10-12 min. Reserve 1/2 cup (1 cup) pasta water, then drain and return cavatappi to the same pot, off heat.

Roast meatballs
2

Meanwhile, add beef, breadcrumbs, half the soy sauce, half the garlic powder, 2 tbsp (4 tbsp) milk, 3 tbsp (6 tbsp) Parmesan and 1/4 tsp (1/2 tsp) salt to a large bowl. Season with pepper, then combine. Roll mixture into 8 equal-sized meatballs (16 meatballs for 4 ppl). Transfer 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 (1 tsp) sugar. 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 (2 tbsp) butter, then stir until melted.

Finish sauce and cook spinach
4

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

Assemble and broil
5

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

Finish and serve
6

Divide cheesy baked pasta and meatballs between plates.