Easy Spinach & Meatball Pasta Bake

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 60
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cup penne, cooked according to package instructions, 1 cup pasta water reserved 500 mL
  • 2 tsp olive oil 10 mL
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cups lightly packed baby spinach 1 L
  • 1 cup tomato sauce 125 mL
  • 1/2 cup light ricotta cheese 125 mL
  • 16 ready-to-cook Italian meatballs
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 125 mL
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (optional)

Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook onion until tender, about 5 min. Stir in the spinach, remove from heat and keep covered until the spinach is wilted, about 2 min. Uncover and let cool completely. Stir in cooked pasta, reserved pasta water, tomato sauce, and ricotta. Transfer to an 8 x 8-in. (20 x 20 cm) baking dish. Nestle meatballs evenly in the pasta mixture. Top with mozzarella.

  • Step 2

    Bake covered with foil 20 min. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 min., or until cheese is melted and bubbling. To serve, garnish with fresh basil (if using).

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition Description Per serving (1/4 of the recipe):
  • Calories 450
  • Fat 21 g
  • Saturated Fat 9 g
  • Carbs 42 g
  • Sugar 5 g
  • Protein 23 g
  • Cholesterol 40 mg
  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sodium 800 mg