Easy Spinach & Meatball Pasta Bake

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 h
  • 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).

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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