Meatball Penne Pasta in Marinara Sauce

By: Kay Lalor January 16, 2022
If you're like me, making your picky toddler actually eat is a challenging task in itself. Some days you just want to create a quick side meal for your toddler or if your toddler is being picky from the main meal that you've already cooked, luckily this basic dish will be easy and fast to put together with zero prep.
Cook: 25m Total: 25m
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Complexity: Simple
People: 5



Meatball Directions
  1. Preheat the oven according to the meatball package.
  2. Place the frozen meatballs on a baking sheet and place it in the oven.
  3. Bake he meatballs per the directions on the package.
  4. Once completed baking, set the baked meatballs aside.
Pasta Directions
  1. Fill the small saucepan 3/4 with water and add 2 tablespoons of sea salt to the water on medium-high heat.
  2. Once boiling, add the penne pasta and cook for 20 minutes or until softened and occasionally stir with a wooden spoon.
  3. Separate the penne pasta and the water (make sure to save some of the pasta water in a glass-safe measuring cup or container using a stainless steel strainer in the sink.
  1. Place the penne pasta back into the saucepan and add the baked meatballs, marinara sauce, and shredded sharp cheddar cheese and stir over medium heat.
  2. Plate the contents on a plate, sprinkle grated parmesan cheese.
  3. Feel free to add optional crushed red pepper flakes for a kick.

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