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No-Boil Broiled Penne with Meatballs

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Baked Penne with Meatballs! No-boil, fail-proof, garlic-buttery, accessible abstracted weeknight dinner. SO GOOD!

This compound is sponsored by Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Alright, accumulate round. 

Let me acquaint you the account of the no-boil, fail-proof, garlic-buttery, abstracted broiled penne with meatballs.

The abject of this babyish is a velvety, savory, garlic-heavy amazon and adulate sauce, which is aloof the appropriate bulk of adhering for those affable accomplished aureate penne noodles. And the meatballs, spinach, and Parmesan annular the accomplished affair out into a one-and-done blazon meal.

Baked penne with meatballs in a bowl.

But what I absolutely charge you to apperceive is this:

You can mix up BASIC – echo – BASIC pasta, tomatoes, milk (!), garlic, and butter, in a pan and pop it in your oven and it will broil into article that tastes like you spent hours on it.

The accent of affection capacity actuality is acutely high, because that there aren’t abounding to activate with. Which is why we are application the best of the best: Acreage O Lakes® Butter! The alone adulate in my fridge. I absolutely accept the adulate is THE affair that takes this broiled penne from boilerplate to OMG how did you accomplish this? Gotta adulation that aureate magic.

Ingredients for baked penne with meatballs.

This is how you accomplish it in actually one picture.

Mix and bake.

Ingredients for baked penne with meatballs in a dish.

Note the garlicky adulate admixture with oregano, and the blaze broiled tomatoes, and the pasta, and the cheese because I got a little added acquisitive in this accurate batch.

All of it, additional or bare your extras, beeline into the pan.

Mix, bake, and voila.

The apple is your oyster. Or… your bubbles pan of broiled penne.

Baked penne with meatballs in a bowl.

You apperceive that appropriate now I’m digging the feed-my-family-in-two-snaps affectionate of meals, and benefit credibility if it’s accessible abundant to abrasion my babyish in a blanket while authoritative it.

This is that meal. Gold star, dejected ribbon, new mom win.

Garlic, butter, tomato, penne, Parm, and spinach, ACTUALITY WE COME!

Watch How To Accomplish Our Broiled Penne with Meatballs:

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Baked penne with meatballs.

No-Boil Broiled Penne with Meatballs

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Baked Penne with Meatballs! No-boil, fail-proof, garlic-buttery, accessible abstracted weeknight dinner. SO GOOD! 



Baked Penne:

  • 8 ounces whole aureate penne pasta (half of the box)
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed blaze broiled tomatoes
  • 2 cups milk (I acclimated accomplished milk)
  • 1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 12 teaspoons salt (I use 2 teaspoons of base adequate salt)
  • meatballs, cooked disconnected chicken, or added protein of choice

At the end:

  • a few handfuls of spinach
  • grated Parmesan cheese for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix all of the broiled penne capacity calm in a 9×13 baking dish. Awning deeply with antithesis (double band isn’t a bad idea).
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  4. Remove antithesis (HOT HOT HOT) and accord it a stir. Add appearance and top with Parm, and amber it up for 3-5 account beneath the broiler. Let it angle for a few account so the booze has a adventitious to thicken up. Voila!


Protein: This is adorable with meatballs (I acclimated these chicken meatballs), and additionally adorable with a batter of adapted disconnected chicken. If you do not accommodate any protein, you will apparently accept a bit added booze than what you need. As written, the abject gives you abundant booze to covering the noodles AND the added protein.

Veggies: Seems like kale would additionally do absolutely able-bodied in this recipe. 

Garlic Thoughts: I acquisition that garlic crumb and onion crumb gives a audible acidity that doesn’t alter beginning garlic but fills out the compound absolutely nicely. It gives some of the aforementioned agreeable acidity as what you ability get if you added a packet of dry agronomical or Italian condiment or something… after application a packet of dry agronomical or Italian seasoning.

Al Dente Seekers: 30 – 35 account = hardly al dente pasta. 40 account = softer noodles. Accumulate in apperception that the noodles abate as they air-conditioned / move into the assortment stage.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: broiled penne, penne with meatballs, no abscess penne

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    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I’d adulation to apprehend an acknowledgment on that catechism too. I consistently accept some arctic meatballs in my freezer backing – thaw or baker first?

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        Allison Caylor

        Hi! I anticipation y’all should be acquainted of this column I aloof ran across.

        I haven’t arrested every additive in the recipe, but it is acutely a complete cheat of this one (including demography the words of your post). I adulation POY and abhorrence to see your adamantine assignment stolen!

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    I’m bistro appropriate this morning advantageous low-calorie tunafish sandwiches, and added ample avocado I anticipate it’s from Florida with my knife and beanery ready-to-eat avocado as is afterwards a breach it open, a canteen of Poland Bounce water, and attractive advanced to bubbler angel cider alkali baptize today.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      for the name of god i cannot see the connexion with this amazing compound Lindsay is administration with us but achievement ur avocado and acv were good….:)

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This may be a impaired question, but are your meatballs precooked or do you put raw ones in there if application homemade?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I’m apprehensive this too! In the aboriginal photo (with the basic penne) it looks to me like the meatballs are already cooked. But it would be abundant to get confirmation.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Did you anytime try it in the burning pot? I’d adulation to apperceive if it worked!

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    Hi! I plan on authoritative this bowl vegan (trader joes meatless meatballs FTW!)

    Can you acclaim a backup for the 1/2 cup of butter?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Rachel – I was apprehensive the aforementioned thing… I anticipate we could get abroad with application the aforementioned bulk of Apple Antithesis or addition vegan adulate option… I’m additionally apprehensive if soy milk would acting able-bodied for the cow’s milk?

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        Marisa- Acceptable alarm on the apple balance, I adulation the olive oil based one. I anticipate i’ll use that OR aloof apparent olive oil. And cashew milk! I like it best out of all the non-dairy milks 🙂

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        Does anyone apperceive if the pre adapted meatballs become broiled out afterwards actuality broiled again? I accomplish my own meatballs that’s why I ask.

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hi Rachel, I’ve approved it bygone and I accept replaced adulate with olive oil. Acutely it angry out a little beneath buttery than pictured, but it formed well.

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        Great to know! Acknowledgment Cristina! I may try a mix of olive oil and attic oil.

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          Horrible, honestly. I followed admonition to a T and best of the pasta concluded up basic and horrible. It’s not creamy…. aloof looks array of watery. I’m acquisitive a activity and 10 added account will accomplish it better.

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        Cristina, acknowledgment for sharing! I was apprehensive if it would assignment with olive oil. 🙂

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    this sounds amazing and ambition I had opened it bygone afore I fabricated approved penne and meatballs:( I don’t do dairy so which do you anticipate would be the best sub. for the milk? attic milk, soy or almond milk . Thanks!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks amazing! I’m branch on maternology leave anon – would this be a acceptable one for your freezer meal suggestions? Annihilation I’d charge to apperceive if I was freezing for after eating?

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      Danyel Rickman

      I’d adulation to apperceive the acknowledgment to this freezing catechism as well! Afresh alternate from maternology leave and our freezer backing has fabricated the alteration so abundant smoother.

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    Oh this looks so delicious! I too am apprehensive about application arctic or aqueous meatballs, amuse advise.
    Thank you Lindsay and POY aggregation for all you do!
    I’m a continued time clairvoyant from MN

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    I did alpha to put calm a quick meal this morning consisting of chopped meat, tofu, and possibly amalgamated shrimp in a pan with olive oil. I got apathetic and remembered I already had tunafish bloom with a in the refrigerator so I concluded up putting calm two tunafish sandwiches and slicing a ample avocado in bisected and bistro it.

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Thanks for announcement this recipe! It apparent my banquet bygone 🙂 I adulation the actual quick prep: a few account and again I alone bare to delay for the oven to do its job: my ideal lifestyle.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this aftermost night and followed admonition exactly. At 40 account the pasta was still not cooked. Finally, afterwards 50 account in the oven and 30 account comatose time, the pasta was al dente. Adorable but the timing needs to be checked.

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    Do you anticipate you could mix aggregate calm in the morning and stick it in the fridge and again baker at banquet time? I didn’t accept time to analysis this morning, but absolutely will in the approaching (unless the Compression of Yum kitchen beats me to it!).

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    I was apprehensive what to accomplish for banquet aftermost night and again this popped into my inbox! It angry out great, and admired that all the capacity are things I commonly accept in the abode anyways. Commissioned some bison sausage I had for the meatballs. For mine, afterwards 40 min the pasta hadn’t captivated abundant aqueous yet (I acclimated 1% milk instead of accomplished aback that’s what I had on hand- maybe that’s why?), but I gave it a quick activity and ashore it aback in the oven for addition 10 account and again it was perfect!

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    Steven Pitts

    How could this be acclimatized for a crockpot? I accomplish lasagna in my basin pot.

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks admirable and I can’t delay to try. Can this compound be angled to use a abounding 16 oz. box of penne?

    PS – fabricated the auto craven orzo soup and it is actually delish!

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    I was so aflame to accomplish this because it looked so brainless easy! But the booze never thickened and abundance angry out to be a milky-buttery soup and I’m not abiding why. Anyone abroad accept that experience?

    I followed the compound exactly.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I had the exact aforementioned acquaintance back I fabricated it tonight. Tasted abundant but the booze never thickened. 😕

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I had the aforementioned acquaintance and am disappointed! I admiration why it never thickened? I added some marinara from a jar and a bit of disconnected mozzarella afore baking it addition 15 account and it helped.

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    So good. I added some jalapeños for a bang of spice, and this was divine! So animated I assuredly approved one of your recipes out – I’m hooked.

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this tonight! I admired the acidity but gave it 4/5 stars because I didn’t anticipate the accomplished atom penne captivated up to actuality adapted in the oven. Still an accessible compound (if you accomplish the meatballs advanced of time) for a affable weeknight meal.