Cheesy Italian Meatball Penne Pasta Bake {Win an LG EasyClean Double Oven Range}


This Cheesy Italian Meatball Penne Bake has become one of my family’s  favorite dinners.  Owen thinks meatballs are the coolest thing.  He sticks them with his fork and shoves the whole thing in his mouth at once.  And Miles can eat more of it than his big brother.  The kid loves the stuff.  And my husband, well, he can just about eat the entire pan.  What man doesn’t love meatballs?  Can you guess what I love about it?  The cheese! It’s fully loaded with cheese and I love it. 

The one hang up with this dish?  It’s a mess of a dinner.  My boys are a mess , the pan’s a mess, even the oven is a mess.  A messy oven is my worst nightmare!  When was the last time you cleaned YOUR oven? 

I refuse to answer…


I’ll be honest, cleaning the oven isn’t at the top of my priority list.  In fact, one of my least favorite things about being a food blogger is the absurd amount of dishes I wash and the number of times I clean my kitchen in a day.  So adding the oven to the list sometimes slips my mind.  I’m typically the clean as you go type and like to have the dinner mess cleaned up right after dinner.  But the second my kids’ plates are clean they are ready to play.  We try to do something together as a family in the evenings, whether it’s just playing together with toys or walking to the park.  Clean up either has to be really quick or just has to wait.  As much as I want my kitchen clean I’d much rather spend time playing with my family. 

Which is exactly why my oven has been neglected.  Doesn’t an oven take hours to clean? (It really has been that long for me)


The solution?  The LG EasyClean™ Double Oven Range.  Have you heard about it?  

LG’s EasyClean™’ mottos is:  A Clean Oven in Minutes, Not Hours.  (Just what I need!)

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A clean oven in 20 minutes? Now that I could make time for! Especially after a messy meal that bubbles and splatters all over the oven.   

That is of course after I clean up my messy kids….


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Cheesy Italian Meatball Penne Bake
cheesy Italian penne pasta bake, loaded with meatballs!
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  1. 1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef
  2. 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 tsp pepper
  6. 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  7. 1/2 tsp onion salt
  8. 1/2 tsp oregano
  9. 2 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese
  10. 1 (13.2 oz) box of whole grain Penne pasta
  11. 4-5 cups marinara sauce (2 1/2 24oz jars)
  12. 1 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese (1/4 cup reserved)
  13. 1 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  14. salt & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, and seasonings. Mix with clean hands until well incorporated.
  3. Form golf ball sized (1-inch) meatballs and place on a lightly greased one-inch deep baking sheet (it’s better to use a baking sheet with an edge). Bake for 20-30 minutes turning once half way through (cook until no longer pink in the middle). Set meatballs aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Stir in penne pasta and boil for 9-10 minutes or until al dente.
  5. Drain pasta and pour into a large bowl. Gently toss pasta, 1 cup of each mozzarella and parmasen cheese, four cups of marinara sauce, and meatballs together.
  6. Pour into a greased 9X13 inch pan. Top with remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella and parmesan cheese and cover with foil. Bake for 20-25 minutes covered, then remove the foil and finish cooking for another 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.
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  1. Jennifer C. says:

    We make nachos and sometimes pieces fall off in the oven.

  2. Baked macaroni & cheese!

  3. My lasagna sometimes spills over and that is brutal to scrape off!

  4. Mmmm! This sounds so good! I love, love penne pasta bakes!

  5. Heather says:

    Turkey. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without clouds of smoke wafting across the dining room table.

  6. Debbie Bray says:


  7. The meal I make that leaves my oven messiest? Either Meatloaf (all that grease! YUCK!) or pizza (ooey gooey cheesy goodness!). I’m sure there’s something else, but it’s not on my “all the time” menu and I”m just not thinking about it.

    I try to keep it cleaner by putting my meatloaf pans on cookie sheets, but sometimes I just have to have that extra fatty stuff (rarely, but still) and it spills when I take it out anyway.

  8. When I make homemade pizza I use cornmeal and that usually gets all over the place including the oven.

  9. This looks so delicious – I pinned it!
    Orange chicken makes my oven messy.

  10. Lasagna or enchiladas always bubble over for me!

  11. Shirley Franklin says:

    lasagna! Totally tears up my oven, but SO worth it…

  12. Rebecca White says:

    Whenever I make an apple pie, I overfill it. It always leaves my oven a huge mess. It tastes so delicious that I never want to reduce the apples!

  13. Does apple pie count as a meal?

  14. Frances Shields-Jackson says:

    Anything I make like mac & Cheese, Lasagne, and Pizza if I cook directly on rack….ugh the clean Up. I Hate It…lol

  15. Love lasagne-with LOTS of cheese and sauce-which bubbles out.

  16. Susan P says:

    The standing-rib roast we have every Christmas! Whoa, it makes a mess but is so delish!

  17. Heather G. says:

    Spaghetti & Meatballs casserole!!! Messy oven, messy happy children!

  18. pizza

  19. When I make my pumpkin bread, even if I skimp on the ingredients, it always explodes or overflows in the oven! Stinky, stinky oven.

  20. Thank you, Kristy. Sounds really good and easy too.

  21. Alyssa Roberts (Lucy) says:

    When i make Chicken Pot Pie it almost always overflows and i have to put a pan under it.

  22. Katie K says:

    Lasagna is our messiest entree as well!

  23. Chicken pot pie and lasagna are the worst for me! They always boil over.

  24. Pizza tends to make a mess in our oven, and I’ve had pies overflow, too. Such a pain trying to get baked on cheese or sugar off of the oven! Of course, the worst was the time that my not-Pyrex pie plate exploded (literally) all over the oven when I was making quiche. Ai yi yi!

    Your pasta bake looks delish!

    (forgive me if this double-posts; it said “error” when I tried the first time)

  25. Deirdre says:

    Our favorite messy meal is cheesy meatloaf with twice baked potatoes. Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. Sarah G says:

    My family loves chicken pot pie, but the filling always oozes out and drips onto the bottom of the oven!

  27. Sarah G says:
  28. Daniela says:

    Pizza on the stone

  29. Joo Lin says:

    I’m making this recipe this week! Looks delish. Pies make my oven a mess… I always think this time it won’t overflow so I forget to put a cookie sheet underneath.

    I adore my double oven but I’d sell it if I could get one that self-cleans in less time.


  30. My mile high apple pie tends to spill over!

  31. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 04/06

  32. melissa Resnick says:

    my bbq pulled pork

  33. Jessica says:

    My hubby likes to make jerky in the oven. Really messy because he hangs it from the racks and it drips.

  34. We are suckers for bacon in the oven, it makes it soo good,but makes the oven soo dirty!

  35. I need it for the pizzas we make , . Good luck to all

  36. Stephanie V. says:

    oooh – so many but my grandmother’s capirotada and enchiladas! yummy!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  37. Nicole S says:

    Whenever we make homemade pizza talk about an oven catastrophe! The cheese always bubbles over and burns on the bottom!

  38. pizza always makes my oven messy!

  39. You know, you can (should) involve the kids, no matter how young they are, in cleaning up the dishes … not just dinner, but any meal. If you do it right, they think of it as part of the play after dinner. As for what makes the oven dirty, apple pie when I overdo the apples. It bubbles over … drip, drip, drip.

  40. Russell Minter says:

    Couldn’t ya line the bottom of the oven with tin foil.

  41. Maggie Wallace says:

    Looks so yummy! My baked lasagna always seems to spill over! Talk about a huge sauce mess!

  42. Maggie Wallace says:


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  43. It never fails with Lasagna

  44. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 05/06

  45. This is comfort food at its BEST! Absolutely scrumptious recipe, Kristy. I love it!

  46. Paula Diekhoff says:

    Not a main dish, but cherry, apple or berry pies always seem to spill over and leave a baked-on mess

  47. Always lasagna and blueberry pie

  48. Tammie C says:

    Homemade pizza ALWAYS makes a mess!!

  49. Tracy L Davis says:


  50. Anastasia says:

    The recipe that leaves my oven messy is my enchiladas! I stuff the baking dishes full and use lots of cheese and sauce which, even if I cover them, tends to bubble and slosh over the edge when I pull them out :)

  51. Anastasia says:
  52. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 06/06

  53. sharonjo says:

    I make a high-roasted chicken dish that really makes a mess of the oven, thanks in part to the fact that you bake it at 500 degrees!

  54. sharonjo says:
  55. On the stovetop chili splatters sometims and in the oven it’s baked Lasagna that makes the biggest mess!

  56. Lasagne! It always overflows.

  57. One of our faves is mac and cheese, and it almost always bubbles over!

  58. Michelle R says:

    Turkey eggplant casserole

  59. Margot C says:

    Frankly, I have a few in my repertoire that make me cringe when I think of the clean-up. Like you it’s the tomato based dishes with the sputtering and spitting (in my case a Lasagna) that really make a mess

  60. Margot C says:
  61. twitted this today, 08/06

  62. My pies always boil over and the filling burns when it drips.

  63. Wanda McHenry says:

    Lasagna! The classic boil over!

  64. Wanda McHenry says:
  65. latanya says:

    cherry pie

  66. latanya says:
  67. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 10/06

  68. CHRISTY MOIR says:


  69. Michelle R. says:

    I tend to be a very messy baker, so typically anything I bake will end up leaving a mark on my oven. Typically it is something difficult to get off, like cheese, pie filling or chocolate.

  70. Enchilada casserole gets pretty messy while it bakes!

  71. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 11/06

  72. Chicken Pot Pies always make a mess!

  73. Sarah C says:

    Cooking a turkey in the oven always spatters everywhere!

  74. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Spaghetti with a meat sauce

  75. chicken pot pies, twitted this tdoay, 13/06

  76. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 14/06

  77. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 15/06

  78. Debbie B says:

    pizza can make a bit of a mess sometimes

    I think may family would love the recipe you mentioned above! Can’t wait to try it out

  79. Debbie B says:
  80. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 16/06

  81. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 17/06

  82. Cheese and meatballs are my families favorite in any dish!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win! Fingers crossed…really need this.

  83. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 18/06

  84. lynn brannen says:


  85. Pauline M says:

    My easy answer is anything that my kids attempt to make :) but mine is a chicken pastini recipe that my mother gave me years ago. My kids ask for it at least once a week!

  86. Chicken cheese enchiladas

  87. Heather S says:

    Mississippi Mud!

  88. Heather S says:
  89. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 19/06

  90. Rosanne says:
  91. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 20/06

  92. I’m drooling over my screen, this looks so delicious! It looks so moist, the perfect pasta bake! And your baby is gorgeous!

  93. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 21/06

  94. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 23/06

  95. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 24/06

  96. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 25/06

  97. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 26/06

  98. Pizza tends to cause a mess in our oven. I have a bad habit of adding too much cheese; it goes over the side of the stone when it melts.

  99. Nataly Carbonell says:

    Lasagna and other pasta recipes

  100. Nataly Carbonell says:
  101. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 27/06

  102. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 28/06

  103. Marilyn says:

    Peach Cobblers spills over in my oven. I hate it but I don’t quit making Peach Cobblers.
    I love, love penne pasta bakes and would love to win the oven.

  104. Debra Ford says:

    Sometimes when I make calzones on the pizza stone and if they aren’t sealed fully, the cheese oozes out and off the stone onto the bottom of the oven to make quite the mess.

  105. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 29/06

  106. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 30/06

  107. jsimpkins says:

    I love this recipe and my kids love anything with meatballs. This is one recipe I am trying. Thank you.

  108. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 01/07

  109. caramel apple pie

  110. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 02/07

  111. awww…hes’ adorable…not the messy oven though. My favorite recipe that leaves a mess is the Strawberry and brown butter cobbler. good…and messy for sure.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  112. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 04/07

  113. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 05/07

  114. Baked Hot Wings make a mess, but is healthier than fried!!

  115. Rebecca Graham says:

    Lasagna can make a mess.

  116. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 06/07

  117. Julie Schwab says:

    My meatloaf leaves a mess!

  118. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 07/07

  119. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 08/07

  120. Martha Cisneros says:

    I too am a cheese lover so anything with cheese gets “extra” from me and usually ends up on the oven needing to be cleaned up.

  121. Sonya Morris says:

    My family’s favorite meal that leaves a mess in the oven is lasagna!

  122. Sonya Morris says:

    My family’s favorite meal that leaves a mess in the oven is lasagna.

  123. Sonya Morris says:

    Sorry for the double entry for the response!
    Link to tweet.

  124. Natalie Shmigelsky says:

    My family loves Chicken Pot Pie! That makes the oven quite messy when it bubbles over :)

  125. Natalie Shmigelsky says:
  126. Lisa Brown says:

    It never fails that my berry or peach cobblers always overflow and drip down the sides of the baking dish, making the worst sticky messes in my oven.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  127. Lisa Brown says:

    tweet –
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  128. tina reynolds says:

    my husbands homemade loaded pasta dish always leaves the stove an unreal mess. Thanks for the chance to win.

  129. tina reynolds says:
  130. Betty C says:

    Lasagna always seems to bubble over and make a mess in my oven.

  131. Betty C says:
  132. Janice Cooper says:

    Vegetarian Lasagna

  133. Janice Cooper says:
  134. Rachel E says:

    We make broiled hamburgers when it is cold outside. They are tasty but messy!

  135. Rachel E says:
  136. Erica C. says:

    Scalloped potatoes are the worst.

  137. Mihaela D. says:

    it’s Lasagna :)

  138. Lasagna Bolognese.

  139. lasagna, so messy.

  140. Kat Emerick says:

    Definitely when I make cherry or apple pies! What a mess!

  141. susan smoaks says:

    i like to bake a breakfast casserole and it’s really messy

  142. Veronica Garrett says:

    Mexican Burritos leave mt oven ib a mess.

  143. rachel travis says:

    My chicken pot pie is amazing but almost always boils over!!!

    rachelmarietravis at gmail dot com

  144. Baked spaghetti is a messy but tasty favorite.

  145. Kathlyne says:

    Cherry pie always seems to bubble over and make a mess, but I’m going to make it this week anyway.

  146. Gary Ford, Jr. says:

    Zucchini Lasagna is my favorite recipe to mess my oven up.

  147. chicken pot pies, twitted this today, 15/07

  148. Edward Zabel says:

    Scalloed Potatos and Ham Casserole. It never fails to boil over

  149. Help!! Could I use my own homemade spaghetti sauce instead of the canned sauce??


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