Easy Baked Pasta with Chicken Meatballs, Marinara, Pesto & Mozzarella Cheese


  • 6 meatballs (I used chicken, any kind will do, Could even use Italian sausage)
  • 3/4 C. marinara sauce (homemade or from a jar)
  • 1/4 C. Pesto (homemade or from a jar)
  • 1 1/4 C. dry, rigatoni pasta (or you could use penne or ziti)
  • 1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 C. parmesan cheese
  • Garnish with chopped fresh basil, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and return to pot.
  3. While pasta is cooking, brown meatballs in skillet (I used precooked meatballs from Costco). I cut them in half so they’re not too big.
  4. To the pasta, add meatballs, marinara and pesto. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour into small casserole dish. Top with cheeses and bake for 20 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted.
  6. Garnish with chopped fresh basil, if desired (I used a little rosemary for the picture because I didn’t have basil)