This Gluten-Free Weeknight Baked Meatball Penne Pasta Casserole is a healthier classic recipe for the entire family! Packed with bold, savory flavors, this recipe is the perfect hearty, vegetarian option that is made with creamy ricotta + vegan meatballs tucked away in between the penne pasta and topped with a seasoned tomato sauce, and generous amounts of Mozzarella cheese. This is a sure crowd-pleaser and is finger-licking goodness on a plate.
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Weeknight Baked Meatball Penne Pasta Casserole [Gluten-Free]. I love pasta dishes, especially pasta bakes. Honestly, they are the perfect lazy meals for during week or on weekends.
This vegetarian option pasta bake is truly amazing. Nothing short of flavor and it’s even perfect once reheated!
Of course, we’re in the season of comfort foods + easy to make meals and this simple meal comes in real handy, especially on those days when time is of the essence.
Of course, you can always search ‘weeknight meals‘ on our site for more deliciousness.
It’s absolutely delicious—-creamy + velvety!
Super easy to make and quick (plus, no crazy clean-up! Can we say–Everything in a baking dish?)
Loaded with Cheesy flavors!
Full of flavor + well seasoned! (The best reason!)
Perfect chunks of vegan meatballs and creamy ricotta.
Entirely gluten-free and great for the entire family.
Perfect for any time of day—Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast (if that’s your thing), whatever!
The ricotta mixture. Simple!
In order to ensure that your filling for the pasta bake is smooth and creamy, you must ensure that your ricotta mixture is nice in velvety.
Since ricotta cheese usually comes out a bit thick, the trick to the ultimate creaminess is in mixing in a bit of the boiled pasta water. Yup. You’ve read right.
A few Tbsps of boiled pasta water loosens things up nicely and creates a nice smooth texture. So, once you fold in the parmesan and any other ingredients (i.e. kale or spinach), you’re good to go!
Since we’re on the topic of pasta—-I figured that you would really love the following Vegan + Vegetarian options below.
This One Pot Creamy Vegan Tuscan Kale Pasta recipe is a delicious weeknight meal option for the entire family. Packed with bold, savory flavors, this recipe is the perfect vegan and dairy-free option that is made with a creamy based made from cashews and filled with a nice velvety texture from the kale and tomatoes.
This Vegan Sweet Potato Pasta w/ Kale + Spinach is the perfect way to enjoy a good plate of creamy pasta much like the classic Alfredo version, without the dairy and cheese and of course with the amazing texture of Pappardelle noddles. This recipe is easy to make, light, bursting with ‘cheesy flavor’ from the use of nutritional yeast, dairy-free, and so healthy!
This One-Pot Cajun Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta is the perfect way to enjoy a good plate of creamy pasta much like the classic Alfredo version, but without the dairy and cheese (all Vegan), completely loaded with pumpkin flavor married with cajun seasonings, and of course with the amazing texture of Pappardelle noddles.
Like many pasta dishes, this recipe can be easily enjoyed with a delicious salad of some sort. Then of course, there are warm salads like Roasted Eggplants, Grilled Zucchini, other Roasted Veggies, etc.
Lastly, you can serve a platter of cooked veggies such as sautéed broccolini or asparagus OR the traditional route of garlic bread.
It’s all up to you. Mix and match.
Gluten-Free Penne – My fave has been by Ancient Harvest. This version is packed with protein and made entirely from green lentils
Mozzarella Cheese – Makes things nice + creamy; plus, adds such rich cheesy flavor
Vegan Meatballs – A great vegan option made with veggies and adds a beautiful meatiness to this bake
Herbs + Seasonings – A great addition of flavor. Adds such savoriness nice + a beautiful kick of spice
Pasta Sauce – Can be homemade or store-bought. Always add seasoning to enhance the taste
Ricotta Cheese – Adds such a creaminess to everything
Veggie Stock – Helps to add extra flavor and creaminess
Kale – A great addition of greens
Olive Oil – Used for cooking
It’s all about the seasoning! Whether you choose to make your pasta sauce from scratch or use a store-bought version (the Rao’s brand is my fave by the way), adding seasoning to your sauce is KEY! Adding flavor to the base of your sauce with garlic and seasonings will add more depth to your pasta bake and allow everything else to marry together well.
Just let it all simmer together and slowly bubble as the seasonings infuse deeply.
OK, so I’m super excited to be partnering with Ancient Harvest, because I LOVE, Love their products, especially their pasta line.
Since I’ve been incorporating more gluten-free options into my diet, I’ve leaned on their products a lot more because a girl loves her pasta. Haha.
That’s why this Green Lentil Pasta is perfect. It only has 25g of protein per serving, making it perfect for Meatless Mondays.
My greatest reason for partnering with them, however, stems from their mission to create time-tested, plant-based, nutrient-dense ingredients and transforming them into delicious, real foods for real life.
This of course, aligns with my idea that eating healthy doesn’t have to come with omitting flavor and uniqueness therefore, it’s a no brainer that I worked with them on my previous Nachos recipe + this Baked Pasta dish.
Weeknight Baked Meatball Penne Pasta Casserole [Gluten-Free].