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Creamy Vodka Meatball Pasta

posted by Julie Evink on June 12, 2013

Creamy Vodka Meatball Pasta ~ Hearty pasta casserole full of savory meatballs and smothered in a creamy vodka sauce! via www.julieseatsandtreats.com

Mmmm doesn’t Creamy Vodka Meatball Pasta just remind you of being in some fancy restaurant, sipping a glass of wine, staring into your significant others eyes dreamily while music plays softly in the background.

News flash. This did not happen when I was enjoying this lovely dish.

It was more like “Ma, Ma” , sippy cup hits the floor, “Uh Oh”, “Dada”, etc.

It was not the romantic meal I had envisioned, but that’s ok right? At least I was able to enjoy a home cooked meal surrounded by my family.

Who’s kidding me? I’d LOVE to go out on a date night sometime here, but let’s get real. It doesn’t happen unless scheduled and let’s just say I haven’t scheduled one lately. Like in the last 4-5 months since we bought the “house”. Yup the thing that sucks the time right out of every moment of free time. Good thing I love that house. I really do. I think you truly appreciate things a lot more when you have to wait for them. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t enjoy waiting to be able to find a larger house that we could afford, but it was worth it!

So if you’d like to pretend you are out on a date night with the special person in your life this recipe is just for you!

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Creamy Vodka Meatball Pasta

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8

Creamy Vodka Meatball Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 package (2.5 lbs) frozen meatballs, thawed
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1 jar Vodka pasta sauce
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 16 oz ziti pasta, cooked according to directions on package
  • 2 c. Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 glass pan with non stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute over medium-low heat for about two minutes
  3. Add pasta sauce and oregano to skillet and mix. Heat until hot, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir meatballs into the pasta sauce.
  5. Add the meatballs to your sauce. Bring pasta and meatballs to a simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes or until heated through.
  6. Mix together cooked pasta and meatballs together in a large bowl. Add Mozzarella cheese and stir well. Transfer to the prepared 9x13 in glass baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and bubbling.
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Creamy Vodka Meatball Pasta

Preparation 20 minutes 2017-03-23T00:20:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 minutes 2017-03-23T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 8     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (2.5 lbs) frozen meatballs, thawed
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1 jar Vodka pasta sauce
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 16 oz ziti pasta, cooked according to directions on package
  • 2 c. Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 glass pan with non stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute over medium-low heat for about two minutes
  3. Add pasta sauce and oregano to skillet and mix. Heat until hot, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir meatballs into the pasta sauce.
  5. Add the meatballs to your sauce. Bring pasta and meatballs to a simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes or until heated through.
  6. Mix together cooked pasta and meatballs together in a large bowl. Add Mozzarella cheese and stir well. Transfer to the prepared 9x13 in glass baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and bubbling.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 100g
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 350 Calories from fat 252
% Daily Value
Total Fat 28 43%
Saturated Fat 8 40%
Carbohydrate 22 7%
Protein 14
Sodium 958 40%
Sugars 1
Dietary Fiber 7 28%
Cholesterol 29 10%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000 2500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 25g 80g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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    Comments

  • Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet


    Hopping over from Mostly Homemade Mom link party! I love all things pasta and this looks delicious!

    • Julie Evink


      Welcome Nancy! Glad to have you here 🙂

  • tanya


    Vodka sauce is one of my favorites!!! Probably the only reason I have Vodka, because I don’t like to drink it! And as for romance, I’m not big on romantic meals, I’m a burger and beer kinda girl! I’m totally a cheap date!

    • Julie Evink


      We’d get along great…I love burgers and beers!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel


    You had me at vodka! And it kept getting better and better after that 🙂 love this for an easy weeknight meal!

    • Julie Evink


      Haha Vodka makes everything better…until the next morning… 🙂

  • Andi @ The Weary Chef


    This looks delicious! I love tomato vodka sauce, and adding in meatballs makes it even better.

  • Serena@Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch


    Who can resist tomato vodka sauce over meatballs! Deliciousness!

  • Gwen


    Call me stupid & do a head slap but what is vodca pasta sauce & were in the world do you get it?

    • Julie Evink


      Hey Gwen! It’s just a type of spaghetti sauce so you’d find it where you find the jars of spaghetti sauce 🙂

  • Lily


    This was a big hit with the fam! Although mine wasn’t as “saucy” as your photo, it was still delicious. Thanks

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