There are so many days when i find myself super busy with the hustle and bustle of life that I forget all about makign dinner. There are also those days where I know I’m going to be busy and I need to get somethign started in the morning as I won’t have time to make a meal later on in the day. That’s when recipes like these come in handy.
Dump and bake is just that. You dump all 5 ingredients into the , set it, and forget it! Does it really get any better than that? Nope, not really. Enjoy this amazing meal!
One Pan Meatball Casserole is one of those dump it and forget it family favorites that everyone loves. It makes a great freezer meal and I’ve adapted it for the slow cooker and instant pot.
One pan dishes are the kind of recipes that motivate me to make dinner. I love the thought of few dishes and easy prep! Some of my favorite one pan meals include Easy Beef Stroganoff, Cottage Pie, and One Pan Jambalaya.
This is one of those magical dinners where uncooked noodles, sauce, and meatballs are all added to a casserole dish and baked together in the same pan! It doesn’t get much easier then that, and it’s the type of warm and comforting meal that everyone in your family will love!
Want to make a smaller batch? Cut the recipe in half and bake in an 8’’ or similar size dish.
Can I use frozen meatballs? I suggest thawing the meatballs first, so that everything bakes in as quick of time as possible. If you bake the dish with frozen meatballs it will take longer to bake.
1 (16 ounce) package Barilla uncooked rotini
1 (25 ounce) jar marinara sauce
3 cups water
1 (14 ounce) package fully-cooked miniature (cocktail-size) meatballs (if using frozen meatballs, make sure that they are completely thawed before using)
2 cups Kraft shredded mozzarella (or Italian blend) cheese
Optional: Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped herbs (such as basil, oregano, and parsley) for garnish
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
In a large baking dish, stir together uncooked pasta, marinara sauce, water, and meatballs. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle mozzarella over the top and bake uncovered for 10 more minutes (or until cheese is melted and pasta is tender).
StumbleUpon is a great way to share and discover new content online. More than that though, it is a site that has the ability to provide you with a huge boost in traffic for your blog or website. If used correctly, you can easily double or even triple your traffic on a daily basis and build a loyal following of targeted readers. StumbleUpon is my number one source of traffic and these are four of the tips that I have found most helpful when using this source.
1. Know the Rules
The first thing you need to know about StumbleUpon is that even though it is a sort of social networking site and has user generated content, it still has rules and guidelines. Knowing these rules and what is a good post to stumble and what isn’t is the first key to success when trying to get more traffic to your blog.
Posts such as sweepstakes, adult content and posts that are time sensitive are not good Stumble fodder and the more that a post you stumble is given a thumbs down, the more it effects the weight you have towards future stumbles. How-to posts, recipes and timeless information all do well on StumbleUpon and is the type of content you should be targeting for more traffic.
2. Share the Love
No one likely a stingy greedy person and the same goes for StumbleUpon. If the only time you hit a “Stumble” button is to promote your own posts each day, you will eventually either be banned from submitting new stumbles or your stumbling will cease to pull weight and yield traffic for anyone, yourself included.
Share the love with others and use the Stumble toolbar to discover new sites. You can choose to only stumble in the topics you like, and a lot of great information can be found that you would never have the opportunity to discover otherwise. Try to stumble at least 10 other posts by others before stumbling one of your own.
3. Be Consistent
Those who stumble on a regular daily basis and interact with followers will have the best results when trying to get more traffic from StumbleUpon. Be consistent with your efforts and it will pay off big time in the end. As you build up friendships and alliances with others, you can use the share button to share posts you want stumbled with your friends and they can do the same with you. Think of it as building a team instead of playing one on one.
4. Choose Your Categories and Time Wisely
The first person to stumble every post will be given the option to choose the category that the post will be placed into. Having your post placed in the wrong category can instantly kill your chance at any traffic at all! If you are the first person to stumble your post, choose the category wisely. It takes some time to know what categories are more popular with StumbleUpon users, but once you get the hang of it, you know which ones to choose.
Selecting the right time of day to use StumbleUpon to promote your post is another important factor in generating more traffic. Men and women stumble at different times of the day and they also stumble various topics at different times of the day or night as well. For instance, women stumble more in the morning, while men tend to stumble into the late night hours. StumbleUpon recently shared a detailed post on their blog about the best times for stumbling and the most popularly stumbled topics by both genders. It is definitely worth a look if you want to boost your traffic!
Have questions or maybe even StumbleUpon traffic tips of your own? Feel free to make full use of the comment section below!