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Meatballs and Buttered Pasta Shells

This easy Meatballs and Buttered Pasta Shells dinner is incredibly flavorful meatballs and delicious buttered noodles created with Tyson’s Mix & Match Creations.

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Looking for more dinner recipes with meatballs? Try these Cashew Chicken Meatballs or these Cream Cheese Pork Meatballs.

A white decorative plate filled with pasta, corn and carrots and topped with meatballs

These Meatballs And Pasta Were So Easy To Make

Line up because I’ve got something special going on in the kitchen today! We’ve got meatballs, we’ve got pasta shells, and we have corn! All of that awesomeness sitting on this beautiful plate, ready to be devoured. Truthfully, it’s times like these that I really, REALLY wish we had taste-o-vision.  If I could, I would feed this delicious meal to each and every one of you.

If you’ve been coming around here for some time, you have most likely noticed that I like to prepare this family’s dinner meals with a few shortcuts, if possible. Thus, when Tyson Foods asked me to prepare a meal using their Mix & Match Creations, you can see why I was game-set-go!

A bag of Tyson's Mix & Match Creations homestyle meatballs

My Family Loves Eating All Kinds Of Pasta 

Since pasta is a part of our family, last weekend, during our weekly trip to Walmart, I picked up a bag of these Buttered Pasta Shells, which are a part of the Mix & Match series. Also, in search of some meaty protein, we picked up a bag of their flavorful Tyson Homestyle Meatballs. And because you can’t have meatballs without tomato sauce, I also reached for a box of the Tuscan Tomato Sauce.

A bag of Mix & Match Creations frozen buttered pasta shells

Judging by our choices, it would appear that we are either Italian, Italian, or Italian. We are not. But we LOVE their food!

Along the way, and while I was in the Mix & Match zone, I also picked up some Asian Style Vegetables and Whole Grain Brown Rice (all part of the Mix & Match Creations) – for those let’s-go-light-on-dinner-so-we-can-have-cake-for-dessert nights.

A pile of meatballs on top of a plate of pasta, corn and carrots

This Recipe Is The Perfect Cheap And Easy Dinner

Best part of this shopping trip was the receipt – a $10 dollar dinner for 4! I thought that was the icing on the cake until we came home and tasted the meatballs… OhMy! Delish! These meatballs were so, so good! Flavorful and moist, just as they should be. It also helps that they were easy to prepare – oven at 350 for 30 minutes and ding! Din din was ready!

Tyson's Mix & Match Creations frozen meatballs on a foil lined baking pan

The pasta shells were also very good. I enjoyed the taste of the butter sauce and the added texture of corn and julienned carrots.

Then there was the delicious Tuscan Tomato Sauce that my husband wanted to just spoon into his mouth as if it was soup. Yep. That good. In fact, there are two pouches of frozen sauce in each box, and since I only used one for this particular dinner, the next night my husband used the other pouch to perk up his spaghetti!

Tyson's Mix & Match Creations pasta sauce

How Do You Cook Frozen Tomato Sauce?

Because the sauce was frozen, I thawed it while the meatballs were cooking, and a few minutes before I had to take out the meatballs, I added the sauce to the saucepan to heat it up, about 3 minutes.

Pasta sauce cooking in a pot on a stove

In under 1 hour, we had a 3-course meal sitting all pretty, waiting for us to delight in and chow down! And that’s exactly what we did. We enjoyed it down to the last pasta shell and fought for the last meatball. The kids won…

Tyson Mix & Match Creations Are Great For Easy Family Dinners

If you need help with delicious dinners that don’t require too much time in the kitchen, pick up some of the Tyson Mix & Match Creations and get dinner to the table in no time. With 192 different flavor combinations from 5 proteins, 6 sauces, and 8 sides, there’s a meal creation for everyone and anyone! The meal comes together quickly, but the best part is that it’s tasteful, flavorful and delish!

Meatballs, pasta, corn and carrots on a white decorative plate

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Meatballs and Buttered Pasta Shells

Katerina | Diethood
This easy Meatballs and Buttered Pasta Shells dinner is incredibly flavorful meatballs and delicious buttered noodles created with Tyson's Mix & Match Creations.
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Servings : 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 bag Tyson Homemade Meatballs {Mix & Match Creations}
  • 1 bag Buttered Pasta Shells {Mix & Match Creations}
  • 1 box Tuscan Tomato Sauce {Mix & Match Creations}


  • Prepare the meatballs following the directions on the bag.
  • In the meantime, prepare the pasta shells by placing them in the microwave - follow heating times according to the directions on the bag.
  • Thaw the Tomato Sauce.
  • Once thawed, transfer to a saucepan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Add the cooked meatballs to the tomato sauce and stir; making sure to cover each meatball with tomato sauce.
  • Transfer the pasta shells to a large serving plate.
  • Layer the meatballs on top of pasta shells.
  • Spoon the remaining of the tomato sauce over the meatballs.
  • Serve.


Calories: 72 kcal | Carbohydrates: 13 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 340 mg | Potassium: 226 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 265 IU | Vitamin C: 4.3 mg | Calcium: 8 mg | Iron: 1.1 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cheap easy dinner ideas, easy dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, easy kid friendly dinner, frozen meatballs recipe, recipe for frozen meatballs, weeknight dinner ideas
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5 comments on “Meatballs and Buttered Pasta Shells”

  1. The dinner sounds very tasty and bonus on the extra sauce for hubby’s spaghetti. 🙂 I’d love to try to replicate it at home with basic ingredients as I don’t like to purchase too many prepared foods.

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