Penne Meatball Bake

Ingredients:
6 oz uncooked penne
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 cloves minced garlic, divided
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/4 tsp pepper
1 lb lean ground beef
1 egg
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped basil, divided
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
Parmesan cheese, if desired

Instructions:
Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. In a large bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, 1 minced clove of garlic, 1/4 tsp salt, pepper, ground beef, and egg.
Form the beef into 12 large meatballs.
Heat the olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs to the pan, and brown, for about 5 minutes. Add in the remaining minced garlic.
Add in the pasta water, remaining salt, 3 tbsp of basil, crushed red pepper, and tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Stir the pasta into the pan.
Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and broil until the cheese is melted, or 1-2 minutes. Garnish with the additional basil.
Top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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