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bowl of ziti with meatballs

Ziti with Meatballs

  • Author: Sandra
  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


A rich hearty meal for one. Perfect after a long hike when you want both carbs and protein.



6 oz frozen meatballs (6, 1 oz meatballs)
1 cup pasta sauce (any)
1/2 cup water 
1/2 cup dry ziti pasta 


Combine meatballs, sauce, and water (if using dry pasta) in a glass dish
Cover and cook in Hot Logic for 3 hours
Add the pasta, making sure it is submerged under the sauce
Cook an additional 30 minutes.
Check pasta for doneness, cooking in additional 15-minute increments until done to your taste


Equipment needed:  Hot Logic Mini Portable Food Warmer36 oz covered glass dish.

The cooking time for the pasta varies depending on your pasta shape, size, and brand.  It cooks best by this method when the shapes are small because they need to be submerged in the sauce to cook properly.

I used store-bought frozen meatballs but you can mix up your own, or buy just what you need, fresh from the meat department.  If you buy large meatballs, reform them into a 1-inch diameter for better cooking.  If they are fresh (not frozen), check for doneness after 2 hours.

If using precooked pasta, omit the 1/2 cup water and use 1 cup of precooked pasta.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3.5 hours
  • Category: Van Cooking
  • Method: Hot Logic
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Hot Logic, Van Cooking