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Air fryer pasta bake sends TikTok wild: 'Why have I never thought of this?'

Simple and delicious, this meal is sure to be an instant favourite in your home.

TikTok is going crazy for this five-ingredient air fryer pasta dish that you can whip up in less than half an hour with very minimal effort.

With winter upon us, we suspect this recipe will be on repeat across plenty of household meal plans.

Air fryer pasta bake
Using just five ingredients, the TikToker created an air-fried meatball pasta bake that was ready in no time. Source: TikTok/@airfryergirluk

A TikToker who runs the account Air Fryer Girl UK shared her super simple recipe for making meatball pasta bake in the air fryer in just 20 minutes.

"Why have I never thought to make meatballs this way? I always pay more for ready rolled," one person commented on her video. "This looks amazing!" added another.

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How she did it

With just five ingredients, the woman showed her hack for making fuss-free air fryer meatballs, before adding them to the pasta bake.

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The home cook's super simple meatball hack using broken up pieces of sausage was praised by viewers. Source: TikTok/@airfryergirluk

She first took four sausages, breaking off small pieces and rolling them into a ball. After placing each one into the air fryer basket she cooked them for eight minutes at 190 degrees, giving them a little shake-up halfway through to ensure they cook evenly.

While they're cooking she cooks some pasta and pours boiling water over some frozen peas to thaw them out.

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The final result was a crunchy-top pasta bake with plenty of melted cheese. Source: TikTok/@airfryergirluk

Once they're all done, she mixes the ingredients along with pasta sauce into a silicone bowl before topping it with "loads of cheese" and popping it back in the air fryer for a further eight to 10 minutes at 190 degrees.

The result? Seriously delicious-looking pasta with a perfectly baked crunchy top and plenty of melted gooey cheese. Yum!

The home cook said it was her go-to recipe for getting dinner on the table fast and having enough for the next day's lunch.

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Air fryer fans can't wait to try out the recipe. Source: TikTok/@airfryergirluk

"Love a bit of pasta bake and great for a leftovers lunch!" she wrote alongside her short video.

Air fryer fans couldn't get enough of the woman's straightforward recipe and meatball hack.

"Is there anything you can't do in an air fryer?" one viewer asked. "This looks spot-on, I'm gonna try it," added another, and someone else wrote, "This looks so yum!"

Want to make this recipe yourself? See our guide to the best air fryers for every budget and get cooking.

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