Saturday, September 29, 2012

Meatball Sub Casserole


I'm a sucker for a good casserole. And this is one of the best ones I have had in a long time! The whole family LOVED it!

You can go with homemade MEATBALLS and MARINARA, (like I did).   Or go with your favorite store brand of each. (Rao's marinara is incredible!) It really is up to you and how much time you have. Whenever I make spaghetti and meatballs, I double my recipe and freeze half. Comes in SO handy for dishes like this!

Ingredients:
1 loaf Italian bread, cut into 1 inch thick slices
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 Tbs mayonnaise
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cups freshly grated Mozzarella cheese, divided
1-2 Lbs frozen (OR HOMEMADE) meatballs, thawed
4 cups marinara sauce (CAN MAKE YOUR OWN)
1/2 cup water
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350
Arrange your bread slices in an ungreased 9x13 baking dish; set aside. In a bowl, combine your cream cheese, mayonnaise, seasonings, and pepper; spread over bread slices. Sprinkle with half of your Mozzarella; set aside. Mix together your meatballs, marinara, and water; spoon over Mozzarella. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
Serve with a nice green salad and you're good to go!


Note: For a firmer base, simply toast your sliced bread before adding to baking dish.

Adapted from recipes found on Gooseberry Patch & Plain Chicken

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36 comments:

  1. Wow! That looks delicious. I host a linky party on Tuesday called The Gathering Spot and would love you to share your recipe. Hope to see you there! http://mamaldiane.com/

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  2. Were your homemade meatballs pre-cooked?

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    1. Yes, I cook and freeze them. Just thaw them before mixing with the marinara.

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  3. I love casseroles, too! This look awesome. I'm sharing it on my FB page! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

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  4. I found you at The Dedicated House. This looks so yummy, and I might have to try it tonight! Thanks for sharing :) ~Erin

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  5. I absolutely LOVE this idea, will definitely be making this in the future. Thanks for sharing

    Newest follower!

    Stephanie
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  6. This looks amazing! My husband would love this! I am going to have to remember this one :)
    http://mommysordinarymagic.blogspot.com

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  7. My mouth is watering now!!! Can't wait to try this!!!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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  8. WOW! That looks sooo delicious. I love that it can be so quick and easy too. Pinning!

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  9. I am going to pin this and make it the next time I make meatballs - it looks wonderful! I also make at least a double batch and freeze.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Michele @ Better Organized Living

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  10. Mmmm, I'm sold. I even shared on my Facebook wall so I don't forget about it.

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  11. Anything with meatballs....yummo!!! Linking up from Happy Hour!
    Laurie @ pride in photos

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  12. This looks really good.I will make this. Thank you for sharing .Partying from Somewhat Simple. Glad I did. Have a blessed day.
    @ SimpleeSue

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  13. Holy cow that looks so yummy! I'm kind of in love with meatball subs and casseroles separately - so what a great idea it is to combine the two! I pinned your post/picture, and I can't wait to try it sometime on my own!
    --Halie
    P.S. - found you via a blog hop today, from Monkey's and Tutu's I believe...??

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  14. Awesome! We love meatball subs and this is a great way to change it up! Thanks so much for sharing this at the Riverton Housewives Round Up!

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  15. This looks so good. I am making meatballs today just so I can make this. Not sure which blog hop I came from. I have included this recipe in my Friday Finds this week. I will be back to look around soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. This looks delish! Thanks for linking up to Show Me What You Got Tuesday's at ODH.

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  17. Holy Flip! This looks so good! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  18. OK seriously?! Another dinner recipe for this week :) This looks divine!

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  19. Leslie!!!! OOOOH My Goodness!! I made this for supper tonite and I literally had to stop myself from eating more it is fanfreakintastic! I loooved the way the bread has a nice crust on the bottom and doesn't get to soggy .... added a little red pepper to my marinara for a little kick the recipe you provided was perfect. Simple process & ingredients with BIG flavor my kinda recipe Kudos!!!

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    1. Hi Amy!

      Yay! I'm so glad you liked it!

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  20. Oh my goodness does this look delish! Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

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  21. And the benefit of eating it this way is there should be less mess right? I think I love this way more than a meatball sub sandwich!!! Can't wait to try it!!!

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  22. Love meatballs! They're so versatile and it is so rewarding to make your own! This recipe sounds quite delicious! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  23. Oh my goodness this looks amazing! I just found dinner for tomorrow night. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

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  24. Leslie,
    This looks amazing. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/10/almond-sugar-body-scrub-and-wednesdays.html
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  25. I am making this for the second time since trying it. It's hard to find a recipe that makes my hubby, son AND me happy, but this one nailed it. I did change it a tiny bit. I mixed half the mozzarella in with the cream cheese mayo mixture and only used 2 cups of sauce (basically a jar of whatever pre made sauce is in my pantry-- tonight was Classico-- they all seem to be 2 cups). I also have smaller baking dishes which works out great because I can save one for another day.

    Oh and it's so incredibly filling! Eating 2 inches of it is hard (but soooo yummy you don't want to stop!).

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  26. You're not supposed to cook the meatballs before baking them are you? I have the packaged kind. :)

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    1. No. The packaged ones are already cooked. But they should be thawed before adding them to this dish.

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  27. Making this for dinner tonight and have a question....do you know if you can freeze this...I'm thinking before baking it. I made enough meatballs and sauce for extra and I have extra bread already. What do you think?

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    1. I think you could definitely freeze this. But I'd let it thaw before baking.

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  28. I'm thinking this is a good and quick meal for those late night work days too; however, my hubby isn't a fan of cream cheese -- thinking maybe ricotta would work instead? Thoughts?

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  29. Hi, Paula!
    Ricotta would work. Just keep in mind that it will completely change the flavor of this dish. The cream cheese gives it a tangy flavor that you won't get from ricotta.

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  30. Have you tried using those garlic bread loaves they sell at the store? I think I may have to try this with that variation!

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    1. I have not tried it that way but I'm sure it would work perfectly!

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