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meatball sub casserole

(6 ratings)
Recipe by
Teresa Jacobson
New Orleans, LA

This is so amazingly good and if you make the lighter version it's only 343 calories per serving! The whole family loves this! It tastes like a meatball sub but serves up a little like lasagna. Serve with a tossed salad and some fresh fruit and you've got a great meal!

(6 ratings)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 35 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For meatball sub casserole

  • 1/3 c
    onion, chopped fine
  • 1/4 c
    seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp
    parmesan cheese, grated
  • 16 oz
    ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp
    flax seed, fresh ground (optional)
  • 1
    loaf italian bread
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese or low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c
    mayonnaise or light miracle whip
  • 1 tsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 8 oz
    shredded mozzarella, divided (low fat, if you'd like)
  • 26-28 oz
    spaghetti sauce, meatless (healthy version, if you'd like)
  • 1 c
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced

How To Make meatball sub casserole

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a shallow pan with foil; coat foil lightly with nonstick spray.
  • 2
    In a bowl, combine onion, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, ground beef or turkey, and ground flax, if desired. Mix well and shape into 1 inch balls; place on prepared pan leaving a little space between each one. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 min or until no longer pink.
  • 3
    Lightly coat a 13x9 baking dish with nonstick spray. Arrange Italian bread in a single layer in dish (I like to open the bread up like a sub and cut to fit in dish but however you'd like.) NOTE** All the bread may not fit in dish- that's ok.
  • 4
    In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning and black pepper. Blend until smooth and well combined. Spread over bread in dish. Sprinkle 1/4 of the mozzarella cheese onto cream cheese mixture on bread.
  • 5
    In a separate bowl, combine sauce, water and garlic; add the meatballs. Pour over cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
  • 6
    Bake, uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve hot.