Meatball Sub Casserole

This was another recipe I came across on Pinterest. I liked it because it had meatballs and I don’t often cook anything with meatballs so I thought it would be a nice change of pace for the family (and of course, it looked easy!)

The original recipe is from: Julie’s Eats and Treats (There are lots of fun recipes on this blog, I can’t wait to check them all out.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of Italian Bread (The original recipe calls for French bread, but Italian was on sale, so that’s what I used.)
  • Meatballs (I used the 22oz Mama Mancini’s refrigerated meatballs)
  • 24oz jar of pasta sauce
  • 8oz bag of shredded mozzarella (2 cups)
  • 1 8oz block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup of mayo
  • 1 tsp of Italian seasoning
  • pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cut the Italian bread in half  and cut it down to fit in the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 pan.
  2. In a bowl mix mayo, cream cheese and seasonings then spread the mixture evenly onto the bread.
  3. Top with half (1 cup) of the shredded mozzarella.
  4. In a second bowl combine the meatballs and sauce then spread that evenly on top of the cheese.
  5. Finish by topping with the rest of the cheese.
  6. Bake on 350 for 30 minutes.

Verdict: Win

This was a definite win and a nice break from the usual Italian meals I make. It had a lot of flavor and the cream cheese made it extra cheesy. This was also my first time using the Mama Mancini meatballs and whoa, those are good! I served this with Parmesan noodles and Italian green beans.

 

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