Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Italian Meatball Sub Casserole

I saw a recipe on Pinterest for a meatball sub recipe.  The original recipe can be found HERE.

Baked meatball sub

I changed it a little bit, and  this made 2 pie pans to freeze and a loaf pan for dinner tonight. Here's what I came up with! 

Italian Meatball Sub Casserole

1 round loaf of French or sourdough bread, cubed or torn into 1 inch pieces
1- 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise 
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1- 24 ounce can of pasta sauce
1- 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
2-3 lbs Italian meatballs, thawed (I used about half of a 6 lb costco size bag!)
Nonstick spray (like Pam) 

Spray either a 9x13 or a few pans if you are going to freeze.  Cover the bottom of the pan in cubed bread.  If freezing, put the pans in the freezer to firm up/freeze the bread cubes.  
Italian meatball sub casserole

Mix the cream cheese, yogurt, mayo, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper.  Drop by teaspoonfuls on top of bread. 
Italian meatball sub casserole

Sprinkle a small amount of mozzarella over the top.  

Mix together the pasta sauce, tomato sauce, and meatballs.  Spread a layer over the top of the bread and cheese in the pan(s). 

Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on top.  

Cover with foil if baking right away.  If freezing, cover with foil and then plastic wrap.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Take off foil & bake an additional 10 minutes.  Serve! 

The only thing I think I'll do different next time is to use the crust pieces of the bread more, and less of the middle because it got a little soggy.  Also, I had to bake it a bit longer because my meatballs were still a little frozen.  So definitely needs to be thawed! It was still delicious.  Even Dawson ate it! 

This was really relatively easy to put together.  It's probably not the healthiest meal, but right now I'm all about easy!  I'm stocking my freezer this week, trying to keep some easy meals for my boys at least when I don't feel well.  Going out multiple times a week is hard on the budget!  


  1. Anything with meatballs is always popular in my house :) I am making gluten free meatballs this week (they actually turn out pretty close to regular meatballs). Freezing meatballs is great with kids, it saves so much time and it's nice being able to pull out a meal from the freezer with no fuss!

    1. Dawson loves meatballs :) and my husband is willing to eat them all kinds of ways! They are a great base for lots of things for sure! It's amazing how much less time you have for dinner prep with little ones :)