Meatball Sub Casserole

Meatball Sub Casserole – only 6 ingredients and ready in 30 minutes! French bread topped with yummy seasoned cream cheese, topped with meatballs, spaghetti sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Everyone LOVES this casserole – especially the kids!! French bread, cream cheese, Italian seasoning, frozen meatballs, spaghetti sauce, and mozzarella cheese. This is SOOO good! A fun twist to pizza night! #pizza #meatballs #frenchbread #casserole

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Meatball Sub Casserole with Cream Cheese

This Meatball Sub Casserole is a weeknight favorite! French bread topped with yummy seasoned cream cheese, topped with meatballs, spaghetti sauce, and mozzarella cheese. YUM! This is so simple to make and tastes fantastic.  This dish feeds a lot and would be great for a potluck. Whip up a salad and you are set!

How to Make Meatball Sub Casserole

As I said, this is very easy to make. Slice a loaf of french bread and place it in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Combine cream cheese and Italian seasoning. Spread it over the bread slices. Chop meatballs and place them on top of the cream cheese mixture. Spread spaghetti sauce over the meatballs and top with mozzarella cheese. Pop the dish in the oven and bake.

  • Feel free to toast the bread slices for a crunchier casserole.
  • I used frozen meatballs in this dish. Feel free to use homemade meatballs if you prefer.
  • Can substitute Texas toast or frozen garlic bread slices for the french bread.
  • Don’t like cream cheese? Try ricotta cheese or a combination of cream cheese and ricotta.
  • My favorite store-bought spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • Can Meatball Sub Casserole be made in advance? Yes. I would wait to add the spaghetti sauce until you were ready to bake it.  I think the bread would get too soggy otherwise.
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What to Serve with Meatball Casserole

We both loved this casserole.  I am already planning on making this again next week! It is such a fun twist to pizza night!! We like to serve the casserole with salad, green beans, or asparagus. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this casserole:

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Meatball Sub Casserole

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Meatball Sub Casserole – only 6 ingredients and ready in 30 minutes! French bread topped with yummy seasoned cream cheese, topped with meatballs, spaghetti sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Everyone LOVES this casserole – especially the kids!! French bread, cream cheese, Italian seasoning, frozen meatballs, spaghetti sauce, and mozzarella cheese. This is SOOO good! A fun twist to pizza night! #pizza #meatballs #frenchbread #casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-oz) loaf french bread
  • 12- oz cream cheese softened
  • tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 lb frozen meatballs, thawed
  • 1 (24-oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Slice french bread into 1-inch slices and place in a lighly greased 9×13-inch pan.
  • Mix together cream cheese and Italian seasoning. Spread over french bread.
  • Chop meatballs and sprinkle over cream cheese mixture. Pour spaghetti sauce evenly over meatballs. Top wtih mozzarellla cheese.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes, until bubbly and cheese is melted.

Notes:

  • Feel free to toast the bread slices for a crunchier casserole.
  • Can substitute Texas toast or frozen garlic bread slices for the french bread.
  • Don’t like cream cheese? Try ricotta cheese or a combination of cream cheese and ricotta.
  • I used frozen meatballs in this dish. Feel free to use homemade meatballs if you prefer.
spaghetti sauce
  • My favorite store-bought spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • Can Meatball Sub Casserole be made in advance? Yes. I would wait to add the spaghetti sauce until you were ready to bake it.  I think the bread would get too soggy otherwise.

Steph

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  1. Do YOU toast the bread first? I dont want soggy bread but I don’t want it burned either…. want to add this to next month’s menu!

  2. Was everyone else able to fit the whole 16 oz French Bread? I squished in, but I am not sure that is how it was to be done. Why not just use a bigger dish or half the amount of bread?

  3. Hi Steph- I love your recipes, especially this one! Just wondering if you have ever tried freezing this? I am considering sending it to friends that just had a baby. Thanks

  4. Hi Steph- I love your recipes and especially this one. Just wondering if you have ever tried freezing it for later? I am considering making it for friends that just had a baby. Thanks!

  5. I was wondering about the bread getting soggy. How many of you experienced this? I can't stand soggy bread, so that would be a deal breaker for me.

    1. My bread wasn't soggy – if you are concerned about it, put the bread under the broiler for a minute before assembling the casserole.

  6. I made this last night, everyone loved it! Instead of Italian Seasoning I used a little dried basil and minced garlic. Next time I think I'll toast the bread first, but it was delicious and so easy!

  7. Made this tonight and it was delicious! We had meatball subs the other night so I used the leftover hoagie rolls instead of french bread. I made it smaller (11×7) and only used 8oz cream cheese. My 4 year old who refused to eat the meatball sub the other night practically licked his plate tonight because he liked it so much! Great recipe and it will definitely be added to our monthly menu plan!

  8. My neighbor made this and brought it to our Halloween pot-luck. It was amazing! The cream cheese is the perfect addition. Delicious!

  9. Made this last night…subbed in an Italian cheese blend for mozzarella and added some chopped garlic and onion powder to the cream cheese. What an awesome dinner! Quick, filling and comforting all at the same time. Thank you!

  10. I didn't have frozen meatballs so I subbed ground beef that I browned up. I then added seasonings to it (garlic, onion, parmesan cheese, oregano, and basil) like I would if I was making meatballs. It was quick and easy.

  11. Looks fantastic!!! Love meatball sandwiches!!! This makes them so much easier and neater to eat.

  12. I just found your website yesterday, but I am obsessed, and possibly your biggest pinterest supporter 🙂 Thanks for another great looking recipe!

  13. Made me crave for meatballs. Looks delicious. Having said this can feed a lot and good for potluck, I might do this for the weekend family get together. Thanks for sharing =)
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  14. This looks yummy and I don't even like meatball subs…I'm gonna have to give this a try!!

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