Meatball Sub Cupcakes

Meatball Sub Cupcakes – Great for lunch, dinner or a party! All the flavors of a meatball sub in individual servings. Cream cheese, frozen meatballs, marinara, and mozzarella stuffed in crescent rolls and baked in a muffin pan – SO good!! Ready to eat in under 30 minutes! Can freeze leftovers for a quick meal later. #meatball #crescentrolls #appetizer #partyfood #easydinner

Meatball Sub Cupcakes - cream cheese, frozen meatballs, marinara and mozzarella stuffed in crescent rolls and baked in a muffin pan - SO good!! Great for lunch, dinner or a party!

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Meatball Sliders with Crescent Rolls

These Meatball Sub Cupcakes were inspired by the Chicken Parmesan Cupcakes I posted a few weeks ago. I took all the flavors of my favorite Meatball Sub Casserole and put them in these individual “cupcakes”. We loved these! SO good. We ate these for dinner, but they would also be great for tailgating and parties! Just whip up some pasta or throw together a salad and you are set!

How to Make Meatball Sub Cupcakes

These savory cupcakes are super easy to make. Start with cutting crescent roll dough into 12 squares. Press the dough into a muffin pan. Spread cream cheese and Italian seasoning into the bottom of each muffin cup. Top with meatballs, spaghetti sauce, and cheese. Pop them in the oven and bake.

  • I used 1-oz frozen Italian meatballs and they were the perfect size.
  • There is no need to precook or thaw the frozen meatballs before baking. They will cook along with the crescent rolls.
  • Can substitute a can of refrigerated pizza dough for the crescent rolls.
  • My favorite jarred spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • Can freeze leftover cupcakes for a quick snack later.
Meatball Sub Cupcakes - cream cheese, frozen meatballs, marinara and mozzarella stuffed in crescent rolls and baked in a muffin pan - SO good!! Great for lunch, dinner or a party!

What to Serve with Muffin Pan Meatball Subs

These Meatball Sub Cupcakes are a favorite at our house. They are super quick and easy to make and they taste great. We usually serve these with some pasta and a salad. Here are few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with these meatballs:

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Meatball Sub Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Meatball Sub Cupcakes – Great for lunch, dinner or a party! All the flavors of a meatball sub in individual servings. Cream cheese, frozen meatballs, marinara, and mozzarella stuffed in crescent rolls and baked in a muffin pan – SO good!! Can freeze leftovers for a quick meal later. #meatball #crescentrolls #appetizer #partyfood #easydinner

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-oz) can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 4- oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 12 (1-oz) frozen meatballs
  • cup spaghetti sauce

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray 12 regular size muffin cups with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Remove dough from can; press seams to seal and press into an 8×18 inch rectangle. Cut dough into 12 squares. Press squares into muffin pan cups.
  • Combine cream cheese, Italian seasoning and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Divide the cream cheese mixture in the bottom of each muffin cup. Place meatballs on top of cheese; top each meatball with 2 tablespoons spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.

Notes:

  • I used 1-oz frozen Italian meatballs and they were the perfect size.
  • There is no need to precook or thaw the frozen meatballs before baking. They will cook along with the crescent rolls.
  • Can substitute a can of refrigerated pizza dough for the crescent rolls.
  • My favorite jarred spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • Can freeze leftover cupcakes for a quick snack later.

Steph

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  1. These are so delicious! The kids enjoyed ghem so much we made them twice this week (they helped!) Made them with reduced far crescent rolls and turkey meatballs and they were great. Do you think you could freeze these?

  2. Awesome appetizer!! We made these for New Year's Eve and they were a hit!!! We eat them for football games, dinner, etc!!! Does anyone know the nutrition numbers for this?

  3. I made this tonight as a "trial run" for an appetizer that I plan to make at an upcoming party. Since I want it to be appetizer sized, I made it in a mini muffin tin. One can of crescent rolls made 24 mini muffins. It was very good…the only change I will make for the party is to top them with Parmesan cheese instead of mozzarella. The mozzarella stuck to the pan and made the muffins stick together, making them messy. Also, I served it with warm spaghetti sauce on the side. Very good.

  4. I had a terrible time putting the crescent roll into the pans. After stretching it to an 8×10 size, it seemed the dough was too thin, and had to open another tube just to patch. See some other recipes use one triangle per cup. Will try that, because they were delicious!

  5. Loved this recipe, but 2 Tbsp. of spaghetti sauce on top was way too much. They were drowning in it. In your picture it looks like you used maybe 1/2-1 tsp. on top. My regular sized muffin tins also seemed way bigger than yours, maybe I'll try mini ones next time. Going to try them again tonight!

  6. Made these for a party this weekend and they were great. I made my own meatballs on Wednesday cooked them for 15 min and then froze them. On Thursday I made my sauce. Friday morning I put everything together and cooked them. I let them cool completely and then put them in an air tight container and into the fridge. Got to the party early and put them in the oven on 170 to warm them back up. It only took 15 minutes to get them warm not Hot. There were about 40 people at the party, I made 8 dozen mini cupcakes which were perfect size, they were all gone. These were only an appetizer a full dinner was being served. I had more request for the recipe. The adults loved them, but the teens could not stop eating them. I think next time I may try and make them and freeze them before baking them off. Then take them out of the freezer and bake them. This is a go to recipe for sure. We did spend the night and the next morning I was asked if I could make more. Crazy Good.

    1. Hi Joyce,
      Did anyone ever answer about using the meatballs frozen? I want to make them for a party in an hour, don't want to serve cold meatballs.

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