Meatball Sub Casserole

Our oldest is pretty much obsessed with meatball subs and our youngest will eat just about anything with pasta sauce on it, so I knew this dish was probably going to be a hit. It was also a great way to use the rest of the baguette we had leftover from last night’s dinner.

2 tablespoons chopped green onion
2 tablespoon seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
2/3 pound lean ground beef, turkey or chicken
10-12 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Dash pepper
2/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
2 cups spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup water
1 garlic clove, minced

In a small bowl, combine the onion, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink; drain.

Meanwhile, arrange bread in a single layer in an ungreased shallow baking dish. Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning and pepper; spread over bread. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese.

In a bowl, combine the spaghetti sauce, water and garlic; add meatballs. Pour over bread. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.

Did I change anything? The original recipe was way too small and would not have fed our family of four. I changed the original recipe and the changes are reflected in the above recipe.

What did the family think? This dish was a HUGE hit! HUGE.

Where did this recipe come from? Taste of Home

photo from Taste of Home

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