Jan 25 2013

Meatball Sandwich Casserole

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When I was 16 I cooked in a restaurant where I made these meatball sandwiches that every now and again, still all these years later, I get a hankerin for.  Now back then they were made with frozen meatballs, but they were really good frozen meatballs. I remember trying to make some at home once for my family for dinner. Welp, that didn’t work out so well, needless to say my Mom’s stoneware plates weren’t meant to be in a 400° oven, oops. I cracked 2 of her plates and I wasn’t asked to cook dinner again for a while. That is how this casserole was born.  I could get all the same tastes, just in casserole form.  I hope you enjoy this dish that each time I eat it I am taken back to that 16 year old kid.Meatball Sandwich Casserole

Meatball Sandwich Casserole

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 Servings


  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 24 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) Italian bread, cut into 1 inch slices
  • olive oil to drizzle over meatballs


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. In a large bowl combine garlic salt, black pepper, minced garlic, Parmesan cheese and eggs.
  3. Crumble the ground beef over mixture and mix until just combined.
  4. Roll into 1½"-2" balls (about the size of a golf ball) and place onto a 12" x 18"x 1" baking sheet.
  5. Drizzle the meatballs with olive oil, rolling around to make sure they are completely coated.
  6. Place baking sheet into the oven to bake turning meatballs over after 15 minutes to brown the other side.
  7. Return to oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until no longer pink inside.
  8. Lower oven temperature to 350° F.
  9. While meatballs cool slightly, arrange sliced bread in a single layer in an ungreased 9" x 13" baking dish.
  10. Cover bread slices with 1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese.
  11. Slice meatballs in ½ and layer over mozzarella cheese.
  12. Top meatballs with your favorite spaghetti sauce.
  13. Sprinkle with remaining 2½ cups of mozzarella cheese.
  14. Return casserole to the oven and bake uncovered at 350° F for 30-45 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted and bubbly.
  15. Enjoy!






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  1. BabyBull

    I tried this recipe and my family loved it, thanks LSH

    1. lynnssouthernheart

      Thanks BabyBull, I am glad your family enjoyed it!

  2. Anita

    Hi Lynn, your casserole sounds yummy, I love lots of mozzarella! I found your blog after you liked my FB page, thanks! I love your cute blog header!

    1. lynnssouthernheart

      Hi Anita, thank you so much, I also love lots of mozzarella cheese! I found your blog and FB page while browsing through blogs, Pinterest and FB pages today. Congratulations on your second blog, it looks great too! How did you come up with the cute title of Aunt Nubby’s Kitchen?

  3. Shell

    I made this for dinner the other night and it was fantastic! Talk about yummy cheesy goodness! My 16 year old son and husband both told me to add this into my SPECIAL recipe binder (only our very favorite recipes that I have made over and over are allowed to go in this binder). In order to get dinner on the table quicker during the week I try to do some of the prepping or cooking over the weekend. I made the meatballs on Sunday (I love baking them as the recipe calls for because it saves me some time and it’s a little healthier too). Then when I got home on Monday I was able to have the casserole assembled and into the oven in about 15 minutes. This is how I remember a meatball sub tasting. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with all of us, I know I will be making it often! Looking forward to making more of your recipes!

    1. lynnssouthernheart

      Thanks so much Shell. I am so glad y’all enjoyed it and am beyond honored to have made it into your SPECIAL recipe binder! Thank you for the great tip of making the meatballs a day ahead to make it an even speedier weeknight meal. I hope you enjoy some of my other recipes and if there is something special you would like to see, please let me know and I will see what I can do! Again, thank you so much for your kind words!

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