Meatball Sub Casserole ((you have to see it to believe it!))

Meatball Sub Casserole ((you have to see it to believe it!))

This meal was created for two reasons:

  1. I made this for Kade’s birthday and he asked me not to “cook”… 
  2. I needed a simple, quick meal that the birthday boy would LOVE

Kade’s birthday fell on one of our family’s busiest weekdays, so our official celebration is on hold ’til the weekend. But I wanted him to feel like the special boy he is.

On a recent busy night, I made spaghetti and meatballs. The kiddos LOVED the meal. It was super fancy, intricate & healthily delicious. None of those descriptions are true. All ingredients were store bought, I modified nothing & my culinary imprint was nowhere to be found in the entire meal. ((ho hum))

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As mom reminds me often, I am feeding a pack of dogs – they aren’t “in” to truly GOOD food in every sense of the word…so I breathe in, and out  and comply with satisfying their palate every once in a while.

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In the spirit of the love my herd had for that meal, I grabbed some more of those beloved frozen meatballs and my very most favorite jarred pasta sauce ((from Braum’s)), some Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls and a very lovely vintage cheddar from Wyke Farms.

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I pre-cooked the meatballs, sliced the dinner rolls, grated the cheese and … opened the jar of pasta sauce. It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it!
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 I think this would become a ROCK STAR dinner if I had time to make and bake my own meatballs — like my Smokehouse Meatballs or my Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs… a recipe for another time! haha – Because Kade told me not to cook on his birthday.

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I waved my magic wand, wrapped it all up in foil & popped it in the oven for 20 minutes.

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The cheese and the sauce melt into the bread ever so slightly, the extra cheese oozes out in the foil bottom and turns wonderfully crunchy — oh and the outside of the rolls toasts giving this “casserole” the perfect combination of gooey and crispy-crunchiness. I was surprised at how delicious this is – and I can humbly admit ((to my children’s delight!!)) – this will be on repeat status for our family menu.

Meatball Sub Casserole
A simple and yummy twist on a meatball sub, savory, meaty, a hint of sweet all smothered in a yummy cheese that crisps on the edges.
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
7008 calories
175 g
1897 g
431 g
572 g
169 g
2634 g
4379 g
21 g
24 g
208 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2634g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 7008
Calories from Fat 3877
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 431g
663%
Saturated Fat 169g
845%
Trans Fat 24g
Polyunsaturated Fat 15g
Monounsaturated Fat 193g
Cholesterol 1897mg
632%
Sodium 4379mg
182%
Total Carbohydrates 175g
58%
Dietary Fiber 17g
69%
Sugars 21g
Protein 572g
Vitamin A
29%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
174%
Iron
344%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 24 frozen meatballs
  2. 1/2 to 3/4 c hand shredded cheese
  3. 12 dinner rolls, sliced into 2 halves ((sandwich style))
  4. 1 1/2 c jarred pasta sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cook meatballs according to package instructions.
  2. Once meatballs are cooked, add two meatballs to each roll, 2-3 T pasta sauce & a generous mound of freshly grated cheese. Repeat with all rolls until meatballs and rolls are used up. Place all sandwiches on a sheet of foil ((use a large enough piece of foil to package all of the sandwiches together)) open side facing up. Drizzle a few more T of pasta sauce over the top of the sandwiches and top with remaining cheese. Seal foil packet closed and place the packet in a 9"x13" baking dish ((for extra support)).
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until cheese has melted and sandwiches are hot through.
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calories
7008
fat
431g
protein
572g
carbs
175g
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