Monday, September 30, 2013

Italian Meatball Sub Casserole

Italian Meatball Sub Casserole

1 (16 oz.) loaf french bread
12 oz. light cream cheese, softened
1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning
1 lb frozen meatballs, thawed (or you can use homemade meatballs, see my recipe below*)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice french bread into one-inch slices, place on a cookie sheet, and broil until slightly golden.
Remove from oven and place in a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish.
Mix together cream cheese and Italian seasoning.  Spread over french bread.
Sprinkle meatballs over cream cheese mixture.  Pour spaghetti sauce evenly over meatballs.  Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake 20- 25 minutes, until bubbly and cheese is melted.

*I used frozen meatballs, because I have a two month old baby, so my cooking time is limited, but I think this would have been way better with homemade meatballs. I have a great homemade meatball recipe, so I will share it:

1.5 lbs. ground beef or chuck
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp. minced onions
1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Mix above ingredients in a large bowl with hands. Roll into small balls. Place on a baking sheet lined with foil, and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and place on paper towels to absorb any excess grease.

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