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Quick & Easy Meals Challenge - Day 4: Meatball Sub Casserole-BONUS DAY

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Welcome to Day 4 of the Quick & Easy Meals Challenge.  Today we're taking a traditional meatball sandwich and turning it into a casserole to delight! 

Meatball Sub Casserole

Ingredients:
1 loaf of Italian (or French) bread, cut into one-inch thick slices
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. mayonaise
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 lb package frozen meatballs, thawed
28 oz jar pasta sauce
1 c. water
 

Directions:
Arrange bread slices in a single layer in an ungreased 13"x9" baking pan; set aside.

In a bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise and seasonings; spread over bread slices.  Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese; set aside.

Gently mix together meatballs, spaghetti sauce and water; spoon over cheese. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 

Is this a recipe you would try?  Would your kids like it?  How often do you use pre-packaged ingredients (like meatballs or pasta sauce) in a dish you serve your family?

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by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Replies (11-20):
Jenn8604
by Gold Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 2:35 PM
This sounds really fattening. Bread and cheese is fattening. How bout a really quick really healthy hardly any calories meal?
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jessicasmom1
by Laina on Apr. 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

thanks never thought to put cream cheese in mine ...... Hmmmmm

DissieDothe
by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Is this a recipe you would try? Would your kids like it? How often do you use pre-packaged ingredients (like meatballs or pasta sauce) in a dish you serve your family?
I make meatball subs sometimes. I would make this recipe with a few changes. I would use a loaf of garlic bread - toast it up and then cut into large cubes. (or use large seasoned croutons) I would use Philly cooking creme/It cheese & herb instead of the cream cheese mixture. Cut the meatballs in half after microwaving & cooling - so they don't roll away when serving. Use traditional pasta sauce & add a packet of spaghetti sauce if needed for a richer flavor. Omit the cup of water for whatever reason it is being added ??? Sprinkle with chopped green onion if desired. Cover with moz cheeze - bake 350 for 25 min. until heated through & melted. Serve with whole green beans so all looks pretty.

I buy a lot of pre-packaged products. The frozen meatballs are well made and not at all greasy. There are a lot of varieties to choose as well as size. I buy pasta sauce and it is not marinara sauce. Tomato Bruschetta slightly blended in the food processor is like traditional marinara sauce. I like buying tomato bruschetta for dipping.  

Share your favorite casserole recipe in the replies below!
I made a Corndog Casserole recently - economical & tasty.
Preheat Oven 400F. Bake 35 min.
1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
2 cups celery (sliced thin)
2 tbsp butter or stick margarine (melted)
1 1/2 cups green onion (chopped)
16 hotdog wieners (1/4 cut length & each cut in thirds - large match stick style)
2 eggs (slightly beaten)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tsp ground sage
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 pkg cornbread mix (not the sweet kind but like Martha White Cotton Country)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Mix all ingredients together and put in a lightly greased 9x13 baking pan. Bake 35 min and top is golden brown. (when halfing the recipe use an 8x8 baking pan.)

Mommyto2LilMen
by Tina on Apr. 18, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Sounds delicous!!!

brieri
by Platinum Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 3:08 PM

 I do not like store bought meatballs too much added salt. This recipe doesn't look like a low calorie meal for it to be all that healthy.

Cafe AmyS
by Head Admin on Apr. 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM
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Well, it's not a low cal meal, that's for sure (another reason to cut the cheese in half).

Tomorrow we'll have a healthier choice for you. ;)

Quoting Jenn8604:

This sounds really fattening. Bread and cheese is fattening. How bout a really quick really healthy hardly any calories meal?


Cafe AmyS
by Head Admin on Apr. 18, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Good ideas!  I like the idea of using garlic bread or croutons too.  :)

Quoting DissieDothe:

Is this a recipe you would try? Would your kids like it? How often do you use pre-packaged ingredients (like meatballs or pasta sauce) in a dish you serve your family?
I make meatball subs sometimes. I would make this recipe with a few changes. I would use a loaf of garlic bread - toast it up and then cut into large cubes. (or use large seasoned croutons) I would use Philly cooking creme/It cheese & herb instead of the cream cheese mixture. Cut the meatballs in half after microwaving & cooling - so they don't roll away when serving. Use traditional pasta sauce & add a packet of spaghetti sauce if needed for a richer flavor. Omit the cup of water for whatever reason it is being added ??? Sprinkle with chopped green onion if desired. Cover with moz cheeze - bake 350 for 25 min. until heated through & melted. Serve with whole green beans so all looks pretty.

I buy a lot of pre-packaged products. The frozen meatballs are well made and not at all greasy. There are a lot of varieties to choose as well as size. I buy pasta sauce and it is not marinara sauce. Tomato Bruschetta slightly blended in the food processor is like traditional marinara sauce. I like buying tomato bruschetta for dipping.  

Share your favorite casserole recipe in the replies below!
I made a Corndog Casserole recently - economical & tasty.
Preheat Oven 400F. Bake 35 min.
1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
2 cups celery (sliced thin)
2 tbsp butter or stick margarine (melted)
1 1/2 cups green onion (chopped)
16 hotdog wieners (1/4 cut length & each cut in thirds - large match stick style)
2 eggs (slightly beaten)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tsp ground sage
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 pkg cornbread mix (not the sweet kind but like Martha White Cotton Country)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Mix all ingredients together and put in a lightly greased 9x13 baking pan. Bake 35 min and top is golden brown. (when halfing the recipe use an 8x8 baking pan.)


lydi
by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM
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 Ricotta is a great idea. Thanks.  I am definitely making this next time I go shopping.

Quoting Cafe AmyS:

Maybe ricotta or cottage cheese.  I don't think sour cream would give it the same taste.

Or maybe just skip that part and use extra mozzarella instead?

Quoting lydi:

 What can I use instaed of cream cheese?  Sour cream maybe?


 

mom2amari
by New Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I would try this but I don't think my son would eat it (he's not a fan of meat).  I always use pre-made meatballs and pasta sauce.  It's just easier than trying different recipes until I perfect one of my own :)

Meg2011425
by Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM
Sounds good!
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