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Meatball Sub-Bake

 

As much as I love the convenience of one dish meals, the traditional casserole is just not my style.  When I first looked into freezer cooking, I was afraid our family’s dinnertime would be bland and boring.  I’ve since learned: that is nowhere near the case.  This Meatball Sub-Bake in particular is further proof you can freeze almost anything ahead of time.  Feel free to add in additional toppings that you would enjoy on your Meatball Sub.

Meatball Sub-Bake

Author/Source:

Katie @ onceamonthmeals.com

Ingredients:

  • 0.5 loaf french bread, sliced into 1 inch slices
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 0.75 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 0.5 pound frozen meatballs, thawed and halved
  • 13 ounces spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup shredded italian cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375.  Place french bread slices on the bottom of a 8×8 baking pan.  In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese and italian seasoning.  Spread cream cheese mixture over the top of each bread slice.  Place meatball halves on top of the cream cheese and bread.  Cover with spaghetti sauce and shredded cheese.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese begins to brown.

Freezing Directions:

Follow assembly directions above but do not top with spaghetti sauce or shredded cheese.  Cover baking pan tightly with foil, label and freeze.  If desired, you can freeze the shredded cheese in a quart freezer bag to keep fresh until serving day.  To serve: thaw in fridge.  Right before baking, add spaghetti sauce and cheese over the top of the meatballs.  Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes until cheese  begins to brown.

Servings: 4

 

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

 

3 Responses to “Meatball Sub-Bake”

  1. Cherub Mamma says:

    I make a version of this with a little mayo and parmesan cheese mixed in with the cream cheese. I do go ahead and put the sauce and mozzarella cheese on top before freezing. It’s one of my favorites!!

  2. Patrick Del Rosario says:

    I will try this recipe, it can save time and even no need for me to rush if I will go home late at night or if I have visitors coming, just grab it in the freezer.

  3. laurie says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was awesome! I ended up with extra cream cheese (probably could have done with just 4 oz.) and I cut my bread slices in half again to make them fit better in the pan.
    my picky hubby loved it – said he was unsure of it when he saw me make it, but that the cream cheese “made the dish.” my dad claimed it was his favorite!
    I made another and froze it, so we will be looking forward to enjoying this meal again! thanks!

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