Meatball Pizza Sandwich Casserole

Take Italian favorites--ready-made frozen meatballs, mozzarella, and prepared pizza sauce--and turn them into a fun casserole.

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  • prep time 15 min
  • total time 55 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 8
 

Ingredients

1
package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
2
cans (15 oz each) pizza sauce
1
French baguette loaf (1 lb), cut into 1-inch-thick slices
1 1/2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)
1
bag (16 oz) frozen cooked Italian meatballs (about 32 meatballs), thawed
1/2
cup chopped pepperoni (2 oz)
1/2
cup chopped red bell pepper (1/2 medium)
1/4
cup shredded fresh basil leaves

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LOCATION

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat cream cheese and pizza sauce until well blended.
  • 2 In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, spread 1 cup of sauce mixture; arrange baguette slices over sauce. Spread top of baguette slices with 1 cup sauce mixture; sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese.
  • 3 Stir meatballs and pepperoni into remaining sauce mixture; pour over cheese. Sprinkle with bell pepper and remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • 4 Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with basil.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat cream cheese and pizza sauce until well blended.
  • 2 In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, spread 1 cup of sauce mixture; arrange baguette slices over sauce. Spread top of baguette slices with 1 cup sauce mixture; sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese.
  • 3 Stir meatballs and pepperoni into remaining sauce mixture; pour over cheese. Sprinkle with bell pepper and remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • 4 Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with basil.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Add favorite pizza toppings--mushrooms, olives, cooked Italian sausage or bacon--to this recipe along with the bell pepper.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1/8 of Recipe
Calories
525
(
Calories from Fat
245),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
27g
27%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
),
Cholesterol
90mg
90%;
Sodium
1410mg
1410%;
Total Carbohydrate
44g
44%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
26g
26%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
32%;
Calcium
28%;
Iron
24%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.