Meatball Pizza Sandwich Casserole

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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nutrition Information

    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.
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