This is an Italian casserole dish that the whole family will enjoy. It has a creamy and cheesy filling that will have the kids, and everyone else, asking for more.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Mix ground beef, green onion, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese together in a bowl; form into 1-inch meatballs. Arrange meatballs in a baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

  • Arrange bread slices in a single layer in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning, and pepper in a bowl; spread over bread slices. Sprinkle 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese over the cream cheese mixture.

  • Combine spaghetti sauce, water, and garlic in a bowl; add meatballs. Pour spaghetti sauce mixture over bread. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese over casserole.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

452 calories; protein 19.4g 39% DV; carbohydrates 42.6g 14% DV; fat 22.4g 35% DV; cholesterol 61mg 20% DV; sodium 922.3mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (19)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2015
This was great. The first time around I made it as is (4 stars.) The second time I changed the following 3 things: I omitted the water completely swapped the mayo out for ricotta cheese and toasted the bread in the baking dish before topping it with the cheese/sauce. The bread was still soft but not overly mushy. Everyone cleaned their plates and wanted more! Read More
(10)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/27/2017
I made this casserole last night for dinner with a bunch of meatballs I had left over from Spaghetti and Meatballs (Meatball Nirvana also from this site) with a few changes made as recommended by many other reviewers. First I used my own meatballs; second I bought a loaf of french garlic bread and toasted it on both sides so as to avoid the reported sogginess (to the point of being more like croutons); Third I eliminated the water all together; Fourth I used Fresh Mozzarella cheese (not packed in any liquid but just fresh) and last change I made was to use Ricotta cheese instead of the Mayo. I baked the casserole until the cheese was melted and bubbly. The smell and taste was fabulous HOWEVER the bread although toasted very well was soupy. Because of this the meal was just unappetizing. Although the taste was very good the soggy bread ruined the entire casserole. My husband did go back for seconds however he just scraped off the top of the casserole taking just the meatballs and cheese. The Ricotta cheese instead of the Mayo was an outstanding recommendation. Thanks for the recommendation. Read More
20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2015
This was great. The first time around I made it as is (4 stars.) The second time I changed the following 3 things: I omitted the water completely swapped the mayo out for ricotta cheese and toasted the bread in the baking dish before topping it with the cheese/sauce. The bread was still soft but not overly mushy. Everyone cleaned their plates and wanted more! Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2014
I made exactly according to recipe. I enjoyed that there weren't any "cream of" soups in this. The recipe does need a little work. The bread on the bottom came out very soggy making for an unappealing texture. Otherwise the flavor is great and the meatballs are perfect. Next time i will probably toast the bread while assembling the other layers. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2015
Try it this way--toast the bread, top with cream cheese mixture, mozzarella, meatballs heated with sauce, and remaining mozzarella. Broil till melted and bubbly. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2014
How can review a recipe you have never tried are you professional chef actually try the recipe before you review it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2016
Delicious but incredibly rich. Next time I will probably swap cooked pasta for the bread. Thanks! Read More
(2)
Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2016
Made it but wife didn't care for the taste of the mayo . I added a pack of Italian dressing seasoning to the meatballs and did a half pork sausage, half ground sirloin mix. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2018
This was a huge hit with the fam!!! So good. I used the pre made fresh meatballs from the meat dept at the grocery but rerolled them smaller so they'd be closer to 1 inch like the recipe says. Followed everything else exactly. Super easy and delicious! Great meal to bring to others. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2017
Good but rich Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2018
Everyone loved it and asked for again.. just as good the second time and the family had me add it to the recurring meal for the week. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/27/2017
I made this casserole last night for dinner with a bunch of meatballs I had left over from Spaghetti and Meatballs (Meatball Nirvana also from this site) with a few changes made as recommended by many other reviewers. First I used my own meatballs; second I bought a loaf of french garlic bread and toasted it on both sides so as to avoid the reported sogginess (to the point of being more like croutons); Third I eliminated the water all together; Fourth I used Fresh Mozzarella cheese (not packed in any liquid but just fresh) and last change I made was to use Ricotta cheese instead of the Mayo. I baked the casserole until the cheese was melted and bubbly. The smell and taste was fabulous HOWEVER the bread although toasted very well was soupy. Because of this the meal was just unappetizing. Although the taste was very good the soggy bread ruined the entire casserole. My husband did go back for seconds however he just scraped off the top of the casserole taking just the meatballs and cheese. The Ricotta cheese instead of the Mayo was an outstanding recommendation. Thanks for the recommendation. Read More