Cheesy Italian Meatball Pockets


This copycat stuffed pocket recipe is filled with Italian meatballs coated in marinara sauce and topped with a blend of Italian cheeses and encased in crescent dough.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 servings
Cheesy Italian Meatball Pockets


  • 1 cup marinara sauce, warmed

  • 6 frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs, thawed and halved

  • 1 (8 ounce) package crescent dough sheet (such as Pillsbury®)

  • 6 tablespoons finely shredded Italian-style cheese

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place marinara sauce in a medium bowl and add meatballs halves; toss to coat in the sauce.

  3. Remove crescent dough sheet from the can and place on a lightly floured surface. Shape the dough into a well defined rectangle and cut into 4 equal rectangles.

  4. Place 6 meatball halves cut-side down onto one of the rectangles, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Spoon a bit of the sauce over the meatballs and top with 3 tablespoons Italian cheese. Repeat with another rectangle.

  5. Brush the border of each rectangle with beaten egg. Cover fillings with remaining rectangles, pinching edges with your fingers and straightening them as you go. Crimp the edges with a fork. Transfer both pockets to the baking sheet using a spatula. Brush with some beaten egg and sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Serve with remaining marinara sauce for dipping.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

850 Calories
47g Fat
68g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 850
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 47g 61%
Saturated Fat 16g 79%
Cholesterol 184mg 61%
Sodium 1753mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 269mg 21%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 678mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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