Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Temp My Tummy Spinach Meatball Sub Casserole

I've been waiting for just the right time to try the Spinach Meatballs over at My Muffin Thursdays. I was afraid that my husband and kids would spot the green intruder a mile away. Then I found a recipe for a meatball sub casserole in our preschool's cookbook. We all love meatball subs and casseroles can mask just about anything.....so I did the great experiment. The result? Everyone liked the meatballs. The girls didn't like the bread part. I loved the meatballs and ate it for lunch each day until it was gone. So good!

First, the meatballs. I thought it sounded like A LOT of spices, but it worked well. I made the meatballs pretty big...it might have been easier if I had made them a but smaller.

Mom's Spinach Meatballs

1lb ground beef
1 (10oz) pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/4c grated Parmesan cheese
2 large white mushrooms, quartered (I used canned - that's all I had)
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1tsp pepper
1/2tsp salt
2 eggs

Directions:In a food processor, combine spinach, Parmesan, mushrooms, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, pepper, and salt. Process till well combined. Add eggs one at a time and process till well combined. Transfer to a large bowl. Combine with beef (I find this works best with one's hands). Mix well.

Shape into 1 1/2" balls. I got about 30 out of my batch. Place meatballs on a baking sheet lined with foil and/or sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees about 15 minutes, or till meat is no longer pink.

Then the casserole. Obviously, I skip the meatball part. I included it all in case you are not ready to jump in with the spinach and mushrooms. It will be good with regular ones. I also didn't use all of the water it called for. I used a little to rinse the rest of the sauce out of the jar (maybe 1/3 cup).
Meatball Sub Casserole

1/3 cup chopped green onion, to taste
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb ground beef
1 loaf Italian bread, cut into 1 inch slices
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise (not low-fat or lite)
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 cup water
2 garlic cloves, minced
Preheat oven to 400.

In a bowl, combine onions, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
Add beef and mix well.
shape into 1-inch balls; place on a rack.
In a shall baking pan, bake for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink. (Or cook in a skillet on medium heat.).
Reduce oven temperature to 350.
Meanwhile, arrange bread in a single layer in an ungreased 13x9x2" baking dish.
(All of the bread might not be used.).
Combine cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning and pepper; spread over the bread.
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella.
Combine sauce, water and garlic; add meatballs.
Pour over cheese mixture; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
Bake, uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through.


  1. Hi,
    Your blog is so nice, thank you for sharing, looks delicious, cant wait to try. Have a very blessed day !

  2. YUMMY!!!!!!!! I will definitely make this during the weekend!!!

  3. This looks fantastic - I will definitely have to try this. I love meatball subs!

    You are right - the chips would need to be mixed into the batter. Nothing is worse than burnt chocolate :(

    I saw on your profile you were in 4-H -- me too! :)

  4. That sounds wonderful. Hugs, Jen

  5. Wow, that picture is wonderful. I could dive into those meatballs and cheesy goodness! Thank you for sharing your recipe and linking up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

  6. Oh. My. I am drooling!! That looks SO good! I just copied/pasted and will be adding this one to my recipe files! Oh. My. :)

  7. Holy guacamole batman, that sounds absolutely sinful and delicious! I can't wait to make this.

  8. Wow, that looks amazing. Wish I could make it today!

  9. This looks so good! how much longer must I wait for technology to catch up with my desires....sitting here waiting...hungry...the food is still not appearing on my side of the monitor...I'll give it a few more minutes : )