Monday, February 22, 2016

Meatball Sub Bubble-Up Bake

 People always ask me "Do you have any new recipes?" and I always respond with "Absolutely! what exactly are you looking for?" Most often, they'll say they want something that "is easy to make during the work week", or "only needs a few ingredients", or "will feed a crowd", or "doesn't dirty a lot of dishes." Most times, when I'm looking for a recipe, I want something delicious and hearty and comforting. This recipe is all of the above! And it's so easy, anyone can make it!
 It's a Pillsbury recipe, but I first saw it on Facebook. I can't remember who posted or shared it, but it was one of those recipe videos that are always bouncing around social media. (To be honest, sometimes I look at those videos and think "yeah, I'll probably never make that." But this was definitely NOT one of those times!)  I made it for Chris and Claire and it was an immediate hit! For some reason, they never seem to mind when I show up at their door with a casserole. LOL
 It always seems to hit the spot, especially during the colder months of the year when you want something warm and satisfying. Hope you give it a try! I know you'll love it!

1 can Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
1 bag frozen meatballs
2 cups marinara sauce (your favorite store bought or your own)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, (optional)

Cut the uncooked biscuits into 8ths. Place into greased 9x13 dish.
Cover with sauce, start with 1½ cups, add more if you think it needs a little extra.
Place the meatballs on top of the biscuits.
Sprinkle with the cheese.
Bake at 375 for about 30-40 minutes.
Before serving, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired.

The original recipe as posted on includes a sauteed green bell pepper. I didn't include it, but you do you! Add whatever you like! Sauteed peppers, onions, mushrooms, all good! 
If you don't care about having to wash another bowl, you can stir all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, and then pour it into a greased baking dish before topping it with the mozzarella. I think it's a little easier to mix everything in a big bowl rather than in the casserole dish. Just sayin!
When you bake the casserole, be sure that the biscuits in the center are done before you remove it from the oven. When I made it, the ones on the outside were fine, but the center ones were a little underdone. Just be sure to check that.

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