Baked Simple Meatball Stroganoff Recipe
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Baked Simple Meatball Stroganoff Recipe

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If you like meatball subs, you'll love this tangy casserole—it has all the rich flavor of the popular sandwiches with none of the mess. Italian bread is spread with a cream cheese mixture, then topped with meatballs, spaghetti sauce and cheese. Served with a green salad, it's a hearty meal the whole family enjoys. —Gina Harris, Seneca, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) Italian bread, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 641 calories, 39g fat (15g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 1234mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the onions, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, arrange bread in a single layer in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish (all of the bread might not be used). Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning and pepper; spread over the bread. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella.
  3. Combine the spaghetti 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. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Meatball Sub Casserole in Quick Cooking March/April 1999, p27

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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MY REVIEW User ID: 1665956 247372
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2016

"This was pretty good, with the changes I made. I toasted the bread, but it was still kinda mushy, so I'll toast both sides next time in my toaster oven. I also used only 1/2 of the cream cheese, and had plenty left over. My husband tasted it out of the bowl, and requested a salad so that he could have some of the cream cheese mix on it! LOL! In this size pan, I was only able to put in about 7 slices, so you really can use some left over Italian bread. I also made my own meatball recipe. Tried and true around here! And the 4 1/2 cups sauce is really only about 1 jar of sauce. Again, you can pick out your favorite flavors to make it your own. And, I also didn't use the water."

brknhrt User ID: 1176531 240750
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"The taste of this dish is good, but the consistency is terrible. The bread turns into a mushy mess. If I ever tried this again (which I probably won't) I would leave out the cup of water."

nekowaif User ID: 6996509 225985
Reviewed May. 6, 2015

"This was really very good. I used premade frozen turkey meatballs and a homemade sourdough loaf that was past its prime. Did not use as much water as recommended. Will definitely make again!"

mbaulch User ID: 7600486 224098
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2015

"YUM!! I will make this again BUT instead of cutting the bread in slices I will cube them. It'll be easier to serve."

mancoo User ID: 8304805 223404
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"Very tasty, my family loves it..."

conrodes User ID: 1666851 222697
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"I made this exactly as written for our youth group and they loved it. One tip to keep the bread from getting soggy is to make sure it is completely covered with the mayonnaise/cream cheese mixture so none of the sauce gets to the bread. The bread turns out kind of crispy on the bottom and not soggy at all."

961leader User ID: 2930663 19943
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"Runny, flavor highly dependent on sauce, bread turned to mush, and not very visually appealing once served. Name of the dish is not accurate and did not taste anything like a meatball sub (which is one of my favorite sandwiches). Not worth the calories, time, or money spent. Will NOT be making again"

beaharris500 User ID: 7160518 25388
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"I had leftover spaghetti and meatballs (frozen pre-cooked) and I knew my husband wouldn't want that again. So I used the leftover garlic bread as the base. I used those meatballs and the balance of the spaghetti sauce, adding another bottle of sauce. Since the meatballs didn't have onions in them, I added onion powder in the sauce. We really enjoyed this because it seemed like a totally different dish. Would make again."

FarmGal64 User ID: 6935009 69253
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"This is not Stroganoff at all. This is Italian and Stroganoff is Russian, made with mushrooms, beef, sour cream and cream of mushroom soup, as well as onions. This sounds like a meatball sub casserole."

kimb0 User ID: 7108367 32459
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"The meatballs were really dry and not very good--overall, just not something we liked at all!"

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