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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 Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 641 calories, 39 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 1,234 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 29 g 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 641 calories, 39 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 1,234 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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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"

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."

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."

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

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

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

"I have made this recipe for years, we love it. Leave out the water, use your own sauce. Use the good bread, we prefer unseeded. This used to be called meatball sub casserole, everything is better with mini meatballs. A salad or vegetable and you are all set."

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