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Italian Meatball Buns Recipe

Italian Meatball Buns Recipe

These soft little rolls come with a surprise inside—savory Italian meatballs. They're wonderful dipped in marinara sauce, making them fun for my grandkids and adults, too. I love how easy they are to put together. —Trina Linder-Mobley, Clover, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 12 frozen bread dough dinner rolls
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1-1/2 cups marinara sauce, warmed


  • 1. Let dough stand at room temperature 25-30 minutes or until softened.
  • 2. Cut each roll in half. Wrap each portion around a meatball, enclosing meatball completely; pinch dough firmly to seal. Place on greased baking sheets, seam side down. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake buns 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush tops with oil; sprinkle with cheese and basil. Serve with marinara sauce. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 bun with 1 tablespoon sauce equals 112 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 248 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.