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Meatball Sandwich Slices

 Meatball Sandwich Slices
These sandwiches are ideal for everything from hurried family dinners to movie nights with friends. Three types of cheese give each slice a savory lasagna flavor, while frozen meatballs and jarred spaghetti sauce keep preparation simple.
6-8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 unsliced loaf (1 pound) Italian bread
  • 12 frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs (1/2 ounce each) , thawed
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • Pickled pepper rings, optional

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, ricotta, Parmesan,
  • Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper; set aside. Cut
  • loaf of bread in half lengthwise. Cut a 2-in.-wide strip down the
  • center of each half to within an inch of the bottom of the bread.
  • Remove cut portion and save for another use. If desired, toast bread
  • under the broiler until lightly browned.
  • Spread the cut side of bread with cheese mixture. Place six meatballs
  • in each half; top with spaghetti sauce. Place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle
  • with remaining mozzarella cheese. Cut into slices; top with pepper
  • rings if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 333 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 766 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 17 g protein.