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Baked Simple Meatball Stroganoff Recipe

Baked Simple Meatball Stroganoff Recipe

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. YIELD: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 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  • 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° until no longer pink, 15-20 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, arrange bread in a single layer in an ungreased 13x9-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° until heated through, 30 minutes. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

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

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[email protected] 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!"

kredhead User ID: 710648 49556
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."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 25387
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"Yet another recipe I've had tucked away in RB. Will make using 13x9x2 pan, There ought to be plenty leftovers for these two empty nesters!"

Tipsymcstagger User ID: 7467398 71661
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"I love the simplicity and the comfort food taste of this simple little ditty! Even my Mother In Law liked it!!! (See!!! Miracles dooooo happen every day!!)"

eddyeornot User ID: 3601580 69250
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"have made this twice both times it was yummy. I did omit water and halved recipe then froze one half and baked the other for dinner. My son now has his girlfriend making this."

DebraR User ID: 7153601 25331
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"This is a great recipe and very easy to make!"

bob hall User ID: 4494767 25327
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"As written this recipe may be a bit bland, but the base of the recipe is quite good. I Read most of the reviews and adjusted to personal taste: Cooking is both art and science. As a science, the kitchen becomes a laboratory, the setting for discoveries that work so well they become classics, or fail so abysmally that they are lessons in what to not do. As in science, food becomes cuisine. Cooks learn to add a 'pinch' of a favorite spice to enhance flavor. Scientists maintain the rigor of exactitude. Cooks weigh and measure to produce a finished result that is consistent. AND THEN THE FUN BEGINS. *ALWAYS READ THE RECIPE IN FULL BEFORE YOU START, then read the reviews. I give you 4 Stars! FOR the recipe: And Will GIVE 7 Stars to the reviews. "ALWAYS READ THE RECIPE IN FULL BEFORE YOU START". THANK YOU!! I can do the happy food dance!! NOW !! I can't leave anything alone! THANK YOU!! 8 Stars."

AMWmomofsix User ID: 4493382 203030
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"We love this recipe! My kids ask for it all the time. I have never had an issue with the bread being soggy. It is pretty quick to throw together."

ATMBabeez User ID: 3738609 71660
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012

"Adjusted recipe as suggested to avoid soggy bread, still happened. None of my family of four liked the taste, two year old spit it back out, yelled yucky and wiped his tongue with a napkin, the rest of us wished we could get away with such table manners. The cream cheese/mayo was the part noone liked."

JeffLaura2001 User ID: 5606486 25325
Reviewed May. 27, 2012

"I use Costco meatballs to make the recipe that much quicker to make. The water makes the bread soft and easier to eat, but not soggy. Made this for 2 friends to bring their families dinner and they both enjoyed. My family really likes it too. Very easy and great leftovers!"

jn53146 User ID: 5126393 25369
Reviewed May. 4, 2012

"I've loved this recipe since it first appeared as the top prize winner in the quick Cooking issue in 1999. Not sure why they would change the name (or when)...... Did a search and couldn't find the "Meatball Sub casserole", but this one came up and I decided to look at it. It looks like the same recipe. I have always added the water, with no problems. I do use a crustier loaf of french bread. Great leftovers!"

cooking919 User ID: 6483918 69249
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"Absolutely delicious!"

Aseleener User ID: 4375342 85600
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"While the name is deceiving and should be changed, this recipe is wonderful. I used one of those seamless crescent dough sheets instead of the bread and it was perfect. Like other reviewers suggested, I omitted the water and only used 2 cups of sauce. My family loved it and I will definitely be making it again."

Aseleener User ID: 4375342 70519
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012


hoocha User ID: 1711986 51534
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"I baked this in a roasting pan so I could use the whole loaf of bread, I did add some extra cheese and I baked it for about 45 minutes. The increased bake time makes all the difference, the bread was crsipy and just delicious!"

julieyoung User ID: 2879995 52562
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"I should have read the reviews first and omitted the water and cut the sauce way down. We liked the flavors, but the soggy bread was yucky."

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 32458
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"I was impressed with the meatballs I will use the meatball recipe in my pastas however, I agree with one comment that it may be better as a pasta. The bread is WAY too soggy for my liking. I do not care for soggy bread as is. The flavors are GREAT, but the water and the amount of sauce kills it. I am still trying to understand why to use the water... what the purpose of that is. If I make this as a casserole again I will definitely leave out the water and probably only use one jar of sauce. The idea is great... Just not carried out well. I LOVE those meatballs though! That is the best part!"

jlukens1 User ID: 3028013 49555
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011


rachellephipps User ID: 5210300 85596
Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"Definitely leave out the water, and use half the cream cheese and mayo, and you'll be good. I also use my own homemade spaghetti sauce..."

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 70517
Reviewed May. 16, 2011

"This was a great recipe. The whole family loved it, we were able to make healthier substitutions (reduced fat cream cheese, heart healthy mayo substitute, wheat italian bread) and it was still great. The bread was a bit soggy as other reviewers said, but it really wasn't too bad. The cream cheese/mayo spread gives this recipe a nice tang. We also used montery jack instead of mozarella (my husband grabbed the wrong cheese at the grocery store!) and it still tasted very good. A keeper!"

Renette89 User ID: 4631835 85594
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"Way to much Mayonnaise. Good but the balance of flavors was not level."

rosannetut User ID: 1208109 203029
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"I should have listened to the other reviews. The bread was so soggy, I even used a ciabatta bread, way too much sauce and the cream cheese/mayo mixture was a bit odd. Don't waste your time."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 32740
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"I had some leftover meatballs so decided to make this casserole. I left out the mayo and water and used my home made sauce. This was a huge hit, kids loved since it resembled pizza. The bread was soft, I wouldn't say soggy though, but maybe this was because I left out the water."

Ashaline User ID: 1186991 25367
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"This is really good. You just need to use a little bit less of the sauce than it calls for, or it seems like too much."

dkaren User ID: 4531521 69204
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"Based on the "soggy bread" comments by others, I should have known better than to waste ingredients on this recipe. In order to avoid the soggyness, I bought a nice, crusty Italian bread and toasted each side in the oven prior to spreading on the cheese mixture. The bread still got soggy:( Also the mayo/cream cheese was quite overpowering and to be honest, very strange in this dish."

sarah651 User ID: 3719061 32739
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"bread was very mushy.. I would not add the water, and maybe use something different than the fresh bread."

amyrcook80 User ID: 786287 51532
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"My bread got way to soggy! Not good for leftovers either."

[email protected] User ID: 2536951 203028
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"This is WONDERFUL!!! I've been making this for years and for company as well as family. Everyone loves it!"

Jenbobkay User ID: 1163359 203027
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"I've had this recipe for years from of the best casseroles's a T-N-T recipe for sure."

karlsmom2 User ID: 4802905 19940
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"Pretty tasty, but not something I would care to make again. If I did, I would use 4 oz cream cheese, 8 oz made it too rich. Kids liked it."

JennardWI User ID: 1141327 71658
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"This has become one of our favorite dishes! The bread doesn't get at all soggy. I used whole wheat french bread from a local natural foods bakery that I had frozen and defrosted before using. I was also nervous about adding the water, but the leftovers wouldn't have been as yummy if I hadn't added it, as the sauce still thickened up quite a bit. The bread still wasn't soggy or mushy with leftovers! Definitely worth the work!"

fourweeds User ID: 5628083 52561
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"Was so delicious! Got rave reviews from the kids and husband! I substituted the Italian bread for fresh garlic bread from my local grocery store. I only used half the recommended mayo since the garlic grad had butter on it."

shelc User ID: 1749018 203026
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"I have made this recipe a couple of times and LOVE it!! I do use the Italian bread, but I cut it into cubes. It makes it easier to dish out."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 49553
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"I'd like to give this 3.5 stars. it had good flavor but the bread was mushy. Maybe make this with pasta instead of bread??"

treeves76 User ID: 478967 24082
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

"One thing that helps,dont use the water. And toast your bread first. I did cheat, I used frozen meatballs. Everyone loved them. Will make again and make the meatballs the next time."

butterflied6 User ID: 5428581 32457
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

"4 out of 5 of my kids loved it! The mayo was a little different, my kids say this receipe can sty!"

clumbatt User ID: 4429302 70516
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2010

"I made this recipe and my family loved it. I read the reviews that talked about the bread being so soggy so I didn't put much water with the sauce. Just rinsed out the can and it wasn't soggy and everyone really liked this recipe. Would definitely make it again."

lauramarielawson User ID: 5246360 28749
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"One of my all time favorites! I always cook the meatballs on the stove because I think it's easier. Love everything about this dish!"

pamboettcher User ID: 2369551 28701
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2010

"I made this for an Italian night supper with friends and it received awesome reviews. However, I did not add the water and would suggest you use spaghetti sauce in place of the water. I could see how the water would make it very soggy, but the sauce worked great. I would definitely make it again."

balltongueblue User ID: 2047344 203025
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2010

"This is one of my family's favorte recipes. My 5 y/o nephew asked me for the recipe so he could give it to his mom. He really loved it. We've got it baking in the oven right now. Yumm-o!"

[email protected] User ID: 2145247 52560
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"I really wanted to like this---honest! The meatballs are quite tasty and I liked the creamed cheese layer flavor. The bread part didn't do it for me. Much, much too soupy with all that sauce, IMHO. If it were to bake up like a bread pudding it might work---or maybe if the bread was toasted first??? UGH What wasn't gooey stuck to the the dish. Like one commenter said "it didn't look like the picture" and I hoped it would. I'll probably play with parts of it."

lbritwahl User ID: 4684631 85592
Reviewed May. 4, 2010

"This was pretty good - but if I were to make it again, I would use day-old bread. It was REALLY sloppy and not like the photo"

ndcusick User ID: 4315369 25350
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2010

"Nothing special...I'd rather just make meatball subs. My teenage boys did like the cream cheese mixture on the bread but otherwise it's just easier to make the sub sandwiches."

wiscook User ID: 1143528 70515
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"can't believe this is under quick cooking, takes more than 1 hour and creates a lot of dishes, but well worth it. Day old bread works the best cut into 1 1/2 in cubes. The cream cheese layer is meant to stop the sogginess I would think."

jr1849 User ID: 2353762 70514
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"I made this for dinner last night and it was TERRIBLE! bread was soggy and pasty and stuck to the ungreased bottom of my casserole dish. My family thought it was a horrible waste of good meatballs and cheese. I threw the recipe away as I will never make it again!"

mlsears User ID: 4877714 19939
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"This was one of the worst recipes I have ever made. The bread got super gummy to the point my husband said it was like eating a jelly fish! I will never make again!"

tanyawi User ID: 1848925 49488
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"I had some homemade meatballs in the freezer so I used those, but this is a REALLY Good Recipe"

cher5873 User ID: 1475067 71655
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2010

"wanted to make this but was 2 large for 2 people so invited family over and it was a big hit Only had one little piece left over. The only thing we found was the bread we used was fresh from that day, I would probably leave it out to harden a little as I found it a little to soft for our taste and meatballs were excellent Will definitely make this for our summer getogethers"

alexjack User ID: 2655024 52559
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"I liked how easy this was to put together, but if I made it again I would substitute riccota cheese in place of the mayonnaise. The mayonnaise was alittle weird for me."

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 19938
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2010

"I have been making this receipe for several years and it is one of our favorites. I have always used frozen meatballs though as a time saver..."

kightlis User ID: 4315427 70513
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2009

"If you are hesitant about making this recipe, stop NOW and make this dish TODAY!!! I completely agree with previous comment...the meatballs themselves are wonderful and the whole dish together? WOW! Breads that are more "crumby" seem to do better than ones that are more moist in this recipe. YUM!!!"

MariaLoon User ID: 4270004 71624
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

"I know I said I was going to wait until my step-son came to visit before I made this, but I just couldn't resist. It was INCREDIBLE! I only had a 24 oz jar of sauce to use, but it worked fine... I also started with parmesan garlic bread... added green onion, two heaping table spoons of minced garlic and one small can of finely chopped black olives to the sauce. I also used frozen meatballs instead of making my own this time. I was wondering if ricotta could be used instead of cream cheese and mayo for the spread? We love the spread as it is, but just wondering for a variation to the recipe if it would also work. Thank you SO much for sharing this! This will be made many times over through the years ;)"

MariaLoon User ID: 4270004 49485
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2009 Edited Aug. 25, 2009

"I have not tried this recipe....yet! But my stepson loves meatball subs and I will make this for him the next time he visits us!   "

Shelise User ID: 1338241 63404
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2009

"This recipe makes the BEST meatballs! I use the meatball part of the recipe for lots of other things. I also double the whole recipe, freeze each layer separately in bags: bread, cream cheese mixture, cheese, meatballs and sauce and assemble in a casserole pan the day we want to eat it! We also really love it even more as a leftover!"

gwhillikers User ID: 776937 32456
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2009

"Love this recipe, as did my men! Nice break from the usual pasta casserole. I also mixed 1lb ground beef w/1lb sausage. The only other thing I did different was instead of mixing the meatballs with the sauce, I placed them on top of the bread and then poured the sauce over all. That way the meatballs were evenly distributed. This is a definite keeper ;)"

[email protected] User ID: 3428716 49484
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2009

"This was good and simple to make, leftovers tasted even better!!! I cheated and bought frozen meatballs.I will make this recipe again."

pinksuitcases User ID: 630663 70512
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2008

"Man alive was this delicious! I worried about adding water to the spaghetti sauce, but it worked fine and didn't make the bread soggy or anything. I also doubled the meatball part of the recipe, just so there would be more of them in the casserole, but making it as written gives you enough really. I used one pound of ground beef and one pound of sausage for the meatballs also. You HAVE to try this one!"

speckford User ID: 1270749 24081
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2008

"This casserole was delicious!! I thought the bread would get really soggy, but it didn't and was just as good, if not better, warmed up the next day. I substituted ground turkey for the ground beef, as well as light cream cheese and light mayo. I would have maybe cut down a bit on the cream cheese mixture as I found it a little bit too rich of a flavor, but that's personal opinion. Excellent dish!"

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