Italian Meatball Buns

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.


2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
These soft little rolls come with a pleasant surprise inside—savory Italian meatballs. The apps are wonderful dipped in marinara sauce, which makes them fun for my grandkids—and adults too. I love how easy they are to put together. —Trina Linder-Mobley, Clover, South Carolina


  • 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 until softened, 25-30 minutes.
  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 towel; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake buns until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Brush tops with oil; sprinkle with cheese and basil. Serve with marinara sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 bun with 1 tablespoon sauce: 98 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 253mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.