By yooper on June 17, 2002
Photo by Chef #1800276038
Photo by Chef #1800276038
"Wonderful take on the Italian Meatball Sandwich. Taken from "Quick Cooking" Magazine."
Serving Size: 1 (259 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
"I doubled the meatball part and used Bertoli roasted garlic and onion spaghetti sauce. It tasted good but the bread on the bottom was mostly soggy. If you can get past the soggy bread then you should like this recipe. Don't think I'd make this again. One thing I did learn from this is that meatballs with green onions instead of regular onions tastes better. No egg required for your meatballs too."
"I have made this casserole numerous time and it is wonderful. It is one of my favorite recipes of all time."
"i followed the recipe (mostly) and it turned out really good! as for all the other reviews on the soggy bread... it's supposed to be like that i think...
what i changed was:
-regular onion instead of green onions (i don't keep green onions on hand)
-light miracle whip (even though the recipe says not to, mine still turned out fine)
-i used whole wheat bread and toasted it
-instead of leaving the bread whole, i cut it into cubes."
"3 1/2 stars! I thought this was good but pretty darned rich! A small portion was enough for me. Also, it took me quite a bit longer than 15 minutes to prep this meal as stated which was unfortunate since it was a weeknight. Surprises me since this came from a cookbook called Quick Cooking. :) I would reserve this meal for a night or weekend where I could prep and stick in the fridge so that I just pop it into the oven the following evening. I substituted ground turkey easily. I eliminated the water in this altogether. I always do that with casserole recipes that call for it. I find that the addition of the water makes the food........well, watery and doesn't really serve a purpose. I baked covered in foil so that it didn't dry out. I used Recipe #416481 as the bread in the recipe. Thank you!"
"My step-daughter picked this out as the weekly meal that her and I cook together and I'm glad that she did! I made the meatballs as instructed but cut them in half when I put them on the casserole so we had more. I followed everything else as written. The spaghetti sauce that I used was a very thick and hearty sauce so it needed the extra water but I would suggest using less (or none at all) if you have a thinner sauce to avoid the bread getting soggy. I used an Italian loaf that I cubed and let sit out overnight and the next day until dinnertime and the bread on the bottom actually got pretty crispy. I also made sure that I completely covered all of the bread with the cream cheese/mayo mixture to keep the sauce from dripping down onto the bread. Everyone really enjoyed this meal and it is now in our "Make Again" file. The only thing that got complaints was that my husband said when he heated it the next day for lunch, the bread had soaked up the spaghetti sauce and gotten soggy and doughy. It was great the night of but I would suggest making only as much as your family is going to eat because the leftovers were less than stellar."
"i think this is probably one of the best recipes i have ever made, made it at home, and shared some with (cooked) 2 other people who also loved it. Gave the recipe to a coworker who also made it with dh and 3 children, she doubled the recipe to serve her family, and told me there was none left. This is my only review ever."
"This is a very tasty recipe and will make again. I followed the recipe closely but added crushed red pepper. I followed other reviewers advice and toasted the bread first, but it still turned out a little moist."
"I made this yesterday for a football party - HUGE success! I toasted the bread first, as many had suggested as I was afraid it would get soggy. Did not add the water. I used homemade marinara instead of out of a jar. This dish was WONDERFUL! I know it sounds crazy, but I also made a vegetarian version with homemade pasta sauce with mushrooms in it. This was also delicious. Just leave out the meatballs and you have a great appetizer for your non meat eating friends."
"I have made this a few times now and just realised I hadn't reviewed it yet. I was a bit scared going in to making this as a lot of reviewers had commented that the bread turned soggy. Before assembling it all I toasted the garlic bread I was using and followed a review that said to completely cover the bread with mayo and cream cheese before adding the pasta sauce. The flavour in this is very yummy and as I bake the meatballs on a wire rack over a baking dish a lot of the fat comes out. I will definately continue to make this recipe."
"This was just so amazing to eat my wife, son, and I had a great time making it, an had a great time enjoying all the flavors an just sent us for a ride...lol.... pluse went great with garlic bread stixs..... thanks for the recipe...."
"We really liked this casserole and like some of the other reviewers, I made a double batch of meatballs."
"This is really good. my kids love this, as do I and my husband. I use store bought meatballs, and just microwave them. Makes prep time very quick. Thank you!!"
"Served as leftovers on day two, this was delicious. We actually didn't like it on the first day because the cream cheese mixture overpowered the rest of the flavors. By day two, the flavors blended perfectly. I followed other reviewer's advice and made toasted garlic bread first for the base. I also omitted the water. Thank you for a unique and delicious recipe!"
"Well, I have NO idea why no-one else said this, but um... I ran out of the cheese mix?? It didn't even cover the bread crumbs. Weird. Anyway, I therefore added a cup of cottage cheese to the cheese mix and was barely able to cover. Only used 1 1/2 cups mozz to try to tone down the serious cheese going into this thing. Based on reviews, I didn't have the right bread but I pulled out regular whole wheat bread, cubed it, and allowed it to sit all day. Then drizzled with a little EVOO and sprinkled garlic powder on and toasted it. Did not use water, but rather another 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce. Spiced up the meatballs based on reviews as well. Used cayenne, oregano, thyme and basil. I did NOT like the looks of it and was totally stressed about having run out of the cheese spread? How on earth did this happen? Well, my family and I scrunched up our faces and dug in. It was really good! LOL!!! I think the cottage cheese toned down the cheese mix - some people said it was really rich. Served with salad. Will make again with my substitutions. Thanks!!"
"I used my own meatball recipe. Also used a loaf of rustic garlic bread from the bakery, not the "fluffy" stuff, then toasted the cubed bread while I made the meatballs. Followed the other suggestions to omit the water, happy I did because the bread came out almost toasted on the bottom. Had a great flavor, but it is rich, therefore only needing a small piece! A nice change from the typical "noodle" casserole."
"Delicious from the first to last bite. I toasted my bread like other reviewers and this seemed to help somewhat. No matter, the flavors were delicious and one meal we really enjoyed!"
"This was easy to put together and I really enjoyed the flavor. I used Hunt's traditional pasta sauce, which was a 26.5 oz can (they don't come in 28 oz anymore here - in fact, most are now 24 oz). I had whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs (4C brand). The meatballs were cooked in 15 minutes. We thought this was a little too rich. Also, I had problems with soggy bread. I think the key is to use real, crusty Italian bread. What I (and probably many other reviewers) did was to buy the Walmart bakery "Italian loaf" which is only slightly sturdier and more flavorful than Wonder bread. Unfortunately, this is all I can get in the stores here, and it's doubtful I would make bread and then turn around and layer it in a casserole. Therefore, this recipe will have to go on my back burner, unfortunately."
"This was a good recipe! I made this to use up bread and meatballs before passover. It was very good and rich. Thanks!"
"I followed the instructions of previous reviewers to avoid soggy bread at the bottom, but unfortunately, it didn't work. Everything else was delicious, I used recipe 69173 for the meatballs. My husband made a suggestion, which was putting a layer or so of lasagna underneath instead of bread, which I think we will try."