One of my favorite sandwiches ever, is a Meatball Marinara – meatballs, marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese – HEAVEN!!
When recreating my favorite sandwich I had the idea to make little cups and oh boy were they are success. The crispy toast, topped with a meatball, sauce and cheese was just divine and they are pretty easy to make too.
The lengthy part is the marinara sauce, but if you have some of my MARINARA SAUCE made up in advance (I usually have a batch somewhere in the freezer) then it will cut down on the time.
They would be delicious served with a salad for a light meal, or salad and some PERFECT FRIES for a main meal.
Yummy Meatball Marinara Cups – eat me now!!
- 350g (12.5oz) of extra lean ground beef (mince)
- salt and black pepper
- pinch of garlic powder
- pinch of onion powder
- approx 1 cup of marinara sauce - click here
- 8 slices of whole wheat bread
- 100g (3.5oz) of mozzarella cheese
- spray oil
- finely chopped fresh Italian parsley or basil
- Preheat oven to 160c fan,180c/350f
- Remove crusts from bread, so that each slice weighs 30g/1oz
- Using a rolling pin, roll over each slice of bread to flatten.
- Spray both sides of bread with spray oil
- Push down into a muffin tray to form bread cups.
- Place in oven and bake for approx 20mins until lightly golden
- Add ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder to a bowl and mix well to combine.
- Form into 8 meatballs (they should be about the right size to fit in each bread cup)
- Place on a baking tray, spray over top with spray oil and place in the oven and bake for approx 10-15mins to lightly brown.
- Once bread cups are ready and meatballs lightly browned.
- Add the meatballs to bowl and cover well with marinara sauce.
- Place one meatball with sauce into each toasted bread cup and then top with mozzarella cheese.
- Repeat with all 8 cups.
- Place back in the oven for approx 15 mins, until cheese is melted and golden.
- Top with a little chopped fresh Italian parsley or basil.
- Great served with a salad and my Perfect Fries
Quick version - if you don't have marinara sauce on hand, mix 150ml of passata with 4 tablespoons of tomato paste, ½ teaspoon onion powder and a pinch of oregano.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 418Total Fat 13.5gSaturated Fat 5.9gCarbohydrates 34.2gFiber 5.7gSugar 8.9gProtein 38.6g