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Individual Meatball Sub Cups

These meatball sub cups are such a fun recipe for individual meatball subs and the perfect appetizer for game days or even a fun way to eat dinner! An easy appetizer using crescent rolls, frozen meatballs, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Meatball sub cups sit lined up neatly on a wooden board, on top of a red kitchen towel along with a bowl of marinara sauce for dipping and an empty white plate.

I love meatball subs but they can be so messy to eat. These individual meatball sub cups are such a fun and easy appetizer to make. Ready to eat in under 30 minutes with only 5 ingredients!

I love making meatballs when I have people over. It’s always an easy dish to prep ahead of time but it’s not always the easiest to eat when you have a lot of people. These meatball sub cups make it easy to eat a meatball sub standing up. The meatball is baked inside of a crescent roll with sauce and topped with mozzarella. The crescent roll forms into a cup around the meatball making it an individual sub and a handheld appetizer.

I love using pre-made dough or wontons to make appetizers. Some of my favorites are these jalapeño popper biscuit pockets, steak and cheese wontons and pizza monkey bread.

Meatball cups ingredients lined up on a kitchen counter.

Individual Meatball Sub Ingredients

  • Crescent Rolls- This buttery flaky dough will serve as a bread cup for the base of the sub.
  • Tomato Sauce– Grab your favorite marinara or pasta sauce to layer in.
  • Meatballs- You can use homemade meatballs or frozen meatballs work well. Turkey meatballs are a great substitution for beef. No need to thaw meatballs before cooking.
  • Mozzarella Cheese- I like to use shredded mozzarella cheese or a pizza blend works nicely.
  • Italian Seasoning- A blend of basil, oregano, rosemary, marjoram, and thyme.
A photo collage showing you step by step how to make meatball cups, 8 steps total.

How to Make Meatball Sub Cups

  1. Pre heat oven to 375º F. Roll out crescent roll dough on to a baking mat or floured surface and flatten all seams.
  2. Cut dough into 12 rectangles.
  3. In a greased muffin tin add the crescent dough press down forming a cup like shape.
  4. In each cup add a spoonful of tomato sauce.
  5. Top with a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.
  6. Add a meatball into each cup.
  7. Top with an additional spoonful of tomato sauce.
  8. Finish with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375º F for 16 minutes.
Yield: 12 Meatball Cups

Meatball Sub Cups

3 Individual Meatball Subs sit on a white plate on top of the kitchen counter, 8 more sit on a wooden board in the background, a side bowl of marinara sauce for dipping is to the left of everything.

Individual meatball sub cups are such an easy appetizer using crescent rolls, frozen meatballs, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. Perfect small bite for hosting a football game or gathering.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Can Crescent rolls
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 12 Frozen Meatballs
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 375º F. Spray a muffin tin with non stick cooking spray
  2. On a baking mat or floured surface roll out crescent roll dough and flatten all seams. Cut dough into 12 rectangles.
  3. Add the crescent dough into your muffin tin pressing down forming a cup like shape.
  4. In each cup add a spoonful of tomato sauce. Top with a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.
  5. Add a meatball into each cup.
  6. Top with an additional spoonful of tomato sauce.
  7. Top with mozzarella.
  8. Bake at 375º F for 16 minutes.
  9. Serve with a side of tomato sauce and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 611mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 13g

Nutrition values are estimates only.

Meatball Sub cups sitting in a teal muffin tin on the kitchen counter, marinara dipping sauce sits in a bowl off the the side.

Can you make them ahead of time?

Cook the meatball sub cups when ready to serve place them back in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 350ºF.

Can you freeze meatball sub cups?

Yes! These meatball cups freeze great! You can pull them out when you need a quick snack!

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