My kids love Meatballs in tomato sauce, but lately they have been a little bit fed up of pasta, so I wanted to try and incorporate the meatballs into a handy dish that I know they would enjoy and so I had the idea to make little meatball marinara cups, kind of like a sub sandwich. These were a huge hit, the kids devoured these and straight away asked for more. 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. Yummy meatball marinara in crispy toast cups!!
Meatball Marinara Cups
- 350g of ground beef
- pinch of salt and black pepper
- pinch of garlic powder
- pinch of onion powder
- 1 cup of marinara sauce
- 8 slices regularof whole wheat bread
- 90g of mozzarella cheese
- oil or butter
- finely chopped fresh Italian parsley or basil
- Preheat oven to 180c/350f
- Remove crusts from bread, so that each slice weighs 30g/1ozz
- Using a rolling pin, roll over each slice of bread to flatten.
- Spray both sides of bread with spray oil or spread with a little butter
- 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 lined with parchment 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.
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