Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake

Meatball Sub BubbleUp Bake

Summer is almost over, eek!!  That means time for my favorite season fall!!  I love it!  For a lot of you fall means back to school and back to school means “holy crap I need easy dinner ideas stat!”

Nothing gets more comforting and more easy than this Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake.  Just four ingredients and few minutes and you are ready to pop this dish of comfort in the oven.

This dinner is satisfying, warm, comforting and most importantly quick, easy and a crowd pleaser.  Plus it requires no planning ahead, you just pull some meatballs out of the freezer and crack open a can of biscuits.

Now I usually make my own meatballs for things but I noticed the majority of you ask if you can substitute frozen meatballs so I used frozen in this recipe, but you can use either.

So first you just pop open a can of Pillsbury Grands biscuits and cut each one into 8ths.  Then just stir all the biscuits around with a cup and a half to 2 cups of sauce.  You can mix the sauce and biscuits in a bowl or right in the pan, the pan method saves on dishes lol.


Then you just top the biscuits with the meatballs, as many as you like.


Sprinkle the whole thing with shredded mozzarella and pop into a 375 oven for about 30-40 minutes.


Voila, dinner is served and it could not be any simpler or tastier!


Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake
4.84 from 6 votes

Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake

Author Parrish


  • 1 can Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
  • 1 bag frozen meatballs
  • 1 1/2 cup to 2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella


  1. Cut the uncooked biscuits into 8ths.
  2. Place into greased 9x13 dish.
  3. Cover with sauce, start with 1 1/2 cups, add more if you think it needs a little extra.
  4. Place the meatballs on top of the biscuits.
  5. Sprinkle with the cheese.
  6. Bake at 375 for about 30-40 minutes.
  7. Serve to your hungry family!

Meatball Sub BubbleUp Bake

Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake

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  1. avatar
    Ida says:
    August 21, 2014

    Wow! These look so delicious. Pinned so I can make later!

  2. avatar
    Leandra says:
    August 22, 2014

    This look amazing, pinned as I’m sure my family will love this! :)

  3. avatar
    August 22, 2014

    This looks amazing. It would be great for football viewing or family night! Thanks for sharing. Visiting you from creatively unleashed!

  4. avatar
    Karly says:
    August 24, 2014

    My family would go crazy for this! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  5. avatar
    Amanda says:
    August 25, 2014

    Any tips for a non doughy center?

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      Parrish says:
      August 29, 2014

      I do worry about that myself but so far all the bubble ups I have made haven’t had a doughy center. I would just try to make sure the sauce and cheese is evenly spread and not all in the center.

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    christy says:
    September 4, 2014

    Which frozen meatballs would you recommend?

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      Parrish says:
      September 10, 2014

      Any kind should be fine, I actually just used Target brand lol :)

  7. avatar
    Brooke Tyler says:
    September 5, 2014

    If making my own meatballs do I need to cook them first? Im thinking probably so but thought I would get your opinion

  8. avatar
    Nicol Lachimia says:
    September 6, 2014

    Question for you…did it bake through evenly? I’ve had bad luck with recipes like this in the past where the biscuits in the middle or those under too much stuff don’t cook well and it is raw dough in spots :( This recipe looks great & my son LOVES meatball hoagies, but I fear not getting all the dough evenly & well baked. Any tips??

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      Parrish says:
      September 10, 2014

      I have had that problem before, with this recipe I was lucky and it cooked all the way through lol. All I can suggest is to make sure the toppings are even and don’t all settle in the middle and that should help cook evenly. :)

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      Susan Lamb says:
      September 14, 2017

      Try doing it with half the biscuits and or roll them out to be flatter

  9. avatar
    hbe says:
    September 7, 2014

    Any changes in cook time if you make your own meatballs instead of using frozen ones? Tia :)

    • avatar
      Parrish says:
      September 10, 2014

      Can’t say for sure but I dont think so since the biscuits need that time to cook :)

  10. avatar
    Emily K. says:
    September 8, 2014

    Love this recipe… Do you think I could use the roll of pillsbury pizza dough I have in my fridge??

    • avatar
      Parrish says:
      September 10, 2014

      I am not too sure the pizza dough will work as well since it doesn’t get as puffy as the biscuits. Thanks for stopping by!!

  11. avatar
    Hillary says:
    September 22, 2014

    I made this for a potluck this weekend and it was a hit! I cooked it a little longer than 30 minutes though to get it all baked through and the cheese bubbly. I found that I needed a bit more sauce too. I just used a ~20 oz frozen bag of turkey meatballs and it was great! Thanks for the recipe. Looking forward to more easy crowd pleasing recipes

  12. avatar
    Gayle says:
    October 21, 2014

    What size can of biscuits did everybody use? There are 2 sizes on our shelves!!! This is on tomorrow’s menu!!! Thanks so much!

    • avatar
      Parrish says:
      October 22, 2014

      I use the 8 count Grands size :)

  13. avatar
    Gayle says:
    October 22, 2014

    Great, THANKS!!!

  14. avatar
    Irene says:
    November 1, 2014

    These ideas are wonderful and unique. I’ve always cooked traditional soul food meals that took a long time to make. I seeing a new world out here which is exciting to join in. New world here I come!

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    Anissa says:
    December 13, 2014

    I absolutely LOVE simple recipes like this! Perfect for a part time working, busy mama of two!! Thank you :) I can’t wait to try it!

  16. avatar
    January 5, 2015

    Made this recipe the other night and shared my version today on my blog. Thanks for sharing it! We love it.

  17. avatar
    Emily says:
    January 9, 2015

    I made this recipe a couple of nights ago, and my husband got seconds. That means it was a hit! He said he even liked it better than an actual meatball sub. :)

  18. avatar
    mel says:
    February 1, 2015

    Trying this tonight with sweet italian sausage instead! hope it turns out well!

  19. avatar
    Andrea Vey says:
    February 27, 2015

    This recipe recipe has it all, fast, easy, delicious, hubby approved. It will become a staple in our house. Thanks for sharing.

  20. avatar
    Karen says:
    March 15, 2015

    I’m making this for a friend who is in need of meals due to surgery. Do you think I should partially bake? Can I freeze? Any ideas??

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      Parrish says:
      March 16, 2015

      Hmm, I have never tried freezing it before because I am not 100% sure if those biscuits freeze well.

  21. avatar
    Jay Gardner says:
    March 18, 2015

    Don’t have a blog so I’m not sharing it that way, but made it for dinner tonight and sharing it THAT way! This is a great recipe. The best part is having so many choices of spaghetti sauce to make future batches with.


  22. avatar
    wanda says:
    May 23, 2015

    Was a big hit,family completely enjoy!
    Having a cook out may have as an extra side dish.

  23. avatar
    shari says:
    July 10, 2015

    Any thoughts on a substitute for the Grands? I’d love this recipe, but can’t have grand due to hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.

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      Parrish says:
      July 12, 2015

      Any frozen biscuits or canned biscuits will be fine. Thanks for stopping by!

  24. avatar
    Molly says:
    September 23, 2015

    We loved this recipe. After reading several of the comments about the biscuits not getting done in the middle I covered my baking dish for about 30 minutes of the baking. I took the cover off and put the cheese on and baked the rest of the way. Super Yummy.

  25. avatar
    Sara says:
    January 18, 2016

    Do you think it would be possible to make this meal ahead of time and then freeze? I have a friend who just had a baby, and I’m trying to find her easy freezer meals. I’m just not sure how it would work with freezing the biscuits, and then putting them in the oven to bake…

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      Parrish says:
      January 20, 2016

      I have never frozen it, I am not sure if it would freeze well because I am not sure if canned biscuits freeze well. This recipe might be best served fresh. Thank you for stopping by.

  26. avatar
    Liz says:
    January 19, 2016

    When using frozen meatballs do they need to be thawed out before baking?

    • avatar
      Parrish says:
      January 20, 2016

      I just used them from the freezer and it works fine! Thanks for stopping by.

  27. avatar
    Wendy says:
    January 20, 2016

    Have you ever tried this with crescent dough just rolled out on the bottom?

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      Parrish says:
      January 25, 2016

      I have not tried that. I am not sure how well it would work since the sauce might prevent the dough from cooking all the way, but you can certainly try it, it might turn out more like a pizza and would still be delicious!!

  28. avatar
    Joan says:
    January 25, 2016

    I’m going to try making this tonight using biscuits I’ll make with Bisquick. Any thoughts? I’ll post again after making it. Looks so yummy and I have all the ingredients!

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      Parrish says:
      January 25, 2016

      I am curious to see if it works!! Let me know!! Hope it comes out for you :D

  29. avatar
    sandy says:
    February 1, 2016

    If I’m going to use chicken would you suggest I cook the chicken first? I may have to otherwise it might put out a bit of moisture etc…soggy bubbles!????

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      Parrish says:
      February 2, 2016

      Yes I would cook the chicken first to prevent sogginess! Hope you like it!

  30. avatar
    Shannon says:
    March 18, 2016

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! Exactly what I was looking for…my bf and I love meatball subs, so when I saw this I decided to try it. Yummy! And it really doesn’t get much easier than this recipe! Perfect Friday night meal with leftovers for weekend lunches :) Thanks!

  31. avatar
    Michelle says:
    April 8, 2016

    Made this tonight but had to cook it miner than suggested time to get the dough cooked through. Will try mixing the sauce with the dough first next time.

  32. avatar
    Kelly says:
    May 6, 2016

    Have you done this with pizza sauce? I have a bit of a stock pile of pizza sauce and looking for ways to use it besides pizza.

    • avatar
      Parrish says:
      May 9, 2016

      I think it will work great!! I have used pizza sauce before, still tastes just as amazing!

  33. avatar
    Deana Rock says:
    July 3, 2016

    Thankyou!!! With 6 of us in the house, I doubled the recipe (and with 4 of the them males) I added a ton of meatballs. It was a HUGE hit!!!

  34. avatar
    Lambers says:
    November 10, 2016

    I did this for my family and they loved it. Making it again for tonights dinner

  35. avatar
    ATPA'sMom says:
    April 11, 2017

    Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe!!! I made it for dinner tonight using Pillsbury French Bread dough in place of the biscuits. It was terrific. I cooked it for about 36 minutes to let the bread rise and the family loved it. No doughy taste and the bottom crust had a buttery golden look and taste. Really was a meatball sub all in one easy, quick dish. Looking forward to more great recipes.

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      Parrish says:
      April 20, 2017

      Yay! I am so glad you liked it! I will have to try it with the french bread, that stuff is delicious!

  36. avatar
    Pam says:
    October 9, 2017

    We absolutely love this recipe! We have made this many times and it has turned out perfect every time. It is such a quick weeknight meal and the kids love it!

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