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Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake

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Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake is a truly fantastic WW friendly dish with a little help from refrigerated biscuits this semi-homemade meal can be on the table for no time. Make my homemade Turkey Meatball recipe or use frozen turkey meatball for an even quicker dinner!

meatball sub bubble up in pan with white spatula

I don’t know bout y’all, but I sure love a good meatball sub. The toasted kind that are oozing cheesy goodness with a fresh baked bun are the absolute BEST! However, they’re usually not so friendly when you’re kinda sorta trying to watch your weight and not actually look like a meatball. Haha!

Enter: Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake! It’s super easy to throw together and actually quite skinny-ish. Two of my very favorite things.

meatball sub bubble up with green onions on top in a casserole dish

One day I was craving sub which honestly happens a ton in my world. I’m constantly trying to create healthier delicious foods, because when you’re on a weight loss journey, you can get bored really quick. I’ve been on WW for awhile, and I can honestly say I have never felt deprived. And because I’ve made changes to some of my all-time favorite, not-so-calorie/point-friendly foods that changed them into something completely skinny-ish, I don’t even need that many “cheat meals”.

How to make Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake:

stainless steel bowl with ground turkey, grated zucchini, minced onion, parmesan, and celery salt

Start off by grabbing a bowl and throwin’ some extra lean ground turkey, dried minced onion, grated parmesan, and celery salt into it. Mash together really well.

raw turkey meatballs

Roll into small meatballs. This recipe SHOULD make about 25 meatballs.

*If you’re going the frozen meatball route that’s fine and I don’t judge you at all because I go that route from time to time too. you can use 25 meatballs too, but be sure to adjust calories/points accordingly

meatballs cooking in a black skillet

Now, In a large pan over medium heat you’ll need spray with cooking spray and then add 1-1/2 tsp oil. Add as many turkey meatballs as you can without over crowding the pan. Be sure to constantly turn the meatballs so they stay in a round-ish shape cook for about 8 minutes total. Remove meatballs and set aside.

9x13 casserole dish filled with biscuit pieces and a bowl of green onions and meatballs on the side

In a 9×13 casserole dish add cut up biscuit pieces, followed by marinara sauce, meatballs, cheese, and green onions. Bake for about 30-35 minutes uncovered.

I use my Homemade Marinara Sauce which is super low calorie, no points, and again, tastier than the store-bought stuff. Be mindful of the points and calorie change if you don’t have the time to make up a batch of this.

meatball sub bubble up on white plate

I hope you enjoy this Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake! If you get an extra minute after you try this dish. Please let me know how it goes or leave a star rating! I totally appreciate it. Yall are the best.

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meatball sub bubble up in pan with white spatula
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Meatball Sub Bubble Up

a casserole bake filled with biscuits, perfectly cooked meatballs, marinara, and melty cheese.
Prep Time25 minutes
Active Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Yield: 6
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish


  • 7.5 oz can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits cut into small pieces (these are the smaller biscuits that come ten biscuits to a can- you can find them with the other biscuits)
  • cups Skinnyish Dish Marinara (or your favorite jar of marinara/pasta sauce)
  • 1 cup part skim shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced green onions

Mini Turkey Meatballs

  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 oz grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium zucchini grated
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 2 tbsp dried minced/chopped onion (found in the dried spice section of a grocery store- you can substitute 1/2 small grated onion)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Lightly spray a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, Add all of the ingredients for your turkey meatballs, except for the olive oil. I’m sorry if you hate this part, but (with clean hands) get mashing! Make sure ingredients are combined well.
  • After thoroughly mixing, roll your meat mixture into about 1 inch to 1-1/2 inch in size meatballs. You should get about 25 meatballs. A couple more or less is just fine.
  • In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add your turkey meatballs, but be sure you don’t crowd the pan (You may need to cook in two batches depending on pan size)
  • Turn them every so often so they are browned on all sides. Cook for about 8 minutes total.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, cut up your biscuits and add them to the casserole dish. Pour sauce over the biscuits.
  • When the meatballs are done cooking, add them one by one so they are evenly proportioned throughout the dish.
  • Top with shredded mozzarella and green onions. 
  • Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
  • Enjoy!


Serving size: 1/6 of the casserole dish

284 calories 9g Fat, 24g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 5g Sugar, 28g Protein 

WeightWatchers Points: 6 Points
*Note: Every once and awhile I will get a message saying that the biscuits are undercooked. This has not happened to me yet, but I did test out a different way to do things in case this happens to you. Before adding sauce/meatballs/cheese to the cut up biscuits in the casserole dish. Place only the cut up biscuits into the oven and cook for about 5 minutes then layer the sauce, cheese, and meatball on top of the biscuits. Cook for 30 minutes. This should help the undercooked biscuit problem!

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  1. 5 stars
    OMG this is amazing. The best meatballs!!! My brother and I meal prepped 2 of your recipes today. Creamy White chicken chili and this one. The chili is a standard for us now but this one is new and an instant favorite. thank you for so many amazing recipes. I don’t think at this point I could chose just one favorite.

  2. 5 stars
    It’s like a warm hug in a bowl. Even my toddler loves it, which is a major win in this house. #top2021

  3. #top2021 Looks so good! I just made homemade meatballs and threw them in the freezer. Can’t wait to try homemade marinara.

  4. 5 stars

    My whole family loves this meal!
    I love that I don’t have to cook separate meals for dinner! Star’s meals are absolutely amazing.

  5. 5 stars
    the whole fam loves this ! and super easy and quick! I’ve even made it before with precooked frozen meatballs and it works the same. #top2021

  6. 5 stars
    Seriously a staple in our house. Very easy to throw together and delicious, my boyfriend asks for this all the time! #top2021

  7. 5 stars
    I have never ever left a review in a recipe, but boy did I have to for this one. Yes, it was a good dinner. Quick and easy. But those meatballs, or should I says daymnnnn those meatballs were AMAZING!!! So much flavor. The star of the dish!! I literally took one meatball out of the bake and drive to my dads house so he could taste the best meatball ever. I honestly can’t stop thinking about those meatballs!!! I can’t wait to make this again and to try your other recipes.

  8. On another recipe, I was able to click a link which went into the WW app for personal points. Are you going to be doing this for all your recipes? It was fabulous!

  9. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight, it was a HUGE hit! Not only did my kids love it, it came together SO quick. Adding another skinnyish dish to the rotation! Thank you Star!

    1. Hi!
      Just pulled this out of the oven for dinner tonight! Can’t wait to try it!!
      I did put the recipe in my WW App and for Green it says 15 points..not sure what I’m doing wrong. I have Serving Size as 6..???

      Luckily I’m Nursing and have the points for dinner – just wanted to comment because I’m far from the 6pts you mention!

      Thanks so much!

      1. The ingredients may have attributed to this, but it’s still a pretty far leap from 6 points I agree. It can really take a jump though depending on the biscuits, meatballs (if store bought), and sauce. Sounds like it could be it here or possibly something wasn’t entered properly.

      2. So weird! I had all the Ingredients you listed. The biscuits were the most points..I scanned everything in using bar code. Weird. I did make the Meatballs ass you said, using Kroger Natural Geound Turkey..bummer! SO good though!

  10. 4 stars
    Looks delicious!! I’ve made the biscuits and gravy bake more that once and it’s a family hit!!

  11. 5 stars
    My family LOVES THIS! We have some picky eaters and they ask for this weekly! I make your crockpot marinara and freeze it in 2 cup portions and thaw them the morning of and put the meatballs in the crockpot (with our crazy schedules it saves on time) and it turns out perfect every time!! Your dishes allow for me and my husband to stay on track without the kids knowing they’re eating healthier too! Thank you!

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