I’m so grateful to whomever thought of the idea of these Bubble Up casseroles creations. I’ve made some fantastic meals with just a simple can of biscuits as a start! This Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake is a delicious and healthy alternative to a regular ol’ Meatball Sub. It takes just a little prepwork and you’re totally good to go.
I don’t know about you, but I love meatball subs. 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 are watching your weight.
One day I was having a food craving, which happens so often. 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 know I do. I’ve been on Weight Watchers for six months now, 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-friendly foods that changed them into something completely healthy, I don’t even need that many “cheat meals” (except for Holidays and vacations, of course).
I’ve tweaked this recipe a few times. One reason being the first time I did it I used Aldi Fit & Active Turkey Meatballs, which were low in calories/points. However, I noticed that some people didn’t have access to an Aldi, or their local Aldi didn’t carry them. I definitely didn’t want to make this such a limited recipe, so I came up with a Mini Turkey Meatball Recipe to go along with it. One of my favorite things about this- Using my Homemade Turkey Meatball Recipe, the points/calories per slice of Meatball Sub Bubble Up came out even lower and much more delicious. Gotta love that!
The homemade turkey meatballs are absolutely delicious, and have much more flavor than store-bought varieties.
I also 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. (But please do at some point, because it is amazing!)
Meatball Sub Bubble Up
- 7.5 oz can Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits cut into small pieces (they come in four packs at the store- you can also find them as store brands alot of places!)
- 2½ 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 1/2 inch balls. 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.
Serving size: 1/6 of the casserole dish
WW Green: 6 Points | WW Blue: 6 Points | WW Purple: 6 Points
284 calories 9g Fat, 24g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 5g Sugar, 28g Protein
*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!