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Meatball Bread Boat

Feast your eyes on this mouthwatering Meatball Bread Boat, a fun twist on a classic favorite! Dive into the scrumptious combo of juicy meatballs, gooey cheese, and warm, crusty bread that'll have everyone coming back for seconds.

Tasty Team
96% would make again
Meatball Bread Boat


for 4 servings

  • ½ lb ground beef (225 g)
  • ½ lb Italian sausage (225 g)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese (110 g), half for the meatballs, half for the boat topping
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup breadcrumb (55 g)
  • ½ cup water (120 mL)
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (770 g)
  • 1 italian bread loaf
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (300 g), Shredded

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 869
  • Fat 39g
  • Carbs 82g
  • Fiber 5g
  • Sugar 14g
  • Protein 45g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a large bowl, combine beef, sausage, salt, garlic powder, pepper, basil, half of the parmesan, egg, bread crumbs, water. It works well to squish the mixture with your hands.
  2. Shape the meatballs into balls roughly larger than a golf ball, or desired size.
  3. Coat a large pan with olive oil and bring to a medium-high heat.
  4. Brown the meatballs on all sides.
  5. Set aside meatballs and remove excess grease.
  6. Return the meatballs to the hot pan, add marinara sauce and simmer for 15 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.
  7. Cut a long rectangle through the top of the bread loaf and partially unstuff the loaf.
  8. Layer the bottom of the loaf with half the mozzarella, cooked meatballs, sauce, then top with the rest of the mozzarella and parmesan.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes at 350˚F (180˚C).
  10. Enjoy!
  11. Don't just wing it -- plan it! Use our meal planner tool in the Tasty app. Download here.
Meatball Bread Boat