Take-out Tuesday, Marinara Ricotta Meatball Bubble-up

I recently tried a recipe on my April recipe bucket list for Baked Ravioli

I made a Marinara Ricotta Dip sauce for dipping ~

The baked ravioli was good but I probably won’t make it again


One of my friend’s said that the dip was so good he would even eat it on a shoe!

I saved the leftover dip thinking it would come in handy for something…

I had some meatballs in the freezer leftover from last week’s

Magic Mini Meatball Muffins and a dinner idea was born

Why not make a meatball bubble up!

The sausage, ground beef and cheese meatballs

tucked into the marinara ricotta sauce with biscuit dough pieces

and baked until hot and golden…

Yes please!

It’s kind of like spaghetti and meatballs with a side of garlic bread…

without the pasta!

If you don’t happen to have homemade meatballs tucked away in your freezer,

you can buy frozen meatballs to use,

but my meatballs are super easy to make

The marinara ricotta dip is so simple to throw together

Combine jarred marinara with ricotta cheese,

season with Italian seasoning and Parmesan

During baking the meatballs cook down into the sauce

and the biscuits rise up and turn golden

An easy Italian style dinner is born!

You could tuck in some tortellini or macaroni if desired,

but I promise you won’t even miss the pasta~

Marinara Ricotta Meatball Bubble-up

Meatballs and biscuit dough are baked in a marinara ricotta sauce for an easy and delicious Italian style meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 3


  • 1 can 8 count, large biscuits like Pillsbury Grands
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 4 oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 16 1" meatballs* recipe in note below
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted


  • Combine the marinara sauce with the ricotta, Italian seasoning and 3 oz of Parmesan cheese
  • Spread in the bottom of a 8" x 8" casserole dish or deep dish pie pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Place meatballs into sauce leaving spaces between them
  • Cut biscuits into 1/4s and put into a bowl
  • Combine garlic powder {as much or as little as you like} with melted butter and pour over biscuit pieces, tossing around gently to coat
  • Place biscuit pieces in between and around meatballs, pushing down into sauce.
  • Sprinkle remaining Parmesan over top of casserole
  • Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, and check for doneness. Continue to cook 5-10 minutes until meatballs and biscuits are cooked all the way through
  • Makes 2 large servings, 3 medium servings or 4 small servings


Easy meatballs:
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. breakfast sausage
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1 tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 cup extra sharp grated cheddar
Combine ingredients and form into 1 inch balls.  Makes about 40. Use within 1-2 days or freeze.
Keyword bubble-up, dinner casserole, easy dinner, Italian casserole, marinara ricotta meatball bake, marinara sauce, meatballs


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31 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Marinara Ricotta Meatball Bubble-up”
  1. Sounds like a great week night meal Jenna:@)

  2. The nicely golden biscuit topping with tender juicy meatballs in marinara sauce…that’s a heaven in a plate, Jenna.

  3. Nancy says:

    This looks scrumptious! And I agree with Angie above… “Heaven in a Plate!”
    Thanks for sharing your incredible creative recipes.
    Happy Tuesday my friend!

  4. creationsbycindyphotography.blogspot.com says:

    Well it’s just about 8:20 am and here I am wanting this for breakfast! YUM! So easy to make too. I am going to pin this Jenna. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. BERNADETTE says:

    Your inspiration is genius!

  6. Jenna, this dish looks amazing and my family would love it. The biscuit topping adds another layer of yum! Happy Tuesday!

  7. Rita C. says:

    Pinned, Jenna! This looks really good, and I think Mr. Picky would eat it too! Win!

  8. This looks pretty darned tasty and easy! Thanks for this one, Jenna!

  9. Martha says:

    I love this and I just happen to have everything on hand to make it. Perfect too since I never did a menu plan for this week and just making due with things I have on hand! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  10. thefrenchhutch says:

    Yum Jenna, I love how this recipe sounds and looks so delicious and super easy to boot! We would love this! Hope your week is going lovely……….

  11. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, this looks scrumptious! I could use a comfort dish like this right now. We are having crazy weather. Yesterday, it was 75 and sunny and today it is in the low 30s and snowing. I think we may me setting a new record-lol. Take care, and enjoy your week!

  12. Kitty says:

    Oh yummy…another bubble up recipe!!

  13. Cyndi Raines says:

    Oh such yummy goodness, bubbly and cheesy good. Making my mouth water. Pinning! 😁

  14. Mary says:

    Yum Jenna! Delicious comfort food for this crazy weather. ♥

  15. Miz Helen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with us on Full Plate Thursday,534. We featured your post and just pinned it!
    Hope you come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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