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Pasta & Meatball Meat Loaf Sandwich

Prep Time:

30 Min

Cook Time:

25 Min.

Total Time:

55 Min.



Pasta and Meatballs on a sandwich? The famiglia is sure to fall in love with these!


  • 3 D’Italiano® Original Sausage Buns
  • ½ cup dried mini penne pasta
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped red or yellow bell pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup toasted bread crumbs
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup garlic butter
  • 1 cup store bought pasta sauce, warmed
  • Shaved parmesan cheese
  • Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • Toasted bread crumbs
  • 2 D’Italiano® Original Sausage Buns
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • Garlic Butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  • 3 tbsp. fresh basil

How to make

  • Preheat oven to 375° degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse and cool completely. Half the sausage rolls lengthwise; set aside.
  • In a large skillet cook onions, bell peppers, and garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender.
  • In a large bowl combine eggs, milk, 2/3 cup of toasted bread crumbs, salt, and Italian seasoning. Using your hands, fold in ground beef, cooked pasta, ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese, and cooked vegetables. Form into six 6×3-inch oblong loaves. Place in a shallow baking dish. Baked, uncovered, for 25 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the loaves reads 160°F.
  • Spread the split rolls with the garlic butter and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Top each toasted roll with warm pasta sauce and a mini meat loaf. Sprinkle with shaved Parmesan cheese, remaining toasted bread crumbs, and freshly snipped parsley.

Toasted Bread Crumbs

  • Tear each sausage roll into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Blend until the crumbs are coarse. In an 8-in skillet, toast bread crumbs in melted butter over medium heat until lightly browned. Remove 2/3 cup to add to the meat loaf mix. Use remaining crumbs to top the meat loaves.

Garlic butter

  • In a small skillet cook garlic and dried basil in butter until garlic is tender.