4-Ingredient Meatball Sub Cups

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Appetizers, Main Courses
Meatball Sub Cups

Craving a delicious and hearty snack that is super easy to prepare? Then try out these Meatball Sub Cups! Packed with flavor, this simple dish will make your taste buds happy and is the perfect appetizer for game day. This fun twist on the classic sandwich will be sure to leave you wanting more.

An Easy Game Day Appetizer

This recipe is the perfect combination of quick, easy and savory. Plus, it requires minimal effort to make! Al you need is four simple ingredients, a muffin pan and an oven! You can whip up enough for everyone in no time flat and enjoy the oohs and ahhs that come pouring in when your family realizes how tasty yet easy these little bites really are. Get ready to have your tastebuds tantalized as we walk you through every step needed to create this tasty dish.

Whip up an irresistible snack your family will love with this easy recipe! Preheat your oven to 400°F and prep a muffin pan by spraying it down with nonstick spray. Then start by filling each cup with three tater tots. Bake for 12 minutes before pressing them into the perfect cups using a spoon or small glass. Return them to the oven and bake again until they’re golden brown and crispy.

Fill each cup with a small spoonful of low sodium marinara sauce, a pinch of shredded part skim mozzarella cheese and a turkey meatball before baking them an additional 15 minutes. Then top it off by spreading extra marinara and a sprinkle of cheese over those juicy meatball morsels. Pop ‘em back in the oven for five more minutes and you’re done! Let them cool for about 5 minutes before devouring these delicious treats from your own kitchen.

This recipe makes eight servings. Losing weight on a Nutrisystem plan? Count each meatball cup as half of a PowerFuel and half of a SmartCarb in NuMi. Or enjoy two cups for one PowerFuel and one SmartCarb. Enjoy!

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Servings: 8 (1 serving = 1 meatball sub cup)

Calories per Serving: 122

On Nutrisystem, Count As: ½ SmartCarb and ½ PowerFuel


  • 24 tater tots
  • 8 cooked turkey meatballs (fresh or thawed from frozen)
  • ¼ cup marinara sauce, low sodium
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, part skim


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Divide tater tots among 8 muffin pan cups (3 per cup).
  3. Bake for 12 minutes, then remove from the oven. Using the back of the spoon or a small glass, press on the tater tots to mold them into the muffin cups. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 12 minutes or until golden brown and slightly crispy.
  4. Add a small spoonful of marinara sauce and a pinch of cheese to each cup. Top with a meatball and return to the oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Spread tops of meatballs with marinara sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  6. Let them cool in the muffin pan for about 5 minutes before removing.
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