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A baking sheet with garlic rolls toped with marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese.

Meatball Stuffed Garlic Rolls

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  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 rolls


For an appetizer or a casual dinner, these Meatball Stuffed Garlic Rolls are so savory and satisfying. With pre-made dinner rolls, saucy meatballs, melty cheese and fresh herbs, they’re as easy as they are delicious!


  • 12 savory dinner rolls
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick)unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 1/2cup marinara sauce, divided
  • 12 frozen meatballs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place the rolls, still attached, on the prepared baking sheet. Cut a hole in the top center of each roll, about 2/3 of the way down, and remove the bread from the center of each roll.
  3. Melt the butter in a microwave-safe mixing bowl. Stir in the minced garlic, 1 tablespoon grated parmesan and 1 tablespoon of the chopped fresh parsley.
  4. Brush the butter mixture inside each roll and all over the top and outsides of the rolls.
  5. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of marinara sauce into each hole followed by a pinch of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  6. Stuff a meatball on top of the cheese in the hole of each roll. Top each meatball with a teaspoon of marinara sauce and then sprinkle all over the rolls with the remaining shredded mozzarella cheese and then the 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese.
  7. Place the rolls in the middle rack of the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and starting to turn golden brown in spots, about 15-20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time.
  8. Let the rolls sit for 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley just before serving.