Mini Meatball Cups

Mini Meatballs tucked inside bread cups made with Rhodes Frozen Dinner rolls, topped with pizza sauce and shredded Italian cheese. 

Who doesn't love a good meatball recipe? Meatballs are pretty popular in our house and I love using them as a starting point in so many recipes, especially for appetizers and snacks. These Mini Meatball Cups are so delicious and super simple to make. They're the perfect appetizer, snack or grab and go lunch. 

To make these easy meatball cups I used my favorite Rhodes Frozen Dinner Rolls, pre- cooked frozen meatballs, pizza sauce and cheese. The best part about this recipe is you don't even have to let the dough rise. Just thaw, shape the cups, fill with meatballs, sauce and cheese and then bake. 

My kids love these little meatball cups and they're also delicious reheated the next day. Another delicious flavor variation is Mini Barbecue Meatball Cups using, meatballs, barbecue sauce and cheddar-jack cheese.  

Yield: 12
Author: Tina Butler | Mommy's Kitchen
Mini Meatball Cups

Mini Meatball Cups

Mini Meatballs tucked inside bread cups made with Rhodes Frozen Dinner rolls, topped with pizza sauce and shredded Italian cheese.
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 16 MinTotal time: 46 Min


  • 12 frozen dinner rolls (such as Rhodes), thawed but still cold
  • 24 Mini frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs, thawed
  • 1/2 cup pizza or marina sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded Italian Cheese Blend
  • Fresh or dried parsley for garnish


  1. Thaw 12 Rhodes dinner rolls to room temperature on a baking sheet that has been spray with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper. You want the rolls thawed, but still cold.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 24 count mini muffin tray with non-stick baking spray.
  3. Using kitchen shears, cut each dinner roll in half making 24 pieces.
  4. Flatten each dough piece into a circle and press into each mini muffin cup, pressing up the sides to form into a little cup. Continue with remaining dough pieces.
  5. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon shredded cheese into each dough cup. Place one mini meatball on top of cheese, lightly pressing the meatball down.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with one teaspoon pizza sauce and additional shredded cheese.
  7. Return pan to oven and bake an additional 10 minutes or until the cups are golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.
  8. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh or dried parsley.
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Oh my goodness. This is such a cute and creative recipe. I like that you used meatballs because my husband likes to make a few batches and freeze them. I'll have him make me a few mini meatballs next time. Rhodes rolls are a family favorite!
Jennifer G said…
Love this idea. We are huge meatball fans in this house. I make quite the variation of recipes using them. I have done sweet and sour, Tangy, Spaghetti and meatballs, meatball subs... NOW I am going to HAVE to try this. It looks spectacular.
Unknown said…
Now this is our kind of family dinner meal! My kids LOVE meatballs and I am sick of the traditional meatball sandwiches so I am excited to try this recipe. I know it will be a hit and it looks super easy to make!
Ali Rost said…
Thes are so much fun! Traditionally I think of meatballs paired with spaghetti, but instead it's almost a mini meatball pizza of sorts. I bet these would make a great snack for kids after school. We host a monthly Spaghetti dinner party and i know what I'll be making with our left over meatballs. Thanks (as always) for another great recipe!
MrsTee said…
This looks so fun! As a Mom with a team full of picky eaters recipes like these are perfect solutions. Healthy but fun at the same time . . .
Paula Schuck said…
I never have the idea of making meatballs. Tonight I actually do have all the ingredients for this. I could potentially make it. Love how easy and tasty and compact these are. It would be a very big hit here I am sure.
SInea said…
Tina, these mini meatball cups are amazing! I like pigs in a blanket but am tired of them. This recipe will be a winner with my whole family! Pinned and yummed and retweeted :) Hey, I host Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Ducks 'n a Row every week. We open Tues eves 7pm ET and go through Saturday. Please stop by!
Sinea ♥
Jhuls said…
These are so amazing! Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!