Donatella Arpaia Shares Her Meatball Sliders Recipe

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(Serves 12)


  • 1 dozen Donatella meatballs
  • 1 jar of Donatella’s sauce (marinara or arrabbiata)
  • 1 dozen King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls (dinner roll size), split
  • 1 cup coarsely grated mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup basil leaves chiffonade



  • Heat Donatella’s sauce in a large pot over medium heat. Drop meatballs into sauce & bring to a gentle simmer (about 12 minutes).
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange rolls, cut side up, on a baking sheet.
  • Cut each meatball in half. Place 1 meatball, a spoonful of sauce, 1 tablespoon mozzarella & 1 teaspoon Pecorino Romano or Parmesan on bottom halves. Bake until cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Garnish with basil.


Have you ever made sliders made of meatballs?

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