This classic American favorite takes the art of sandwich-making to a whole new level. Juicy, perfectly seasoned meatballs are nestled within a fresh, soft roll, then smothered in rich marinara sauce and topped with melted cheese. Whether it's game day, a family gathering, or a quick and satisfying weeknight dinner, our Meatball Sub is the ultimate go-to option that promises to satisfy cravings and put a smile on your face.
1 lb. ground meatloaf mix
¾ cup dry breadcrumbs
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten
⅓ cup water, divided use
1 Tbsp. Italian Meatball (Seasoning Blend)
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
4 submarine sandwich rolls, partially split
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
Small fresh basil leaves (for garnish)
For the Meatballs:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cover the bottom of a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the meat, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, egg and Italian Meatball (Seasoning Blend) in a large bowl just until blended. Gradually mix in water, a few tablespoons at a time, just until the meat mixture holds together and can easily be shaped into balls. (Do not overmix the meat mixture.)
Use an ice cream scoop or a large spoon to scoop about 2-½ Tbsp. of the meat mixture into the palms of your hands, then roll the meat mixture into a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining meat mixture.
Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes or until the meatballs are done (160°F). About 5 minutes before the meatballs are done, heat the tomato sauce in a saucepan over medium heat.
Remove the meatballs from the oven. Turn the oven off, then preheat the broiler.
Fill the submarine rolls with the meatballs, then drizzle the meatballs evenly with the warm tomato sauce. Top with the mozzarella cheese.
Place the sandwiches, cheese sides up, on a clean baking sheet.
Broil, 6 inches from the heat, until the cheese is melted and lightly browned. (Watch carefully so that the cheese doesn’t burn.)
Sprinkle the sandwiches with the Parmesan cheese and the basil.
Meatball Subs - the American comfort food
Meatball subs combine the heartiness of meatballs with the convenience of a sandwich. The meatballs become especially spicy and delicious when you season them with our Italian Meatball Spice. Want creative twists? Some enthusiasts enjoy adding sautéed peppers and onions to add a hint of sweetness and crunch, while others may incorporate different types of cheeses or experiment with alternative proteins like turkey or even vegetarian meatballs.
Quick Sides for Meatball Subs
Complete the Meatball Sub experience with a tantalizing selection of sides that perfectly complement the savory delight of the sandwich. That are our favorites:
Crispy Hasselback Potatoes: The combination of soft meatballs and crunchy potatoes creates a delightful contrast of textures.
Zesty Coleslaw: A refreshing coleslaw brings a burst of color and crunch to the plate.
Fresh Caprese Salad: Opt for a lighter side with a refreshing caprese salad. The combination of juicy tomatoes, fragrant basil, and balsamic vinegar adds a burst of freshness to your meal.
Sweet Potato Fries: For a twist on traditional fries, go for sweet potato fries. Their natural sweetness pairs beautifully with the savory meatballs, creating a harmonious balance of flavors.
- Serving Size
- 1 serving
- per serving
- 63 grams
- 38 grams
- 52 grams