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Italian Meatball Sandwiches

The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

Joey Tribbiani from Friends was a crazy meatball sub lover, and as I was putting this sandwich together, I couldn’t help but think if Joey would approve of this sub. But once I took that first bite, I knew he’d be proud of me. After all, how can anyone resist a nicely toasted hoagie bun filled (Yes, filled! No skimping here guys! ) with super flavor-packed, tender meatballs sitting on a bed of homemade marinara and topped with melted mozzarella?!

The only tiny complaint that I have though was that there was not enough marinara. I’ll be sure to double it (changes made below) when I make this again!

So here’s how you make this:

We’ll make the meatballs by combining the ground beef, shallot, garlic. parsley, bread crumbs, Parmesan and egg.

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

Make sure it’s well combined – you can use your hands or a wooden spoon for this but it’s much easier with your hands!

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

Using a small cookie scoop, I was able to make about 20 meatballs.

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

Then we’ll heat up a skillet and throw some of those meatballs on,

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

making sure to get them browned on all sides.

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

Then we’ll make the quick and easy marinara by combining the tomato sauce, basil, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and sugar, if using.

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

Be sure to reduce the heat to low and add the marinara and cooked meatballs back to the skillet.

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

We’ll let that simmer for about 10-15 minutes so it gets nice and thick.

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

Now let’s take some freshly baked demi baguettes…

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

and add about 3-4 meatballs and a thick slice of fresh mozzarella to each of them.

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

Pop them into a 450 degree F oven until the cheese gets all melted and bubbly.

Italian Meatball Sandwiches - The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

Italian Meatball Sandwiches

The best meatball sub that you can make right at home with an easy homemade marinara!

15 minutes30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 demi baguettes, toasted, for serving
  • 4 ounces mozzarella, sliced

For the marinara

  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of sugar, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, shallot, garlic, parsley, bread crumbs, Parmesan and egg. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 18-20 meatballs.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add meatballs, in batches, and cook until all sides are browned, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together tomato sauce, basil, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and sugar, if using.
  5. Reduce heat to low and add tomato sauce and meatballs to the skillet, simmering until the sauce has thickened, about 10-15 minutes.
  6. To assemble the sandwich, place 3-4 meatballs and a spoonful of marinara into each baguette. Top with sliced mozzarella and place into oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Simply Scratch.

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9 comments

  1. looks and sound delicious.

    you can’t beat a meatball sandwich…the photo’s are excellent

  2. One of the best meatball sub recipes I’ve seen!!! Simple and super tasty! Love it!
    Thank you so much for sharing it!

  3. Can these be made with ground turkey??

  4. Made those today and they were great! So yummy!
    Thanks for a great recipe.

  5. This was delicious! I was cooking for a crowd that is typically not too fond of ground beef, but luckily the recipe was a hit. With a few modifications it made a spectacular meal that we hope to soon repeat!

  6. thank u for recipe. did this with ground turkey. it was great too!

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