Meatball Subs

Monday, April 9, 2012
I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter! We sure did! We finally received some sunshine here in the northwest and the kids had a water fight out front! They are so funny it hits 68 degrees and the kids are busting out the water guns and soaking each other! Not one complaint about being cold!
This is a household all time favorite recipe I have been making these for years. Who doesn't like meatballs with marinara sauce covered bread? Oh and did I forget lots of bubbly cheese covering it all..Meatball-Subs-Olive-Oil-Garlic-Pepper-Salt-Oregano-Italian-Herb.jpg
Add olive oil, onion, garlic, pepper, salt, oregano and Italian herb mix to a large saute pan. Heat over medium-high heat until onions are soft.
Add tomatoes, tomato paste, honey and water. Stir until well combined. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cover for 30 minutes.
For the meatballs: Mix ground beef, chopped onion, garlic, Italian herb seasoning, dijon mustard, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Mix until combined.
Divide meat mixture into 20 meatballs. Gently drop meatballs into simmering sauce, wait 10 minutes before gently stirring and simmer another 30 minutes in the tomato sauce.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Cut a V out of the hoagies and pull out the insides to make room for the meatballs. (Make a boat.)Brush the inside of the hoagie with olive oil.
Now brush the outside all the way around.
Divide half of the cheese mixture  evenly between the hoagies. Bake uncovered for 4 minutes, until cheese melts.
Add fresh basil to the meatballs and stir to distribute evenly.
Divide meatballs and sauce between the hoagie rolls. Divide remaining cheese mixture between hoagies and return to oven for another 4-6 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.

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Meatball Subs

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Meatball Sub Sandwich recipe with step by step instructions and photos from scratch. So easy and delicious a great meal for Superbowl Sunday.
Prep time: PT20M
Cook time: PT1H20M
Total time: PT1H40M
Yield: 6 Servings

Marinera Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 whole Onion, Chopped Fine
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 teaspoons Salt Or To Taste
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper Or To Taste
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 56 ounces Canned Tomatoes, Diced
  • 6 ounces Tomato Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Honey Or Sugar (To Taste)
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil, Chiffonaded
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 whole Eggs, Beaten
  • 1/3 cup Onion, Diced Fine
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil, Chiffonaded Fine
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 6 whole Hoagies (Crusty French Bread)
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1/2 pound Mozzarella Cheese, Grated
Cooking Directions
  1. Marinara Sauce: Place olive oil, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and oregano into a large skillet with a lid. Heat over medium-high sauteing until onions are softened. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, honey, and water. Stir until well combined. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook 30 minutes.
  2. Meatballs: Mix ground beef, egg, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, Dijon mustard, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese until thoroughly combined. Divide the meat mixture into 20 meatballs.
  3. Assembly: Gently place the meatballs into the simmering marinara sauce, allow to cook 10 minutes before gently stirring and cook for 30 minutes covered over low. Add basil and stir to combine.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Cut a V in the hoagies and remove insides to make room for the meatballs. Brush the inside and outside of the hoagies well with olive oil.
  6. Mix mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Use half of the cheese mixture and divide evenly between the hoagies.
  7. Place the hoagies in the preheated oven and bake 4 minutes uncovered.
  8. Divide meatballs and sauce to fill the hoagie rolls. Divide remaining cheese over meatballs. Bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool 5 minutes.
Meatball Subs are always a family favorite!


  1. Hi sweetie! First of all, the photo is stunning! Second, I know now that I will never get over the fact that we live so far away from each other. You make these meatball subs, I bring a cake - sounds like a fun day to me :) In the meantimme, I will admire your dishes from the other side of the screen.:) xoxo

  2. Yummm! Great post and beautiful photos!

  3. I think this would go over quite well in my home with 3 boys! Thanks for sharing with us at Kids in the Kitchen. Would love for you to link back so others can come and share too. Thanks Serena! We can't wait to see what you whip up next week- come back next Tuesday! See you then :) Blessings

  4. OH Wow! My boys will certainly love these meatball subs! So tasty & delicious! :)

  5. I wish I were having that for supper!

    Thanks for joining Flock Together today. I am now your happy GFC follower.

  6. This looks delicious, and I will be making these this week! XoXo

  7. Thank you for linking up with Kids in the Kitchen! this is wonderful - my hubs and the boys will love it!

  8. These sound delicious! I'd like to invite you over to Sweet & Simple Sunday at Cups by Kim (it's going on all week)! Hope to see you there!

  9. Ok, I'm drooling... I better stop reading. LOL. They look FANTASTIC!

  10. Yummy! We would all love these! You make it look so easy. :)

  11. Thanks for the follow on my blog. I am now following you too. Your recipes look delicious!!!

  12. Oh my word this looks fabulous. Found you from BruCrew Life!
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets

  13. That's so smart of you to cut a 'v' into the hoagie roll! That's the one thing I usually dislike about meatball subs - the balls always end up falling out! Your subs look super yum

  14. Our kids have been begging to jump in the sprinkler too!!! Maybe I should buy them some water guns instead? These meatball subs have me drooling and it is the middle of the night. YUM!!!! I love all the cheese on top:-)

  15. YUM!!! Meatball subs are one of the best foods ever created, aren't they? Yours look delicious.

  16. These sound great. I bet they're so tasty when you make them from scratch like this!

  17. Stopping by from the Anything Goes Linky!

  18. This looks so good!! Found you via UBP 12 and I'm your newest follower. Come say hello sometime:)

  19. Hey Serena! :) Wow those subs looks AMAZINGLY yummy!!! I bookmarked the page to make them soon for my family! Happy to follow your blog from the Grant Life Blog Hop... really looking forward to your posts! Happy to meet you and hope you can follow back! :)
    S.O.S. Mom


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