Meatball Sub Sandwich Recipe

This classic Italian sandwich features meatballs made with ground beef and either pork or Italian sausage, topped with marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese, all wrapped up in a crusty sub roll.

Spring 2018

  • Meatball Sub
    A meatball sub with homemade meatballs, marinara, and Mozzarella on a crusty roll, served with potato chips.
    Photo by Getty Images/LauriPatterson
  • Meatball Sub

Total Hands-On Time: 55 min

Preparation Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Yield: 4 servings

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• 1/2 pound lean ground beef

• 1/2 pound Italian or pork sausage

• 1/4 cup plain or Italian breadcrumbs

• 1 small onion, chopped fine

• 1 egg

• 1-1/2 cups marinara, spaghetti, or pizza sauce

• 4 crusty sub rolls

• 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


1) In large bowl, combine ground beef, sausage, breadcrumbs, onion, and egg. Mix with hands until blended. Form mixture into 16 balls about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.

2) Heat large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add meatballs, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, turning often, until all sides are browned. Drain excess grease. Reduce heat to simmer. Add marinara sauce to skillet. Cover and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.

3) Fill sub rolls with meatballs. Spoon on a little sauce, and sprinkle cheese over the top.

Note: If preferred, you can omit the sausage and use 1 pound ground beef instead. You could also use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

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