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Meatball Sub Sandwich

This meatball sub sandwich is the perfect food for a crowd, bring a few napkins though. They are so easy to make, and the result is a meaty, saucy, and cheese hot sandwich.

This is one of those recipes that you make when you really want to put a frozen pizza in the oven to feed the family because that is all the energy you have. It really is that easy. Let the oven to the work for you while you spend some family time or just relax a moment for yourself.

Make this with frozen meatballs, jarred spaghetti sauce, shredded cheese, and buns. My family loves this and I love how easy this is.

Meatball Sub Sandwich Using Frozen Meatballs

No need to spend hours on a recipe. Prep this in minutes, pop the meatballs, sauce, and cheese in the oven and when they are hot and bubbly, tuck them into buttered and toasted hoagie buns.

Meatball Sub Sandwich
Meatball Sub Sandwich

With the wide variety of meatball choices in the grocery store, I find myself using these more often. This recipe is a great way to use your favorite frozen meatball. We like the Italian ones that are made with beef, pork, and chicken. They are so full of flavor.

Make Meatballs from Scratch

You can make your meatballs from scratch if you choose. Just mix the following ingredients together, form into balls and carry on with the rest of this recipe.

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Time-saving tip: make a double batch of meatballs. Freeze one batch for the next time.

Baking Meatballs with Marinara Sauce
Baking Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

Is it better to bake or fry meatballs?

Once the meat is combined with the breadcrumbs, eggs, seasonings, and herbs, they can be pan-fried or baked. Frying the meatballs in a pan is the fastest way to get them cooked; however, baking them just takes a few minutes longer and for me, there is less chance of overcooking them. It is easy to place the meatballs in a baking pan and bake.

Marinara Sauce for Sandwiches

Here is another place that you can make your own or purchase a jarred sauce. When making these meatball sandwiches, I like using the jarred sauce. We love the chunky garden style tomato sauce, there is a link in the recipe if you are looking to purchase the same one.

However, it is so easy to just open a jar of sauce and pour over the meatballs.

Hearty Sandwich
Hearty Sandwich

Make Marinara Sauce from Scratch

While I throw this meal together quickly using a jarred sauce, if you have time or prefer to make your own, here are the ingredients to add to a skillet and cook until thick and bubbly. Just perfect for this Marinara Meatball Sandwich.

  • 2 large onions diced
  • 3cloves garlic diced
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 30 ounces tomato sauce
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 1teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Easy Weeknight Meals
Easy Weeknight Meals

Baked Meatballs and Sauce for Sub Sandwiches

This recipe can certainly be made in a skillet; however, I prefer not to have to watch the skillet for ingredients sticking or burning.

The oven is a fantastic option for this recipe.  

Just pop the meatballs in a baking dish, pour on the tomato sauce, sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese and bake.

I can spend my time preparing other food for this easy meal or spend time with guests.

This recipe just could not be easier.

Butter and toast the Hoagie buns and spoon on the meatballs with the hot, bubbly, and cheesy marinara sauce

Loaded Meatball Sub
Loaded Meatball Sub

Variations for this Subway Copycat Meatball Sub

Yes, this is reminiscent of the Subway sandwich with the marinara sauce, sub bun, and toppings of your choice.

Protein. The protein used for the meatballs can be beef, pork, chicken, or turkey. A combination of proteins often lends to a delicious meatball with complex flavors.

Make this vegetarian. Replace the meatballs made with meat with a veggie meatball.

Cheese. I like to use a melting cheese for this recipe; however, other cheese options would work great too. American, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Gruyere, Provolone, Gouda, or even a Pepper Jack would be delicious choices for this sandwich.

Spice. Some folks may prefer to have a bit of spice in their sub. Here are a few ideas for you. Hot sauce, a few red pepper flakes, sliced jalapenos. Sriracha mayo is a lovely way to add a bit of creaminess and heat.

Marinara sauce. Make your own or use a jarred sauce that you love.

Fresh Herbs. If I have fresh parsley, cilantro, basil, or oregano, I sprinkle a bit on for extra bursts of flavor here and there.

Toppings. Here are a few ideas for fresh toppings to add to this sub. Lettuce, sliced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, spinach, sliced onions, green pepper slices, or banana pepper slices.

Side Dish Options with this Sandwich

Add a light side dish such as a salad to round out this meal.

Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad

Berry Spring Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Creamy Cucumber Salad

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Meatball Sub Sandwich

This meatball sub sandwich is the perfect food for a crowd, bring a few napkins though. They are so easy to make, and the result is a meaty, saucy, and cheese hot sandwich. This is one of those recipes that you make when you really want to put a frozen pizza in the oven to feed the family because that is all the energy you have. It really is that easy. Let the oven to the work for you while you spend some family time or just relax a moment for yourself.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: copycat, easy recipe, Gameday food, lunch recipe, restaurant recipe
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 512kcal

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Ingredients

  • 26 ounces frozen meatballs any kind
  • 45 ounces tomato sauce spaghetti sauce
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 10 Hoagie Rolls Split
  • 10 Tablespoons Butter

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Meatballs, Sauce, and Cheese

  • Place the meatballs in a 9 X 13 baking dish.
  • Pour the marinara sauce over the top.
  • Add the shredded mozzarella cheese and bake for 35 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is melty.

Hoagie Rolls

  • While the meatballs are baking, cut the Hoagie rolls almost in half lengthwise. Add a tablespoon of butter to each roll spreading it around on both halves. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until they are lightly toasted.

Sandwich Assembly

  • Spoon meatballs in the center of the bun making sure to add enough cheesy sauce to the bun.
  • Add other toppings as desired

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Notes

Variations for this Subway Copycat Meatball Sub

Yes, this is reminiscent of the Subway sandwich with the marinara sauce, sub bun, and toppings of your choice.
Protein. The protein used for the meatballs can be beef, pork, chicken, or turkey. A combination of proteins often lends to a delicious meatball with complex flavors.
Make this vegetarian. Replace the meatballs made with meat with a veggie meatball.
Cheese. I like to use a melting cheese for this recipe; however, other cheese options would work great too. American, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Gruyere, Provolone, Gouda, or even a Pepper Jack would be delicious choices for this sandwich.
Spice. Some folks may prefer to have a bit of spice in their sub. Here are a few ideas for you. Hot sauce, a few red pepper flakes, sliced jalapenos. Sriracha mayo is a lovely way to add a bit of creaminess and heat.
Marinara sauce. Make your own or use a jarred sauce that you love. Fresh Herbs. If I have fresh parsley, cilantro, basil, or oregano, I sprinkle a bit on for extra bursts of flavor here and there.
Toppings. Here are a few ideas for fresh toppings to add to this sub. Lettuce, sliced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, spinach, sliced onions, green pepper slices, or banana pepper slices.

Nutrition

Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1199mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1061IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 3mg

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