Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Meatball Parmesan Sub

Happy Wednesday friends! It’s Hump Day (as in over the hump)… which means we are halfway through the week and on our way toward another weekend! Halleluia!

I was having a hankering for some good ol’ comfort food the other night. Not just ANY comfort food… a piping hot, cheesy meatball sub!

There is nothing better.

Perfectly toasted hoagie roll topped with homemade meatballs that have been tossed in a freshly made marinara sauce. All of this topped with ooey gooey mozzarella. Come. to. Mama.

This sandwich re-heats amazingly. Β Just toast up the bread, heat the meatballs and sauce in the microwave, top the bread with the meatballs , throw on a slice of cheese and VOILA! Or you could always boil up some pasta and serve these delicious meatballs over spaghetti.

Pick your Poison.

Either way, you won’t be disappointed. This is one comfort meal that hits the spot! Enjoy! Bring on the weekend! πŸ™‚

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Meatball Parmesan Sub

Yield: 14-15 large meatballs (6 sandwiches)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45-60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hr 15 minutes


For the Meatballs:
1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/4 Panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup milk
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 egg
1 clove garlic, grated
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons garlic salt
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/3 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese

For the Marinara Sauce:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (26.46) box Pomi strained tomatoes
2 (26.46) boxes Pomi chopped tomatoes
3 teaspoons salt
cracked black pepper, to taste
crushed red pepper to taste

6 hoagie rolls
12 slices mozzarella cheese
fresh grated parmesan (optional)
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
fresh basil (optional)


Moisten breadcrumbs and panko with the milk, and add to a large bowl. Add all of the meatball ingredients except the parmesan cheese. Mix until just combined (try not to over mix). Add the parmesan cheese and gently mix in.

Turn oven on broil setting and allow to heat up. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Roll meatballs into desired size. I made mine nice and large, about the size of a plum (roughly 2" in diameter). Place onto prepared baking sheet and place in the oven. Broil for 15-20 minutes and then flip and allow to finish for an additional 5 minutes or so.

While the meatballs are cooking, heat olive oil in a large saucepot. and diced onion and cook until transluscent (3-7 minutes). Add the chopped garlic and saute for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minutes (being careful not to burn it). Add the tomatoes and season with salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.

Once the meatballs are done (lightly browned on all sides), add them to sauce and stir until all are submerged. Allow the meatballs and sauce to simmer for 15-20 minutes (or until ready to serve).

Slice the hoagie rolls horizontally (not cutting completely through). Open them up and broil for 2-3 minutes (until the begin to toast). Add 2-3 meatballs per sub, a spoon of the sauce, and then top with two slices mozzarella. Pop back into the broiler again for just a minutre or so, until cheese melts.

Top with crushed red pepper flakes, a sprinkle parmesan cheese, and fresh basil if you have it. DELICIOUS!

NOTE: You can place meatballs on the sub whole, or you can slice them in half and put them on the sub that way for easier eating!

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24 Responses to “Meatball Parmesan Sub”

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    Erin — July 20, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    Meatball subs are the best! My tummy just rumbled after looking at this.

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    Julia — July 20, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    I’m already hungry and then I click on this post… these look amazing! I always mean to make enough meatballs with spaghetti to have meatball subs with the leftovers but for some reason we never end up with leftovers…

    • Kristina replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

      haha same here… that’s why i specifically made them for subs otherwise they’d have never happened!

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    Mandy M — July 20, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    OMG, that melted cheese looks so good. I haven’t had a meatball sub in…well, too long! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

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    Mr Incredible — July 20, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    Where was my invite?

    • Kristina replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

      i thought you were over lasagna and red sauce… haha

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    Kelly — July 20, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    Kristina these look delicious!! Great presentation and the perfect recipe, love it! πŸ™‚

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    RavieNomNoms — July 20, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Meatball sub?! Yes please!!!! May I have one? lol

    • Kristina replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

      sure! come on over πŸ™‚

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    Steph@stephsbitebybite — July 20, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    Can I please come over for dinner?!!! I have to have this!!!

    • Kristina replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

      haha… sounds like we need to have a foodie dinner par-tay!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 20, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    It has been way too long since I have made this for dinner. We used to have them often! Going to have to make the list soon!

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    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — July 20, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    This looks so appetizing, I could eat it right now!

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    Hester aka The Chef Doc — July 21, 2011 @ 2:33 am

    Tina, you are ridiculous. Making us drool all the time with your fabulous recipes. That sandwich looks totally scrumptious. I must be honest and say I’ve only had a meatball sandwich maybe only a couple of times in my 24 years. I think it’s because it’s always too hot for me to eat like a sandwich and the fork/knife bums me out, haha. I’ll have to try again πŸ™‚

    • Kristina replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

      aww you are too nice!

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — July 21, 2011 @ 2:37 am

    I just ate a huge dinner, but the pics of your sub are still looking delicious to me! Must be all that cheese….

    • Kristina replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

      must be the cheese… i can never turn cheese down.

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    Jessica — July 21, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    Can I come over? I want one of these and your hubs to make me one of his amazing cocktails! πŸ˜‰

    • Kristina replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

      Anytime, girl! Come on over πŸ™‚

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    Lilly — July 22, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    OMG I wish I could eat cheese! Well I can but only when it is grilled or processed. Can’t eat it like this though =(
    But will love to have a meatball sub without the cheesy topping!

    • Kristina replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

      i would die. Cheese is my guilty pleasure hah

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    Eunice — July 22, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    Why have I never though to make meatball subs? These look delicious! Let me go get some hoagies.

    • Kristina replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

      you will love. them. πŸ™‚

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    Kita — July 22, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    My love affair with meatball subs didnt start until I was in my late teens but wow. I wish I had known how amazing these suckers could be long before then! This looks great πŸ˜€

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