The Ultimate Meatball Sub Sandwich Recipe
Is there anything better than a toasty, hot, messy meatball sub sandwich? Big juicy, tender meatballs simmered in marinara sauce (store-bought or homemade—either works!) stuffed into garlicky hoagie rolls, topped with mozzarella and broiled to melty, bubbly perfection. This is a go-to comfort meal in our homes, and it’s actually a great one for serving a crowd, too. We’ll teach you just how easy a homemade meatball sub can be!
Classic Italian Meatballs Are The Key To A Great Meatball Sub
A great meatball sub sandwich begins with great meatballs, duh. And while we’ve made more than our share of meatballs in our lives—more on that later—our love for meatballs began here. With classic Italian meatballs, seasoned perfectly and mixed with a light hand. Nothing unexpected here—just 100% classic meatball ingredients, and zero nonsense. In addition to the usual salt and pepper, here’s what you’ll need to make meatballs for your meatball sub:
- Ground beef. Look for an 80/20 blend!
- Ground mild Italian sausage
- Italian parsley
- Italian-style breadcrumbs—these are the kind that come with herbs like parsley and oregano mixed into them.
- Parmesan cheese
How To Make Meatball Subs
Making meatball subs might seem like a bit of an undertaking, but we’ll break it down to show you just how manageable it really is. All you’ll do for this meatball sandwich recipe is:
- Mix and roll your meatballs. Get the kids to help roll! It’s fun and really easy—especially if you’re not a stickler for a perfectly formed meatball.
- Cook the meatballs! Simmer the meatballs in tomato sauce—jarred or homemade, whatever you’ve got—for about 20 minutes.
- Prep the submarine rolls with a little brush of olive oil and a sprinkle of garlic powder.
- Finish! Fill the rolls with meatballs, top with mozzarella, and broil until the cheese is melty!
What To Serve With Meatball Subs
Is a meatball sandwich a meal that needs sides? Maybe, maybe not. But it’s fun to go all out, especially if you’re serving meatball sandwiches to a crowd. Here are a few side dishes we love to pair them with:
- Simple Italian Salad
- Perfectly Roasted Broccoli
- Roasted Zucchini with Parmesan
- Mediterranean Wedge Salad
Tools You’ll Need
There’s Just No Sub for this Sub Sandwich
We’ve been working on this recipe for a long time, and it’s perfect as can be. Or at least, we think so! Try this meatball sub recipe, and let us know how you like it, OK? Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!