Baked Meatball Subs – Family Fresh Meals


These homemade baked meatball subs are a great addition to any sandwich lover’s list of delicious recipes – perfect as a family dinner idea for those busy days, holiday parties and game days! They can even be baked in foil and taken as a convenient and no-mess on-the-go meal.Baked Meatball Sub on a plate with a salad

I’ve opted to make my meatballs from scratch for this recipe since it’s so quick and easy to do but you also have the option of purchasing pre-cooked meatballs if you want to reduce your cook time even more.

Assembling these meatball subs is a cinch and the rich flavors you get from the pasta sauce, melted cheese and herbs mean that they’re guaranteed to be loved by all!

TIPS FOR MAKING BAKED MEATBALL SUBS

  • If you intend serving these meatball subs at a party, social gathering or for meals away from home, I recommend that you wrap each individual sub in foil prior to baking. Let them all bake in their foil, allowing you to easily hand out or serve without any fuss or mess.
  • I use pasta sauce for these meatball subs but you could also make use of store-bought or homemade marinara sauce.
  • Want to skip making the meatballs yourself? You can always opt to use store-bought meatballs for this recipe such as Johnsonville Classic Italian Style Meatballs which are fully cooked and can be stored frozen.
  • You can use cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella. Any cheese that melts well is ideal.

Baked Meatball Subs in a casserole dish

Baked Meatball Subs

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, and seasonings in a large bowl. I find it is easiest to just use your hands.ingredients for meatballs in mixing bowl
  2. Using a cookie scoop, fill the scoop with the meatball filling and then use your hands to round them out. Place on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.meatballs on baking sheet
  3. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes till they are cooked through.
  4. In a large skillet pour pasta sauce in and heat through. Once the meatballs are done baking, add them to the sauce and coat each meatball.meatballs in a pan with sauce
  5. Then in a baking dish, line your sub rolls and fill with 3-5 meatballs (depending on size) and cover with shredded mozzarella.meatball subs in baking dish
  6. Place on the broiler for 2-3 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly, but be careful and watch it so your cheese does not burn. Top with fresh chopped parsley.

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH THESE MEATBALL SUBS?

  • You can totally indulge in these subs without any extra sides but there are also plenty of side dishes that would go well with these meatball subs like mixed salads and roasted vegetables.
  • If you want to add a side to this recipe then check out these ideas to get you started:

Baked Meatball Subs in baking dish

CAN I FREEZE THESE BAKED MEATBALL SUBS?

  • I wouldn’t recommend freezing these meatball subs once they’ve been assembled as they will most likely become soggy from the sauce and other ingredients once thawed out.
  • If you want to try meal prep for this recipe, you can certainly make the meatballs ahead of time. Once they have completely cooled, place your meatballs on a greased baking sheet or one that’s lined with parchment paper in your freezer until they are solid. Once frozen solid, remove the meatballs from the baking tray and store them in an airtight freezer bag.
  • When ready to assemble your meatball subs, add your pasta sauce and frozen meatballs to a large stockpot and cook over medium heat until your meatballs have defrosted and are thoroughly heated.

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Baked Meatball Sub on a plate with a salad

Baked Meatball Subs

These homemade baked meatball subs are a great addition to any sandwich lover’s list of delicious recipes – perfect as a family dinner idea for those busy days, holiday parties and game days!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups pasta sauce
  • 5 sub rolls
  • 1-½ cup of shredded mozzarella
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, and seasonings in a large bowl. I find it is easiest to just use your hands.

  • Using a cookie scoop, fill the scoop with the meatball filling and then use your hands to round them out. Place on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.

  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes till they are cooked through.

  • In a large skillet pour pasta sauce in and heat through. Once the meatballs are done baking, add them to the sauce and coat each meatball.

  • Then in a baking dish, line your sub rolls and fill with 3-5 meatballs (depending on size) and cover with shredded mozzarella.

  • Place on the broiler for 2-3 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly, but be careful and watch it so your cheese does not burn. Top with fresh chopped parsley.

Recipe Notes:

Depending on how big your baking dish is and which rolls you use, this recipe is able to make 5-7 subs.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 503kcal (25%)Carbohydrates: 48g (16%)Protein: 36g (72%)Fat: 18g (28%)Saturated Fat: 8g (40%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 113mg (38%)Sodium: 1247mg (52%)Potassium: 692mg (20%)Fiber: 3g (12%)Sugar: 10g (11%)Vitamin A: 660IU (13%)Vitamin C: 7mg (8%)Calcium: 324mg (32%)Iron: 15mg (83%)

 

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