Meatball Sub Sandwich

How to make a Meatball Sub Sandwich.

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 1 ¼ pounds ground meat, preferably a combination of beef, pork and veal
  • 4 cups Marinara sauce, homemade or jarred
  • 1 loaf Italian bread sliced lengthwise and cut into 4 inch pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or coarse salt plus more for cooking the pasta
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 slice plain bread
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Method:

  1. Tear the bread into pieces and place them in a small bowl, pour the milk over, stir to combine and let it sit for 5 minutes until the bread has absorbed most of the milk.
  2. Squeeze out the excess milk and shred the bread into little pieces.
  3. Place the meat in a large bowl.
  4. Add the soaked bread, egg, ¼ cup Parmesan, parsley, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper to the meat.
  5. Use your hands to blend it well, but try not to squeeze the mixture too much as you blend it.
  6. Make nice round meatballs about 2-inches in size.  
  7. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  8. Spray a baking sheet with sides with nonstick cooking spray or lightly oil it.
  9. Place the meatballs on the tray, without touching each other, and bake until almost cooked throughout, for about 15 minutes.
  10. Meanwhile bring the marinara sauce to a simmer in a medium sized pot over medium-low heat.
  11. Add the partially cooked meatballs to the sauce and simmer until they are fully cooked, for about 10 more minutes.
  12. Whilst the meatballs are cooking, prepare the rolls.
  13. You can leave them soft, or toast them by placing them opened up and cut side down in a hot skillet with a touch of olive oil for a couple of minutes until the interior is golden brown.
  14. When the meatballs are removed from the oven and added to the sauce, turn the oven to broil.
  15. Transfer the meatballs with their sauce to a shallow baking dish so that the meatballs are in a single layer.
  16. Sprinkle the top with the mozzarella and the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.
  17. Return to the oven and broil for 1 to 2 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  18. Use a spoon to transfer two meatballs with some sauce and cheese to each roll.
  19. Serve and enjoy!
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