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Meatball Subs

Meatball Subs

Yield: 8-10 subs 1x
Prep: 30 minutesCook: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hour


Meatball mixture

1¼ cups Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs

1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

3 whole eggs

1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup onions, minced fine

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced fine

½ cup Romano cheese, grated

¾ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

pounds ground beef (80/20)

½ pound ground pork (or all beef)

½ pound ground veal (or all beef)

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped

Other ingredients

2 jars (typically 24 ounces each) of your favorite marinara sauce, or see our homemade Marinara Sauce recipe here

1 dozen Sub rolls (ours were 8-inch)

One pound of sliced provolone cheese

Additional grated Parmesan cheese to serve with the finished sub


In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs with ricotta cheese, eggs and oil.

In a large bowl, add all other meatball ingredients then add the breadcrumb mixture and gently work with your hands to combine.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a sheet tray with a piece of parchment paper

You will need a 1-once scoop and a small bowl of water. To validate the meatball size, make one meatball with scoop and weigh. It should be 1-once.

Hint: Scoop a large amount of meatball mix into your hand and use the scoop to scoop out the meatballs from your hand, rubbing the scoop edge on your palm. As the filling in your hand lessens, scoop another large amount into your hand. Make sure to dip the scoop in water every two or three scoops. Once you get this rhythm going, you can get pretty fast. I usually scoop them onto my cutting board and then pick each one up and roll in my palms and place neatly on the lined sheet tray.

The mixture should yield about 70 meatballs.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through. Remove to cool if making ahead.

While meatballs are cooking, heat the sauce in a pan big enough to fit the cooked meatballs and the sauce. Also split the sub rolls.

Once the meatballs are cooked, use a slotted spoon or spatula and remove to the sauce.

Move oven temperature to 475 degrees F.

Line another sheet tray with foil.

Line up sub rolls on the tray and fill them with whatever quantity of meatballs and sauce you want. We fit seven per roll and made ten of them.

Sprinkle on some Parmesan and lay the sliced provolone cheese over each one, letting the cheese overlap onto the roll top.

Place uncovered in the preheated oven for 3-5 minutes until the cheese is brown and bubbly.

Remove to serving dishes and enjoy.

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