Italian Sausage Heroes

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 5m
Ready In

"We enjoyed these sandwiches. If you have any extra "meatballs" they can be frozen to serve with spaghetti. Recipe source: Bon Appetit (May 2007)"

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (437.2 g)
  • Calories 1299.9
  • Total Fat - 35 g
  • Saturated Fat - 11.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 42.6 mg
  • Sodium - 1494.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 220.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.8 g
  • Sugars - 69.5 g
  • Protein - 28.7 g
  • Calcium - 616.3 mg
  • Iron - 4.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 13.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.9 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

In a bowl mix together the sausage, 1/2 cup marinara, parmesan, 2 tablespoons parsley and 2 tablespoons basil. Using wet hands shape mixture into 8 meatballs (I got 10 meatballs).

Step 3

In a skillet bring 2 tablespoons parsley, 2 tablespoons basil and the remaining sauce and the meatballs to a boil; cover; reduce heat and simmer until meatballs are cooked through (20 minutes).

Step 4

Place the baguette bottoms on baking sheet. Spread each with 2 tablespoons sauce. Cut meatballs in half and overlap 4 halves on each baguette bottom; then sprinkle with mozzarella, dividing equally among the baguettes.

Step 5

Bake until cheese melts (5 minutes)and sprinkle with remaining cheese and parsley and cover with the baguette tops.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.

8 Reviews


LOVE meatballs and these are great! I used ground Italian sausage and followed the recipe as directed, other than slicing the meatballs in half (I left them round at the request of my kids). Oh, and I added a shake or two of grated Parmesan cheese right before I served these. Made for Billboard Tag.


review by:
(19 Feb 2023)


Easy to throw together, and makes a great tasting sandwich. I left off the basil, sprinkled in some fennell, and added peppers and onions. Awesome subs for lunch!


review by:
(7 Aug 2021)

Java Joanne

These were delicious subs, though I added extra basil and some onions and peppers to the sausage to really enhance the flavor of the meat.


review by:
(25 Apr 2020)


I doubled the recipe so we would have plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day These are delicious and they were so enjoyed by all of us. My wife added these to our rotation and we are all happy about that!


review by:
(31 Jan 2020)


Oh yummy! I think using full sausage meat really contributes to these tasty meatballs. I wound up adding chopped garlic to the meatballs, because I had some in the fridge left from another meal, and also added extra parsley and basil than what the recipe called for. These meatballs were great on their own as well as in sub/hoagie/hero rolls. Thank you ellie for sharing. Made it for Billboard Tag Game.


review by:
(4 May 2019)


We loved this sandwich! I served them in soft sub rolls and they were gobbled up in no time. I did add sauteed onions. A must do again for me!


review by:
(9 Sep 2018)