Kittencal's Meatball Marinara Sandwich

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"To save some time you can bake the meatballs up to a day ahead, if desired you may increase the ground beef to 1 1/2 pounds increasing all other meatball amounts only slightly, plan ahead the meatballs need to simmer in the marinara sauce #recipe21 for 30 minutes. Make certain to have lots of napkins handy when you serve these!"

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (407.6 g)
  • Calories 1046.5
  • Total Fat - 66 g
  • Saturated Fat - 35.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 338.6 mg
  • Sodium - 2798.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 12.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.6 g
  • Sugars - 3.2 g
  • Protein - 98.6 g
  • Calcium - 2190.4 mg
  • Iron - 4.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

For the meatballs; in a large bowl mix all ingredients together using clean hands (adding in a small amount more breadcrumbs only if needed to hold the mixture together, at this point you may refrigerate the ground beef until ready to use).

Step 2

Shape into about 1-inch meatballs then place on a baking sheet.

Step 3

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 25 minutes or until the meatballs are completely cooked through.

Step 4

Meanwhile using a serrated knife slice the buns in half lengthwise and remove just a small amount of the bread from the inside to make a “pocket” to hold the meatballs.

Step 5

In a small bowl mix the soft butter with garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt, spread over the inside of both bread sides then sprinkle with black pepper to taste.

Step 6

Place the buns inside the oven the last 4-5 minutes of the meatball baking time and bake until the bread is lightly toasted.

Step 7

In a medium saucepan warm the pasta sauce over medium heat.

Step 8

When the meatballs are cooked add them into the sauce and toss to coat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes in the sauce.

Step 9

Spoon the sauce and meatballs over a toasted bun half, then top with mozzarella cheese slices.

Step 10

Top with the other half of toasted bun.

Step 11

Cut in half or as desired.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


I have to say these sub sandwiches were out of this world good and we have had them several times now. We never tire of them and look forward to having them for many years. The flavor of the meatballs couldn't be better and they are tender as can be. Delicious all the way around for us!

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(30 Apr 2013)