Meatball Subs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 50 min
  • Yield: 4-6 subs
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For the Sauce:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 small onion, finely chopped

1 stalk celery, finely chopped

1/2 medium carrot, finely chopped

Kosher salt

1 28-ounce can whole plum tomatoes, crushed by hand

1 bay leaf

2 fresh basil leaves

For the Meatballs:

4 ounces russet potato, peeled (about 1/3 large potato)

Kosher salt

1 pound ground veal shoulder

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping

2 tablespoons whole milk

1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground pepper

4 to 6 pieces baguette, split open


  1. Make the sauce: Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and their juices, the bay leaf, basil and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, 30 to 40 minutes. Season with salt.
  2. Meanwhile, make the meatballs: Put the potato in a small saucepan with cold water to cover; add 2 teaspoons salt and bring to a boil. Cook until the potato is tender, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly, then coarsely grate the potato with a box grater.
  3. Mix the ground veal, parmesan, milk, garlic, thyme, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon salt with your hands until just combined. Gently form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs.
  4. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and just cooked through, about 8 minutes. Transfer to the sauce and simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Fill the baguette pieces with the meatballs and top with more sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan.