Meatball Subs

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 52 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 32 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin

1 large egg, beaten

1 cup (3 handfuls), Italian bread crumbs

1 medium onion, chopped fine

4 cloves garlic, crushed and minced

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons (several drops) Worcestershire sauce,

1/4 cup (a couple of handfuls) flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

1/4 cup (a couple of handfuls) grated Parmigiano or Romano

Coarse salt and black pepper

5 Minute Marinara Sauce:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, (2 turns around the pan)

4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

A handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped, about 2 tablespoons

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

One 14-ounce can chunky style crushed tomatoes

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 semolina crusty sub rolls, with or without sesame seeds

One 10-ounce bag (2 1/2 cups) shredded Provolone or Italian 4-cheese blend

Shredded basil (sweet) or shredded arugula (spicy) leaves, for garnish

Oven Fries, as an accompaniment, recipe follows

Oven Fries:

4 medium white skinned potatoes, each cut into 8 wedges lengthwise

Extra-virgin olive oil, to coat

Grill seasoning blend or coarse salt and black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place ground sirloin in a large mixing bowl and punch a well into the center of meat. Fill well with the egg, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire, parsley, cheese, and a little salt and pepper. Mix up meatball ingredients until well combined, yet not over-mixed. Divide mix into 4 equal parts, roll each part into 4 balls and space equally onto a nonstick baking sheet. Place meatballs in oven and roast about 12 minutes. Break a meatball open and make sure meat is cooked through before removing from the oven.
  3. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and garlic. When garlic starts sizzling, add herbs and crushed pepper. Allow oil to infuse for half a minute, then stir in the tomatoes and season sauce with salt and pepper. Bring sauce to a bubble, reduce heat, and simmer until meatballs are removed from oven.
  4. Combine meatballs and sauce and pile into sub rolls, 4 meatballs per sub. Top with shredded cheese and place under subs under broiler to melt cheese. Top with shredded basil or arugula and serve with a pile of Oven Fries.

Oven Fries:

  1. Drizzle potatoes with a generous pour of extra-virgin olive oil. Toss potatoes with seasoning blend or coarse salt and pepper. Place potatoes on a nonstick baking sheet and roast 20 minutes or until just tender. Give the baking sheet a good shake after 10 minutes to avoid sticking.
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