This healthier version of a Meatball Sub is hands down one of my favorite sandwiches of all time. And, more importantly, my whole family from ages 1 to 40 loves it! That’s a rare treat at this stage of life. Not only is this Meatball Sub Sandwich delicious, but like many of my recipes, it’s full of hidden veggies. Bonus!
Here’s what I did to make our healthier Meatball Sub:
2) Next, I split and toasted some whole wheat rolls or subs under the broiler for 1 minute. I’ve used both, as you’ll see in these pictures.
3) Now on to putting together your delectable sandwich.
- First a meatball (or two if you’re using a sub) on top of the toasted bread. You may have to cut them in half if they don’t fit easily on your sub roll.
- Next top the meatballs with either our Homemade Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce or an all-natural or organic sauce from the store. I like Newman’s Own Marinara because of its simple ingredients, great flavor, and affordable price.
- Lastly, lay 1 slice of Provolone or Mozzarella cheese (cut it in pieces to fit) over the top of the sauce.
4) Toast your sandwich in a 350 degree F oven until sandwich is warmed through and cheese is melted–about 5-10 minutes.
Fast Week Night Tip: To make these on busy week nights, I make a huge batch of meatballs and sauce in advance on the weekend. Then, the sauce and meatballs are ready to go. Putting the sandwich together and toasting it takes less than 15 minutes that way! I freeze any sauce and meatballs are leftover or use them over spaghetti the next night.
- 4 whole wheat subs or 8 dinner rolls
- 12-16 cooked meatballs
- 1 ½ cups marinara sauce
- 6 slices Provolone cheese
- 1) Preheat the broiler. Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- 2) Split open and lay subs or rolls open on the sheet pan. Toast under the broiler for about 1 minute. Watch closely so they don’t burn.
- 3) Turn oven to 350 degrees F.
- 3) While oven preheats, put together sandwiches like this:
- - Add 3-4 meatballs on the subs or 1-2 on dinner rolls. If needed, cut some of the meatballs in half to fit on your sub roll.
- - Top with enough marinara sauce to cover meatballs.
- - Lay Provolone slices over the top of the sauce, so sandwiches are entirely covered. If needed, cut slices in half to fit properly.
- 4) Toast sandwiches until sandwich is warmed through and cheese is melted--about 5-10 minutes.
- Freeze cooked meatballs, sauce, cheese, and subs all in freezer bags. Be sure to remove as much air as possible from the bags.
- Thaw in the fridge overnight or, for a quicker method, run (tightly closed) freezer bags under cold water. Do not defrost in the microwave. Then, follow cooking instructions. If meatballs are still slightly frozen, cover sandwiches with foil (so they don’t burn) and warm longer in the oven until heated through.
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