Meatball Marinara Sub

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This meatball marinara sub is an easy meal to make when you want something satisfying, quick, and easy. We all need these simple recipes that the whole family loves in our recipe box.

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Meatballs in tomato sauce with melty cheese on a lightly toasted baguette. These hearty Meatball Marinara Sub Sandwiches are a great meal to serve on a busy weeknight, or for when you need to feed a hungry crowd.  

Baked Meatball Sub Recipe

Yes, I said baked sub recipe. The meatballs are baked in a delicious spaghetti sauce topped with lots of melty cheese.

Spoon this over toasted baguettes and you have yourself the best version of a Subway copycat sandwich ever. Yes, this is just as good if not better.

Meatball Marinara Sub
Meatball Marinara Sub

Guess what? No one will ever know that you used frozen meatballs.

If you have any sauce left in the baking pan, spoon that into bowls and use that as extra dipping sauce. Just Scrumptious!

Frozen Meatballs and Marinara Sauce
Frozen Meatballs and Marinara Sauce

Can you cook frozen meatballs in sauce?

Yes, I just add the frozen meatballs to a baking dish and pour the sauce over the top. When the meatballs cook, some of their juice leaks out and adds to the complex flavors of the sauce. This is such an easy way to cook meatballs. Perfect for those times when you did not plan ahead for the meal.

Make the Marinara Sauce and Meatballs in a Slow Cooker

Just add the frozen meatballs and sauce to a slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1 ½ hours.

Just before serving you can add the shredded cheese to the slow cooker to melt or top the sub sandwiches with the cheese to melt just before you eat.

Baked Meatballs with Sauce and Melty Cheese
Baked Meatballs with Sauce and Melty Cheese

What Kind of Cheese is Good for Meatball Subs?

To help make these subs taste more like a hearty comfort food type of meal, I like to use a good melting cheese like mozzarella, provolone, gouda, or parmesan.

Saucy and Cheesy Meatball Sub
Saucy and Cheesy Meatball Sub

What Kind of Sauce Goes on a Meatball Sub?

I like to use a jarred spaghetti sauce, one that is loaded with vegetables. However, whatever your favorite jar of sauce is can be used. I often have one in my pantry for quick meals like this. If you prefer to make your own marinara sauce you certainly can.  

How do you reheat a meatball sub in the oven?

Just repeat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the sub on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake for 15 minutes. The bun will be toasty, and the meatballs and sauce will be hot.

Sub Sandwich Loaded with Lots of Meatballs
Sub Sandwich Loaded with Lots of Meatballs

What goes on a meatball marinara sub?

I prefer to keep things simple using just 5 ingredients. Frozen meatballs, marinara sauce, and shredded mozzarella.

Toppings for a Sub

These sandwiches are perfect just the way they are with the meatballs, marinara, and cheese. However, some prefer other toppings. Here are a few for you to try.

  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Pickles
  • Onions
  • Banana peppers
  • Jalapenos
  • Sriracha mayo sauce https://patternprincess.com/make-your-own-sriracha-mayo/
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Make This a Meal

Serve this along side an easy and fresh salad or coleslaw for a well-rounded meal.

Cilantro Lime Slaw

Three Bean Salad

Ramen Cabbage Salad

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It is so easy to place one or two meatballs on a small bun. Great to serve as a hearty quick snack or party appetizer.

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Meatball Marinara Sub

This meatball marinara sub is an easy meal to make when you want something satisfying, quick, and easy. We all need these simple recipes that the whole family loves in our recipe box. Meatballs in tomato sauce with melty cheese on a lightly toasted baguette. These hearty Meatball Marinara Sub Sandwiches are a great meal to serve on a busy weeknight, or for when you need to feed a hungry crowd. Baked Meatball Sub Recipe
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Sandwich
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: easy appetizer, easy meals, game day, meatballs, savory sandwich
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 558kcal

Ingredients

  • 26 ounces frozen meatballs I used an Italian style made with beef, pork, and chicken
  • 45 ounces spaghetti sauce I used Ragu Chunky Sauce Garden Combination
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 10 Hoagie Rolls
  • 10 Tablespoons Butter

Instructions

  • Place the meatballs in a 9 X 13 baking dish and pour the marinara sauce over the top.
  • Add the shredded mozzarella cheese and bake for 35 minutes until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling in an oven preheated to 375 degrees F.
  • While the meatballs are baking, cut the rolls almost in half lengthwise. Spread lots of butter to each roll spreading it on both halves. Place them on a baking sheet with the butter side up and bake for 15 minutes until they are lightly toasted.
  • To make the sandwiches, spoon meatballs in the center of the bun adding more sauce as needed.

Notes

If you have any sauce left in the baking pan, spoon that into bowls and use that as extra dipping sauce. Just Scrumptious!

How do you reheat a meatball sub in the oven?

Just repeat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the sub on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake for 15 minutes. The bun will be toasty, and the meatballs and sauce will be hot.

Turn these Into Sliders

It is so easy to place one or two meatballs on a small bun. Great to serve as a hearty quick snack or party appetizer.

Nutrition

Calories: 558kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1145mg | Potassium: 663mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 719IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 13mg

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