Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Recipe Club - Meatball Sub Edition

I feel like I should be sharing a grilled chicken recipe or some sort of fresh fruit salad or cold soup  - but instead I'm sharing Meatball Subs :)  Because they're THE BOMB and because they're one of my most requested meals from the boys in my house.




I found the recipe on Big Mamas blog years ago and have made it dozens of times since then.  I typically double the recipe since everyone in my house loves these and I'm a fan of leftovers.  Here is the single batch recipe...


I was out of garlic powder, so I omitted the salt and threw in garlic salt instead.
(Note: this is TWICE what you will need for a regular recipe)


Combine the meat, eggs and all of the dry ingredients.


I cover my pizza pan with foil and give it a quick spray with cooking spray.


Once everything is combined, form 3" (or so) meatballs.  I've found that using my 1/3 measuring cup portions out the perfect amount.



Bake the meatballs at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Flip them over and then bake for another 5 minutes.


Have the sauce simmering on the stove and then just pop the meatballs in the sauce until you are ready to serve.  I will typically prep this in the afternoon and let them simmer until dinnertime.  


My kids aren't really able to "handle" a meatballs sandwich yet (holy, mess!) so I cut them up for them and serve them with the roll on the side.



I will typically broil the rolls in the oven to get them toasty and then cut the meatballs in half and put them right on top.  Extra sauce and cheese on top and you're ready to go!  

If you don't feel like subs two nights in a row, there's always lots of sauce left over and some nights I'll cook a bit of pasta and serve the meatballs and sauce over that.


So my question is this... I've never made homemade marinara sauce.  Do any of y'all have a great recipe for some?  This is something that I'd LOVE to try, but would love to attempt a "tried and true" recipe if possible. 

Enjoy!!!

   
   

24 comments:

  1. Yummy!!!! This makes me hungry for a meatball sub before 5:30!!

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  2. My first time linking up! Thanks for this, Andrea! I love seeing what everyone is cooking! Have a great day :)

    Lauren
    www.postgradinprogress.blogspot.com

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  3. I've NEVER had a meatball sub! What is wrong with me? These look delish!

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  4. Goodness! A meatball sub sounds so good right now! (And it's only 6:00 am!) If I come over in my pjs, will you make me one???

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  5. Meatball subs, a favorite in our house. Yum! On another note, did you ever get my email regarding designing cards?

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  6. Check out my post on classic homemade sauces - you will find three different sauces, easy on there if your interested.

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  7. Yum!! I love a good meatball sub!! Delicious!! :)

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  8. I have a sauce recipe from my grandma! I will email it to you this afternoon! It is so easy to make ...it just has to simmer on the stove for a while!

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  9. Pinned these subs...they look delish!

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  10. I'm lazy - I just buy jarred sauce, add a big handful of Italian spice and toss in a Parmesan rind and let it simmer for a half hour - you'd never know it was from a jar!

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  11. Holy yum! Dinner tonight :) And this is by far the best and easiest marinara you can make. I typically double or even triple the recipe and freeze in a plastic bag to use later. I also usually add some sort of whole peeled can of tomatoes and break them down b/c I like the consistency. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/09/quick-marinara-sauce.html

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  12. Okay, these subs look AMAZING. My boys would totally gobble them up too. Thanks!

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  13. Oh my gosh YUM...meatball subs were always one of my favorite comforts as a kid! I need to try this instead of just using frozen meatballs. It looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I actually like meatballs in the summer. I make a big batch and throw them in the freezer then throw everything in the slow cooker at some point during the day. It 's a super easy meal on a busy summer day. I even freeze the extra marinara. I have a recipe we like on my blog, it's gluten/dairy/egg free but obviously that doesn't matter for marinara.

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  15. These look so good! Love the idea of doing the meatballs with the bread on the side of you don't want a full sub! I do actually have a crock pot spaghetti sauce recipe (just omit the turkey sausage if you want without meat). Trying to post the link... http://www.brighteyesandbushytales.com/2011/06/gettin-saucy.html?m=1

    Have a great day! :)

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  16. I love meatball subs. Try making your sub and then wrap it in aluminum foil (kind of twist the foil at the top so it doesn't touch the cheese) and put it in the oven for a few min...the cheese will melt, the bread will soften just a bit, and they will taste soooo yummy. It kind of takes the flavor to a whole 'notha level for me! :)

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  17. I have a fabulous recipe for sauce.... I got it from The Pioneer Woman. It makes a ton which is great for freezing. You can half it as well...but it's seriously delicious!!
    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2012/09/spaghetti-sauce/
    I love her lasagna as well....I make that and freeze it too - SO good!
    If you don't love meaty sauces, you can eliminate or not use as much....but either way - the flavor is awesome!
    ~Tiffany~

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  18. YUM! We tend to be meat lovers in our house so these are perfect! Thanks for sharing Andrea!

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  19. Andrea, this looks so amazing!!!!! Meatballs always sounds good :)

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  20. Here's a semi homemade sauce I like to use instead of jar every once in a while...2 cans tomato sauce (regular size...15 oz-ish) plus a medium to large can of crushed tomatoes. Throw in some salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried basil, and a little sugar. I also like to saute an onion (minced finely) in a little olive oil before I add the above ingredients. You could also buy the cans I mentioned that are already pre-seasoned and add any extra to taste. I don't measure, I just throw it together. I like about a tsp or two of sugar. Sometimes I add chopped mushrooms with the onion too. Hope that made sense.

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  21. Those subs look delicious! Giada De Laurentiis has an amazing marinara sauce...http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/marinara-sauce-recipe2.html

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  22. These look so yummy--just like all of your food! I only make homemade sauce, and it's so easy! I soften a diced onion in olive oil, then add garlic. After that cooks for a minute or two, I add in a large can (28 oz.) of crushed tomatoes. Then, I add the spices--salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and sugar. The sugar helps cut the acidity of the tomatoes and adds a sweetness. I stir everything together, text the seasonings, and add in any more if needed. Then, it simmers on the stove for 30 minutes to several hours--depending upon when I start it and when dinner is! If I'm making meat sauce, I cook up Jimmy Dean sausage crumbling it as it cooks and use that instead of ground meat. It's so yummy! If you're not using the leftovers soon, you can freeze the remaining sauce. This homemade meat sauce (with the sausage) always gets me brownie points with my hubby! I hope this helps! Have a great day!

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  23. Yum! All this is going on my grocery list, and I'm thinking the meatballs will be the perfect freezer meal!

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