This meatball sub sandwich recipe is one of my favorite quick and easy recipes. It’s not a traditional meat “ball” recipe as I never really form the meat into balls. I always find meatballs difficult to eat in a sandwich anyway. At some point, a meatball always winds up rolling out of my sandwich. This version of the meatball sub is delicious and without that issue. It’s much less time consuming also. This recipe will make enough meat for around three 6” meatball subs. It really depends on how much meat you stuff inside.
- 1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 tsp black pepper (use 1/8 tsp if you don't like much pepper)
- a 24 oz jar your favorite spaghetti meat sauce (I only used maybe 21 oz of it)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- freshly grated mozzarella cheese (As much as you like)
- freshly grated parmesan cheese (As much as you like)
- A couple 12" long soft white baguettes
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
In a mixing bowl add the ground beef or turkey, whole egg, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and breadcrumbs.
Mix everything together.
In a large skillet on medium heat add the olive oil. Once the pan is hot add the meat mixture and flatten it in the pan. Use the back of a wooden spoon to poke holes into the meat. This will allow the meat to cook quicker. You can also use a spatula to section off the meat as seen in the photo on the left.
Once the meat has lost most of the pink color around the outside edges, go ahead and flip the sections of meat over. They should be a nice brown color. I this point I usually use a new spatula. Let the other side of the meat cook for another few minutes. If you used ground turkey, the internal temperature should hit 165 degreed Fahrenheit. If ground beef, 160 degrees.
Once the meat is fully cooked, use the new spatula to chop the meat up into 1" chucks. Then add in your favorite spaghetti sauce and grate in as much parmesan cheese as you like. If you want to make your own spaghetti meat sauce try this spaghetti meat sauce recipe. If you use a jar of sauce, you will use most of the spaghetti sauce minus 1/2 cup or so. You don't want the meat drowning in sauce.
Mix everything well and turn the heat down to simmer. You want the sauce to thicken up.
A good meatball sub sandwich needs good bread. I usually get a couple soft baguette style loaves from a local subway type sandwich shop.
What I do is hollow out each side of the baguette by scraping the extra bread out. This forms a nice trough to hold the meat and sauce.
Now, since the meat is soft, I toast the bread so that there is a nice contrast in texture. It really does make all the difference. Once the bread is toasted, scoop some meat into the trough you created in your bread. Then top your meatball sub sandwich with as much freshly grated mozzarella and parmesan cheese as you want. You can then add some sprigs of parsley or basil if you like.
You may also want to try using garlic toast as the bread. See this Garlic Cheese Bread Recipe to try.
Now that you have learned how to make meatball sub sandwich, please be sure to view these other beef recipes and these turkey recipes.
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