Classic Italian Meatball Sub

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in blog, recipes, Uncategorized

I think March is sort of an awkward month, especially in Chicago. Yesterday, I woke up to birds chirping and the sun shining in my room at 7:00am. That made me so happy, that I’m sure you could imagine my extreme disappointment when I looked at the weather…and saw it was only 6 degrees outside.

So, I decided to cheer myself up with some Italian comfort food: a classic Meatball Sub. It managed to cheer me up so much that I decided to share it with you all today! Also, trust me on this, it tastes even better smothered in Mama Jess Garden Organic Pasta Sauce.

The homemade meatballs are my mom’s recipe and they are so juicy and delicious, that I’m surprised she didn’t want me to keep the recipe a secret. Here’s what you need to do:

First, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Sauté the finely diced onion until soft and put in a large mixing bowl. Into the same bowl, add the rest of the ingredients except for the mozzarella cheese, Mama Jess Sauce, and the rolls (obviously). Combine well, kneading the mixture together with your hands until everything is mixed in well together.

Looking at this photo, they look like cookies…

Using an ice cream scoop for sizing (or just eyeballing, like I did), roll the mixture into small, even sized balls and place them on to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the fat has started to drip on to the baking sheet. This means they will be nice and juicy!

To assemble the sandwich, I recommend toasting your roll, open faced first. Then, place the meatballs inside the roll, smother in Mama Jess sauce (emphasis on “smother”), and cover that in shredded mozzarella cheese. I now highly recommend putting this sandwich back into the oven to bake until the cheese melts and browns a little bit. Then, let me tell you, do you have a sandwich!

Now I think we can all enjoy this until Spring finally arrives!

Xoxo, Claire and the Mamas at Mama Jess

Classic Italian Meatball Sub
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
For the Meatballs
  1. 1 lb organic, grass fed ground beef
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  4. 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  5. 1/2 onion, finely diced
  6. 2 tbsp garlic powder
  7. 2 tbsp salt
  8. 2 tbsp pepper
For the sandwich
  1. Rolls (I used Kaiser Rolls)
  2. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  3. 1/2 jar Mama Jess Garden Organic Pasta Sauce
For the Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Saute diced onion until soft, place into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Place all of the meatball ingredients into the large mixing bowl, and use your hands to combine everything together.
  4. Roll into small, even sized balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the fat has started to bubble on the baking sheet, that is when they are the juiciest!
To Assemble the Sandwich
  1. Toast the roll, open faced.
  2. Place desired number of meatballs on toasted roll.
  3. Smother in Mama Jess Sauce.
  4. Cover in shredded mozzarella cheese.
  5. Place back in the oven to bake until the cheese bubbles and browns.
  6. Serve warm, and enjoy!
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