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Meatball Sandwich

Meatball Sandwich

Who can resist a meatball sandwich? The moist and tender meatballs, the tangy sauce, the gooey cheese, and the soft bread. It’s a perfect combination of flavors and textures. A while back I made Baked Penne with Meatballs and the whole time I made the dish I was thinking about how perfect the sauce and meatballs would be for a meatball sandwich. Well, I made the meatballs and sauce again but this time I made sandwiches. They were hearty, so full of flavor, and delicious. The kids gobbled them up and my husband was one happy man.

How to Make a Meatball Sandwich:

Mushroom Marinara:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 6 oz of button or cremini mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and mushrooms and saute until tender; add the garlic and cook for 60 seconds, stirring frequently. Add the remaining ingredients. Simmer for at least 2 hours.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 7 button mushrooms, diced finely
  • 1/4 sweet yellow onion, diced finely
  • 1/4 cup of Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed, crushed
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil (for cooking)

Put the onions, garlic, and mushrooms in a food processor to chop, otherwise, chop them as small as you can. Combine all ingredients (except for olive oil) together gently. Form into small meatballs and set aside.

Once the meatballs are prepared, heat a skillet over medium heat with 1 tsp olive oil. Cook the meatballs until golden brown on all sides. Remove from the skillet and place the cooked meatballs in the mushroom marinara.

Meatball SandwichOther Ingredients:

  • Hoagie rolls
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Fresh basil, chopped

To assemble, place meatballs with some sauce in the hoagie rolls. Sprinkle the top with mozzarella and Parmesan. Place in a pan, under the broiler and melt the cheese – watch carefully so don’t burn. Top with basil and serve. Enjoy!

Meatball Sandwich

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  1. looks so tempting. i dont eat beef, but i am sure this can be substituted with lamb,or chicken.the mushroom marinara looks good

  2. I absolutely HAVE to try this. Grumpy would be so happy. At least for a little while 🙂

    This is an amazing photo. Makes me wish it was dinner time at 4:40 AM!

  3. I do love a good grinder (hoagie, sub or whatever they’re called in someone else’s neck of the world). Meat in marinara sauce with some cheese on top is just a slice of heaven! I like your chopped greens on top; they make the sandwich so photogenic!

  4. Ohhh I think this will be on next weeks menu. Gosh maybe I should stop my food blog because all I want to do is cook your food.:)

  5. yeah, i’d like to sink my teeth into this and just let the juice drip right down my chin. it looks phenomenal, pam. best sub ever.

  6. Oh my goodness, that sandwich is amazing. I love how it’s just bursting out from the seams… that’s the only way a real sandwich should be 🙂

  7. Yum! Your post reminded me of that old commercial, where someone went around saying..thatsa some spicy meatball. Anyone else old enough to remember that one!

  8. WOW- a meatball sand brings back some memories- I have not had one is over 15 years or more- thanks for posting this..it evoked good memories..

  9. It’s 9:30am here and you’ve got me thinking about lunch already… Mmmm.. those look absolutely outstanding.. I think this is what I just might make for dinner tonight 🙂

  10. This is what my hubby could eat everyday for the rest of his life. I try and make gourmet dishes and he is too fussy for them. I love meatball hoagies too, but no sauce, just cheese.
    You did such a wonderful job on these. I think I have to steal this recipe.

  11. Wow, wow, wow … this looks so amazingly good. I love every aspect of what you’ve done here, and the results are not only photogenic, but also sooooo appetizing. Please feed me! 🙂

  12. Wow… perfect timing… my kid has this thing about meatballs right now… thanks for sharing this recipe… looks so good 🙂

  13. Anonymous,

    Thank you so much for the heads up. I just fixed the problem and it should now link to the meatball sandwich recipe. Thanks again!