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 Meatballsand 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.

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.

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (I used 93/7)
  • 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 fresh 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 skillet and place the cooked meatballs in the mushroom marinara.

  • 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 cheese – watch carefully so don’t burn. Top with basil and serve. Enjoy!

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31 Responses to “Meatball Sandwich”

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    karuna — September 3, 2008 @ 5:58 am

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

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    HoneyB — September 3, 2008 @ 8:41 am

    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!

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    recipes2share — September 3, 2008 @ 9:18 am

    Me too, my tummy is rumbling as I read!

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    Beth — September 3, 2008 @ 11:30 am

    These look so good. My hubby would be well happy if I served this up. Im bookmarking this one

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    Aggie — September 3, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

    Oh my….these look awesome!! I could eat a meatball sandwich any day. Your sandwich looks delicious!!

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    Cheryl — September 3, 2008 @ 2:27 pm

    I am drooling! that looks amazing!

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — September 3, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

    Do you deliver… OMG that looks so amazing. The Hubby would eat this up in a minute!!

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    Marjie — September 3, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

    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!

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    nicole — September 3, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

    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.:)

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    Amy — September 3, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

    Oooh, these look great! Your marinara recipe sounds fantastic!

    -Amy
    http://www.singforyoursupperblog.com

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    Grace — September 3, 2008 @ 6:53 pm

    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.

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    Maria — September 3, 2008 @ 7:02 pm

    What a hearty sandwich. I just made mushroom marinara to go with our ravioli! It was tasty! I love mushrooms!

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    Adam — September 3, 2008 @ 7:33 pm

    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 :)

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    Pam — September 3, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

    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!

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    RiverMist — September 3, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

    that looks delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Hannah a.k.a.Topiary Lady — September 4, 2008 @ 12:56 am

    I just made meatballs last night, what a delicious idea for leftovers!

    http://www.thetopiarylady.blogspot.com

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    Poise Daily — September 4, 2008 @ 2:14 am

    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..

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    [eatingclub] vancouver || js — September 4, 2008 @ 5:22 am

    Whoa! That sandwich looks amazing!

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    Ashley — September 4, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

    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 :)

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    Dawn — September 4, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

    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.

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    Deborah — September 4, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

    Yeah, I can’t resist a meatball sandwich, and this one looks amazing!

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    ~Priscilla~ — September 4, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

    wow, this looks so good! i know what i am making for dinner this weekend! thanks pam.

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    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen — September 4, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

    That, right there, is a thing of beauty.

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    Kevin — September 5, 2008 @ 2:43 am

    That sandwich looks great!

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    Paula — September 5, 2008 @ 2:44 am

    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! :-)

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    mikky — September 5, 2008 @ 9:19 am

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

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    Kitchen Flavours — September 6, 2008 @ 7:01 pm

    Looks divine.

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    Jane — September 8, 2008 @ 3:40 am

    Oh my.
    I’ve really got to try this!

    I’m a first time visitor.
    Your site looks so nice!

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    Anonymous — October 1, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

    When trying to get the printable version of this recipe, a pasta recipe comes up!

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    Pam — October 1, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

    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!

    Pam

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    Michael Paskevicius — October 6, 2008 @ 6:23 am

    Made this last night and it was so delicious! Great flavors from the sauce!

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