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Italian Meatball Subs

(4 Votes)
40 Min

Our good friends who own an Italian restaurant in New York shared a tip with us that we use over and over. Instead of dry bread crumbs in your homemade meatballs, use cut-up slices of white bread. Your meatballs will come out moister and tastier.

What You'll Need

  • 1 (26-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 slices white bread, cut up
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 (6-inch) hoagie rolls, split

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, combine 1/3 cup spaghetti sauce, ground beef, bread, onion, Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley, and garlic powder; mix well. Shape into sixteen 2-inch meatballs.
  2. Meanwhile, in a soup pot, bring remaining spaghetti sauce to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add meatballs, cover, and simmer 25 to 30 minutes, or until no pink remains in meatballs.
  3. Place meatballs in rolls, top with sauce, and serve.


Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 540
  • Calories from Fat 226
  • Total Fat 25g 39 %
  • Saturated Fat 9.5g 48 %
  • Trans Fat 1.1g 0 %
  • Protein 39g 77 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 129mg 43 %
  • Sodium 1,798mg 75 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 69g 23 %
  • Dietary Fiber 7.7g 31 %
  • Sugars 14g 0 %

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Great hint about the meatballs--THAT explains why my meatballs were always a little dry! Also...just because I like ooey, gooey cheese on my meatball subs, I would probably grate some mozzarella or provolone on top rather than the Parmesan.

These are the best meatballs. Love them.

Loved these meatballs. They were so easy to make. Very moist and flavorful. They were great in subs and we've also had them with spaghetti. My picky son even loved them and asked me to make them my regular meatball recipe.

Made this recipe, but I browned my meatballs and then I placed them in the sauce...did not feel right mixing raw meatballs and sauce together. Other than that my kids loved it, quick and easy to make and very good.


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