Meatball Subs #SundaySupper

Is is sad to admit that I’d never eaten Meatball Subs till I worked on this post? My boys love to order these when they’re at a sub shop, so I knew they were big fans. Now I am, too!

Meatball Subs | A marvelous sandwich filled with plump meatballs, marinara and melted Provalone

Meatball Subs

I have always loved meatballs, so it was no surprise when I fell hard for these meatball subs topped with gooey, melted Provolone cheese. The large meatballs flavored with Italian seasonings were tasty on their own, but they truly shined served on a brioche bun with a simple marinara and cheese.

Meatball Subs | A marvelous sandwich filled with plump meatballs, marinara and melted Provalone

Nothing But Options

For a lighter version, I served myself a mini version of these meatball subs on small whole wheat rolls. Mozzarella would be a delicious topper, too, and feel free to put your cheese on first and let the hot meatballs do the melting for you. I’m going to have to make these again when Nick is home for spring break. And we’ll invite big brother, Tom, over to enjoy them, too. I have a feeling they’ll love them as much as Bill and I did. And if you’re a fan of meatballs, scroll down to see all the terrific meatball recipes below.

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Meatball Subs #SundaySupper

Serves 8 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cheese topped meatball subs are a deli classic you can make at home! : Entree, Sandwich Cuisine: Italian, American Author: Liz Berg Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 45 mins Serves: 8 servings A sub sandwich loaded with meatballs, <g class="gr_ gr_181 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="181" data-gr-id="181">marinara</g> and Provolone!



    • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
    • 3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
    • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
    • 2 eggs, whisked slightly
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    For Sandwiches

    • 8 sub rolls or hot dog buns
    • 2 cups marinara sauce
    • 8 slices Provolone cheese


    1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheet with foil and set aside (for easier clean up).
    2. In a mixing bowl, add all the meatball ingredients. Mix gently with your hands till well combined. Using a medium cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons), scoop out rounds of meat and shape into balls. Place on baking sheet.
    3. Bake for about 20 minutes or till cooked through.
    4. Warm marinara sauce and toast buns if desired. Add the meatballs to the warmed sauce.
    5. To make subs, spoon 3 meatballs and sauce onto buns. Top with cheese and return to oven for a couple minutes to melt the cheese. Serve immediately.


    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 430kcal Calories from fat 149
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 17g26%
    Saturated Fat 8g40%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 117mg39%
    Sodium 938mg39%
    Carbohydrate 35g12%
    Dietary Fiber 3g12%
    Sugars 7g
    Protein 35g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g
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    1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

      Wow, I could have used this round-up back when my PIGskin Challenge was 17 weeks of meatballs! Your sandwich sounds great and I’m sure the boys will love it:@)

    2. Meatballs are one of my favorite things to eat. Olivia adores them now too. I add them to subs when Mr. J decides that he is all meatballed out. Somehow the sandwich version makes it better.

    3. I love that you enjoyed a mini version! Meatballs are a favorite of ours around here and we’d love your version of a meatball sandwich!

    4. You know I don’t think I have had one either but these look good!

    5. Nothing like a great meatball sandwich! Love that cheesy top!

    6. Mary Hirsch says:

      It’s sad to admit that I do eat meatball subs, something I consider a sin, calorie wise. I sometimes order one when I’m out as a real treat. Now, I can be good to myself and make my own. Rather that’s a good idea or bad one, I’m still happy to have your post today.

    7. I love making spaghetti and meatballs and having enough leftover for subs the next day.

    8. I’ve never had a meatball sub, but that melty cheese is luring me in!

    9. These look SO delicious, Liz! My husband orders meatballs a lot too and I can’t wait to make them at home for him now. Love that melty cheese!

    10. I would love to pick that up and sink my teeth right into it!!

    11. I’m not sure why I don’t make meatball subs more often. They’re SO good!

    12. After reading your recipe for meatballs, Liz, I would swear that you grew up with these meatball sandwiches just like I did. I’m sure that your Bill was just as happy to eat them as mine was . . . seriously heavy man-food. Maybe they are related! I like how you prepared yours for a lighter version! This was a fun theme!

    13. Hi Liz, these look delicious, my husband would go crazy if I prepared something like this for him. Love that you served these on a brioche bun.

    14. I am a fan of meatball subs too!. These look yummy. I could go for one right now.

    15. Your meatball subs look fantabulous! Better even than the ones I remember from childhood when visiting my mother in Cambridge, MA. (And that’s a big compliment!)

    16. Meatball subs are a regular when we have a big group of friends over. It’s so easy to just fill the crock pot with meatballs and let everyone build their own. Yours look fantastic!

    17. Can a meatball sandwich be sexy? Because those certainly look amazing! Yum!

    18. Meatball subs turn up here every once in a while if I have leftovers from a spaghetti and meatball dinner. They are always a huge hit.

    19. aghhh I so so so need to make meatball subs at home! I love ’em and these ones look amazinggg

    20. A mini for me and maxi for my guys! I’m a bit weary of my routine menu and this is the perfect choice for shaking things up a bit.

    21. This is also an amazing recipe for leftover meatballs. Plus, we can use your recipe both for meatballs with pasta as well as for the sandwiches:) Drooling over those photos Liz, excellent work!
      Have a great week ahead dear!

    22. Those meatballs are gigantic and look awesome!


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