Best Homemade Meatball Subs

Meatball Subs

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meatball Subs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 2100 kcal
These easy, cheesy, hearty meatball subs are a great family meal to serve on a busy weeknight or for the big game!


  • 20 Armour Italian style meatballs thawed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup of onion diced
  • 2 large cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasonings
  • ½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 32 ounce can of crushed tomatoes if you like a smoother sauce, use tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of red cooking wine
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of a dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 4 white bolillo rolls
  • 4 pieces of provolone cheese
  • 1-2 cups of shredded whole milk mozzarella


  1. In a large pan, saute diced onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add Italian seasonings and crushed red pepper and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Slowly add the crushed tomatoes, red wine, salt, brown sugar and tomato paste. Simmer on low for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the thawed meatballs and simmer on low for another 5 minutes (if using frozen meatballs, allow to simmer until warmed all the way through).
  5. In a small microwave safe bowl add butter and chopped garlic. Place in the microwave for 1 minute on 40% power. Remove half way and stir. When the butter is completely melted, stir in Italian seasonings and red pepper flakes.
  6. Cut the bolillo rolls in half. Brush with garlic butter on the inside and outside of the rolls.
  7. Place the rolls, cut side facing up on a baking sheet. Broil until the bread starts to brown.
  8. Remove the rolls from the oven. Cut each slice of provolone cheese in half and place on the bottom roll. Place the meatballs on top. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella on the meatballs and the second slice of bread.
  9. Bake at 400 until cheese is bubbly and melted. Remove from oven and place the tops on the sandwiches. Serve with the remaining marinara sauce.

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Nutrition Facts
Meatball Subs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2100
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.