Favorite Meatball Sandwiches Recipe
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Favorite Meatball Sandwiches Recipe

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With all the cattle ranchers in our state, these sandwiches are a great way to use ground beef. I've done a lot of traveling and tried a lot of recipes, but I think this is one of the best I've ever tasted. It makes a hearty meal.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Rolls
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 402 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 913mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein .


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, onion and green pepper until the sausage is browned and the vegetables are tender; drain. Add the remaining sauce ingredients; bring to a boil. cover and simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the first 8 meatball ingredients; crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1 in. balls. Brown in oil; drain. Add to the sauce; cover and simmer for 2 hours. Serve on rolls. Top with cheese if desired. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Meatball Sandwiches in Country August/September 1994, p49

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jenwynn 38361
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"I make this at least every other week as we all love these meatballs and they just get better as leftovers. I serve with spaghetti & the sauce is just right. It is definitely a go-to recipe for potlucks as well as they are soooo good. The sausage really makes them excellent."

jenwynn 33507
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"Excellent! Just as good without the sub rolls. All the sausage really gives it great extra flavor."

ajscherer 38367
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"More Please!! I thought this did not look saucey enough...but it was perfect!! Will put this recipe in the "Family Cook Book.""

Wadwalk3 201466
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"These our for sure the best sandwiches. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Definitely a keeper. Will be a "go-to" for years to come."

stacienbob 20269
Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"Easy to make, excellent flavor."

karinmonahan 10191
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2008

"So good. My whole family loves it. It's hard to please everyone at once sometimes, but this dish does everytime I make it."

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