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Italian Meatball Subs Recipe
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Italian Meatball Subs Recipe

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"This is one of those recipes you always come back to," says Jean Glacken from Elkton, Maryland. A flavorful tomato sauce and mildly spiced meatballs make a hearty sandwich filling, or they can be served over pasta. "I broil the meatballs first to quickly brown them," Jean notes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:6-7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 6-7 servings


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 to 7 Italian rolls, split
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 482 calories, 21 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 131 mg cholesterol, 1,545 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine eggs and milk; add the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add beef and sausage; mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 4 minutes; turn and broil 3 minutes longer.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine the tomato sauce and paste, onion, green pepper, wine or broth, water and seasonings; pour over meatballs. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Serve on rolls. Sprinkle with shredded cheese if desired. Yield: 6-7 servings.
Originally published as Italian Meatball Subs in Quick Cooking November/December 1998, p17

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 482 calories, 21 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 131 mg cholesterol, 1,545 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein.

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

I have a question, Could I roll the meatballs the day before, refrigerate and then broil and place in crock pot next day?

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

The meatballs for this sandwich were so tender and juicy! I was worried they might dry out in the crock pot, but they were moist and had a lot of flavor. The sauce was also delicious. Even my 8-year-old, who hates anything in tomato sauce, went back for more! I served these on whole wheat french rolls, but next time I think I'll serve them either by themselves or over pasta - the bread just wasn't necessary. They are that good!

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

This is an excellent recipe. I did not use any salt because I have high blood pressure, but it did not need it. I added grated low-fat mozzarella to the sandwiches. Next time I plan to put the mozzarella on the buns and broil them for a minute or so before adding the meatballs.

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

Very good and flavorful! This recipe is a keeper and will be making it again. This was easy to put together and I love using the crockpot.

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

I've never had much luck with meatballs....they were either too dry or fell apart or were I almost didn't try this recipe, but I'm so glad that I did! These were easy to make up and just took a few minutes to brown under the broiler. I love the fact that you finish cooking them in the crock pot in the sauce - keeping them tender & juicy. I used lean ground beef along with the sausage and they had such a good flavor. I may add a jar of pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce next time just so we will have a little extra for the subs. I also used quick release foil on the broiler pan for a fast clean-up. Thanks for the great recipe!

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