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Italian Meatball Hoagies

My sister and I often prepare the meals for out busy family of eight. We like recipes that are easy to prepare yet filling. Served with a salad, these sandwiches are satisfying.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups crushed saltines (about 60 crackers)
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 submarine sandwich buns (about 6 inches), split
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and sprinkle with cracker crumbs; mix gently. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place in ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Drain on paper towels.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, parsley and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat; add meatballs. Reduce heat; add meatballs. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve meatballs and sauce on buns. Top with mozzarella cheese if desired.

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