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Italian Meatball Subs Recipe

Italian Meatball Subs Recipe

This is one of those recipes you always come back to. 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 Glacken, Elkton, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:6-7 servings


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup whole 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


  • 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. Preheat broiler. Place meatballs in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. 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, 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 482 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 1545mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 27g protein.

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 217947
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015

"I thought these were ok. I typically will make my family meatball recipe ahead of time or buy frozen, use jarred sauce, heat, and assemble sandwiches, toasting in the oven, for a quick meal. This was not any better than that method. Sauce was just ok."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 24622
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"These were delicious and I loved how I could just throw them in the slow cooker. I did make a healthier choice with these and used ground turkey instead of ground beef and I served them along side sweet potato fries. I will definitely be making these again!"

punkb94 User ID: 4813030 23786
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?"

brandangelak User ID: 3566870 69159
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!"

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 24620
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."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 47866
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."

joniotto User ID: 1827180 49339
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!"

skschwarz User ID: 1786133 64888
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"I have a family of picky eaters & this was a HIT! It was also so simple to make. I love that it cooks in the crockpot & is ready when we are ready to eat! It is def one to add to our 'favorites' cookbook!!!"

Monarchsmomma User ID: 1811632 49244
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2010

"Reviewed on Aug. 29, 2010 by Monarchsmomma

Very Good! I covered the baking sheet that I broiled the meatballs on with foil, makes for easier clean up. We sprinked a little thinly sliced mozzarella on top. Thanks for sharing!"

mandyclemmons User ID: 2150484 30942
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"This was by far the best recipe for a meatball sub. I have searched and searched and went through countless cookbooks. This had the best taste. I used the beef broth and it was delicious! My kids are picky and it was a thumbs up for two out of three of them and my husband said it was delicious! Works for me!"

Egavas21 User ID: 3791057 69157
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"this was delicious! definitely going to make it again."

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