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Open-Faced Meatball Subs Recipe

Open-Faced Meatball Subs Recipe

My husband and I love classic meatball subs, but I wanted to create a version that's fast to fix after a long day. This recipe comes together in a snap, and the meatballs are freezer-friendly as well.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash salt
  • 1-1/4 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cups garden-style pasta sauce
  • 4 hoagie buns, split
  • 2 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 40 meatballs. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, brown meatballs in batches; drain.
  • 2. Place meatballs in a large saucepan. Add pasta sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Spoon meatballs and sauce onto bun halves; sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 277 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 506mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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saw-whet User ID: 2849135 272883
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2017

"very good"

Peaches_77 User ID: 4311371 209511
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"Yummy! My first stab at a meatball sub - turned out great, recipe was easy, and my husband surely loved it!"

stinkaroo User ID: 3363772 158797
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"this isour favourite recipe from the comfort food diet book,very easy to make,tastes great."

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