Meatball Sub Recipe

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This meatball sub recipe is one of our families favorite recipes. The kids don’t know it’s made with turkey instead of beef!

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Just a few ingredients is all you need and you’ll be enjoying these meatballs subs in under 30 minutes! This sub is flavorful (try not to eat all the meatballs by themselves, it’s a challenge they are so delicious!), cheesy and saucy!

Related Recipe: Turkey Meatballs

If you are entertaining guests, meatballs subs will feed a crowd! Simply double or triple the meatball recipe and you’ve got a budget friendly recipe that will feed the party goers.

Ingredients for Meatball Sub Recipe

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  • ground turkey
  • garlic
  • red pepper flakes
  • red onion
  • mozzarella
  • eggs
  • basil
  • salt and pepper
  • marinara sauce
  • sub rolls

How to Make a Meatball Sub at Home

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In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients: turkey, garlic, red pepper flakes, onion, cheese, eggs, basil, salt and pepper. Then using your hands mix until just combined.

Shape the mixture into a round shape and divide evenly. You can get 10-12 1 1/2″ meatballs or more for smaller sized meatballs. The choice is yours!

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Add olive oil to a large skillet over high heat. Add the meatballs and carefully sear on all sides, turning gently with tongs to help hold their shape.

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When the meatballs have a nice brown sear on all sides, add in the marinara sauce and reduce the heat to love. You’ll want to cover with a lid so the sauce doesn’t splatter.

Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through. They should register 165° with an instant read thermometer.

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Preheat the broiler to high. Slice the sub rolls in half and brush the cut sides with olive oil. Cover the cut sides of the rolls with cheese and place directly on the top rack under the broiler, cheese side up, and broil for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Be sure to keep an eye on this step to not brown or burn the cheese.

Fill the toasted sub with meatballs and sauce!

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Yield: 4

Meatball Sub Recipe

Meatball Sub Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/8 c basil, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 24 oz. jar marinara sauce
  • 4 sub rolls
  • 4 slices of provolone or shredded mozzarella

Instructions

In a large bowl, add all of the meatball ingredients: turkey, garlic, red pepper flakes, onion, cheese, eggs, basil, salt and pepper. Next, using your hands mix until just combined.

Shape the mixture into a round shape and divide evenly. You can get 10-12 1 1/2" meatballs or more for smaller sized meatballs. The choice is yours!

Add olive oil to a large skillet over high heat. Add the meatballs and carefully sear on all sides, turning gently with tongs to help hold their shape.

Allow to cook for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through, turning to cook on all sides. They should register 165° with an instant read thermometer.

Add in the marinara sauce and cover. Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes until meatballs are cooked through and marinara heats through.

Preheat the broiler. Slice the sub roll in half and spread olive oil over the cut sides of the bread. Place cheese and meatballs on the bottom slice of the roll. Broil for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted.

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