This amazing meatball sub recipe uses baked meatballs, garlic butter, and your favorite prepared four cheese pasta sauce to create an incredible sandwich. Every part of this recipe could be bought at the store or made from scratch if you're feeling fancy, it's up to you!
Is there any sub sandwich more classic than the meatball sub? Cheesy, meaty, and crispy, every single bite of this sub (or hoagie, whatever you prefer to call it!) leaves you feeling full and satisfied.
Using both garlic butter and four cheese pasta sauce obviously makes this pretty rich, but you will appreciate that extra layer of flavor as soon as you bite into it. Most recipes use a marinara sauce, but the kids have voted unanimously that their favorite 4 cheese pasta sauce is a lot better, and I agree!
Ingredients for A Meatball Sub
- Garlic Butter
- Hoagie bun (or whatever your favorite sandwich roll is)
- Baked meatballs
- Provolone cheese
- Four cheese pasta sauce
How to Make A Meatball Sub
- Spread the garlic butter over the hoagie.
- Broil the buns for 2-3 minutes until crispy and the butter has melted.
- Prepare your pasta sauce according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Cover your meatballs in the sauce and scoop onto the bun.
- Sprinkle cheese on the meatballs and toast until bubbly, and it is as brown as you like it.
What Kind of Bread Should You Use for A Meatball Sub?
The typical bread for a meatball sub is the standard submarine roll, also called a hoagie roll or a hero.
Long, thin, and pillowy, a sub roll is a simple white bread roll that holds onto sauce and serves as an excellent meatball delivery system.
But you don't have to use it! If you particularly love harder, more flavorful breads, you could use something like a French baguette instead. You could also make it with a brioche loaf or even a wholemeal roll. As long as the bread isn't too rich and can hold onto sauce well, it should do fine.
Do You Have To Use Provolone Cheese?
Provolone cheese is the traditional ingredient for a meatball sub, but if you hate it, you don’t have to use it!
Any good melting cheese would do fine here. For a stringy, toothsome meatball sub, you could use mozzarella instead. Or, if you want something a little spicier and more flavorful, some pepper jack cheese would go really nicely as well.
You could add something like a good quality cheddar or some gouda, but all of the nice flavors those cheeses would bring would get lost in the four cheese pasta sauce.
Stick to good melting cheeses without a ton of natural flavor, and your sandwich will thank you for it.
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- Main Course, Sandwiches
- American, Italian
- 1 subs
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 tablespoon garlic butter
- 1 hoagie / sub bun
- 6 baked meatballs
- 1/4 cup provolone cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup four cheese pasta sauce
- Soften the garlic butter and spread over the hoagie. Broil the buns for 2-3 minutes until crispy and the butter has melted.
- Prepare/heat the pasta sauce per manufacturer instructions in a large pot with the meatballs, making sure they are heated to at least 165 °F.
- Scoop meatballs onto the sub / hoagie bun, fitting in as many as you want.
- Sprinkle the shredded provolone on top of the meatballs. Place on a baking sheet.
- Toast to desired level again in toaster oven or regular oven. You can make many subs at one time in the oven!
- Garnish with parsley if desired and serve!
- This recipe is for one sub, simply multiply it by as many subs as you need to make
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.