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Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches are a super easy weeknight dinner idea that the whole family will love. This recipe only requires a few ingredients and the meatballs and sauce can be heated in advance in your Crock-pot. When it’s time for dinner, the sandwiches only need about 10 minutes in the oven and then dinner is on the table!

Italian Meatball Subs on Wheat Bread

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Baked Meatball Subs

Let’s Make Things Easy, okay?

For these Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches, we’re going to make it easy on ourselves by using frozen meatballs and jarred pasta sauce.

I prefer to use homestyle meatballs, but you can use Italian-style meatballs or even turkey meatballs.

Meatball Sub Sandwich Ingredients

You can use any jarred spaghetti sauce that you like.

I usually go with Prego Traditional pasta sauce then kick it up with a teaspoon or so of Italian seasoning like the McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning.

That’s my secret to many great Italian dishes.

To save time, the sauce and meatballs can be heated in your Crock-pot.

Try cooking on low for 3-4 hours or high for 2-3 hours.

The frozen meatballs are already pre-cooked so you’ll just want to make sure they are heated through.

Cheesy Italian Meatball Subs

Another great tip for easy cooking is using aluminum foil to cover your baking sheet before putting it in the oven.

For added assurance, go ahead and give it a good spray with nonstick cooking spray so that nothing sticks.

This will make clean up a breeze no matter how much cheese you spill on the baking sheet. You know what I’m saying?

Meatball Sandwich

Best Bread for Meatball Subs

You’ll find a lot of different opinions about the best rolls for meatball subs, but I prefer soft hoagie rolls, either white or wheat.

I’m not a huge fan of the hard French bread for meatball subs. I used Cobblestone Bread Company White Grinder Sandwich Bread.

I’ve linked to these rolls on the Walmart Grocery Pickup website.

Have you tried it? You can find out more about my experience with this service here.

Baked Meatball Subs

I was able to load 4-5 meatballs into each sub roll.

I topped the meatballs with more sauce then shredded mozzarella cheese. YUM!

The cheesier the better.

The meatball sandwiches need to bake in a 400 degree F oven for about 10-15 minutes, just until the sandwich rolls start to crisp up and the cheese gets all melty and gooey.

Oven Baked Italian Meatball Subs

These Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches would be great served with potato wedges, Italian chopped salad, or coleslaw.

Try this easy recipe any time you need a quick meal for your hungry family.

Save the Meatball Sub images below to your Meatball board or your Easy Weeknight Meals board!

Oven-Baked Meatball Subs
Italian Meatball Subs

Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Yield: 6 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches are a super easy dinner option for busy families. You can use frozen meatballs and jarred spaghetti sauce to make dinner even faster. 


  • 1 pkg (6-count) soft white sub rolls, uncut
  • 1 pkg frozen meatballs
  • 1 jar (24 oz) pasta sauce
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning


  1. In medium saucepan, combine frozen meatballs, pasta sauce, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice sub rolls being careful not to slice all the way through. Place 4-5 meatballs in each roll then top with additional sauce. Cover with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  3. Bake sub sandwiches in oven for 10-15 minutes until sandwiches are hot and cheese is bubbly and starting to brown. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 644mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g

Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.

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