Meatball Sub Sandwich

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A Meatball Sub Sandwich made from scratch is about as delicious of a sandwich as you’ll ever find.

Of course a good meatball sub is only as good as its meatballs, and we’re pretty sure we’ve got about the best in town…right here!

This sandwich is the ultimate in sandwich comfort food.

An Italian meatball sub sandwich on a cutting board


As we mentioned, this sandwich is through-the-roof good because the meatballs are to die for.

These can easily be made several days in advance.

Watch us show you how to make the most amazing Italian Meatballs!



Another key to this sandwich is the homemade marinara. It’s also key to making the Italian meatballs, but adding a layer to the cheesy toasted bread is essential for the perfect meatball sub.

I’ve said it before, but this homemade marinara is the real deal.

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Italian meatballs simmering in a blue pot of marinara

These Italian meatballs just get better after they had time to deepen their flavors even longer while sitting in the fridge. We love all kinds of sandwiches, but this meatball sub is at the top of our list.

Then get a nice loaf of Italian bread (not too soft, and not too hard), cut off the ends, add a layer of mozzarella…and toast.

Layer the sauce, heated meatballs and layers of fresh parmesan and herbs, and you’re set.


Long view of a freshly made meatball hero

The only thing better than an authentic meatball sub…



Two freshly made meatball subs on a cutting board with basil nearby.


I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t love a good meatball sub every now and then.

Pour some of the amazing fresh marina sauce over the top, and it’s just that…over the top.

Hungry yet?

Homemade Italian meatball sub with a spoon pouring marinara over the top.

The time has come folks to make this incredible Meatball Sub.

Go ahead and make a big ole batch of the marinara, then whip up the balls.

Then assemble the best-tasting sandwich you and your love ones will ever encounter. Mmmmmm.

Meatball sub sandwich on a cutting board.

An Italian meatball sub sandwich on a cutting board

Homemade Meatball Sub Sandwich

This Meatball Sub Sandwich is off-the-charts good.  Marinara and meatballs made from scratch.  This is a sandwich that your loved ones will be talking about for years to come.  It's that good.
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Course: lunch
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Hero, Homemade, Marina, Meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Make ahead: 3 hours
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 565kcal


  • 6 - 10 medium homemade Italian meatball link to recipe below
  • 1 cup fresh marinara sauce link to recipe below
  • 2 loaves Italian bread ends cut off, opened up
  • 8 slices fresh mozzarella
  • fresh Parmesan grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs, chopped I.e., basil, oregano, parsley



  • Heat the meatballs in the marinara.  Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • Place the opened loaves of bread on a baking sheet and cover both sides of the bread with the sliced cheese.
  • Place the bread with cheese under the broiler for about 2 minutes, or until cheese is melted and started to brown on the edges (watch closely, don't let burn!)
  • Remove from broiler.  Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of marinara on the bottom layer of each loaf of bread.  Layer meatballs on top of the marina.
  • Spoon a little more marinara over the meatballs.
  • Top with shaved, or grated, fresh Parmesan and herbs.  Serve at once!



Calories: 565kcal
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  • For some reason I am angst-ridden that the cheese is not on top lol! I’m going to get over it.. I know it’s going to be delish any way we stack it…is there some reasoning there? To keep the bread from getting soggy maybe…

    • Hi Nani! Well, we NEVER want to cause you to be angst-ridden!! LOL! We did place the cheese on the bottom to help the bread from getting soggy…but put it on the top if you prefer!!! It’s about the best meatball sub you’ll ever have!!! Let us know if you make the sandwich, how you handle the cheese, and what you think of it!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

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