Saucy Meatball Sandwich


Hollowing out the tops of the hoagie buns keeps the sauce from oozing out the sides (though have napkins nearby in case that happens anyway!).

Saucy Meatball Sandwich
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
20 mins
12 sandwiches


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 ½ cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • 2 pound lean ground beef

  • 2 26-28 ounce jar red pasta sauce

  • 12 hoagie buns or bratwurst buns

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl combine eggs, bread crumbs, onion, salt, and Italian seasoning. Add ground beef; mix well. Shape into 48 meatballs. Arrange meatballs in a large roasting pan or 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until done (160°).* Drain well.

  2. In a 4-quart Dutch oven combine the pasta sauce and meatballs. Heat through. Split buns or hollow out tops of unsplit buns. Spoon hot meatball mixture into buns. Spoon any remaining sauce over the meatballs. Sprinkle cheese over meatballs. If buns are split, top with bun halves. Let stand for 1 to 2 minutes before serving.


The internal color of a meatball is not a reliable doneness indicator. A beef, veal, lamb, or pork meatball cooked to 160°F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a meatball, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the meatball.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

599 Calories
18g Fat
83g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 599
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1351mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 83g 30%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 10.6mg 53%
Calcium 212mg 16%
Iron 5.9mg 33%
Potassium 162mg 3%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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