Easy Sausage Meatball Subs

Easy sausage meatballs add a spicy kick to a classic sub! A fun addition to any game day menu or enjoyed as a weeknight meal!

Easy sausage meatball sub recipe from @bakedbyrachel

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I go through phases with music. I can go on a streak listening to the same album or artist on repeat for days and then there are the times I flip flop through stations and playlists all day long. Lately I rediscovered my love for the Janet Jackson Pandora station. So. Much. Fun. It totally takes me back to the 80’s/90’s. Singing along … jokingly attempting to sing along with Mariah and Whitney. You know you do it too. No one can, but everyone tries. It’s fun.

Also, I started re-watching Gilmore Girls from the beginning not too long ago, partly because I wanted something to watch that I didn’t have to pay full attention to and partly because of the pending revival/reunion shows. I’ve been trudging along with the first season every so slowly. It’s kind of boring. Don’t get me wrong. I like the show. I did and still do, but the early days of almost any show are way less entertaining than the later seasons. Maybe it’s because of who the characters are with and what they’re working through in these early stages. I’m debating on if I should give up, keep going or just skip ahead to the later years.

Easy sausage meatball sub recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Now that football season is behind us, there’s basketball and hockey to focus on. Which means, there is always an excuse to eat some fun comfort food. Of course, meatball subs can and absolutely should be enjoyed for regular dinners too. A special occasion isn’t required to enjoy a good meatball sub!

I made these meatball subs with hot Italian sausage but you could very substitute mild or sweet sausage to suit your personal taste preference. These are seriously SO easy to make, you’ll have them ready and on the table in under 30 minutes – start to finish! They’re that quick and simple! I ditched the traditional slice down the side and created boats out of the sub rolls, to hold all of the fillings! No sauce dripping or meatballs rolling away! You’ll never want to go back to the old method again!

Flavorful sausage meatball subs with a spicy kick. A fun addition to any game day menu or weeknight meal!

Easy sausage meatball sub recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Easy Sausage Meatball Subs

Easy sausage meatballs add a spicy kick to a classic sub! A fun addition to any game day menu or enjoyed as a weeknight meal!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meatball, Sandwich
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 C seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 4 : 8-inch sub rolls
  • Mozzarella slices
  • Parmesan cheese optional - for topping


  • In a large bowl, combine ground sausage, salt, pepper, egg, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Mix well with your hands or a wooden spoon. Divide into 12 equal pieces, shaping into balls. 
  • Preheat broiler. Prepare 4 8-inch sub rolls. Create a well in the top of each roll, large enough to hold the meatballs. Be careful to not slice through to the bottom of the rolls.  
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Sear meatballs on all sides. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add marinara sauce. Cover and cook until meatballs are no longer pink in the center and internal temperature is 160°F. 
  • Add 2-3 slices of mozzarella to the cavity in each roll. Fill with meatballs and marinara sauce. Place on a baking sheet. Broil until cheese is fully melted and bread is lightly charred. 
  • Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 


*If desired, medium or sweet sausage may be substituted for the hot sausage
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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8 Responses to “Easy Sausage Meatball Subs”

  1. #
    Sune Moolman — February 17, 2016 at 6:37 am

    This looks so delicious! We’re also having meatball subs for dinner – I’m trying a new ostrich curry meatball. Wish me luck! :P

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      Rachel — February 18, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      I hope they were great. Such a fun twist! :)

  2. #
    Taylor@Food Faith Fitness — February 17, 2016 at 7:55 am

    This looks amazing! Could use me a sub about now :)

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      Rachel — February 18, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Taylor!

  3. #
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass — February 17, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Love these meatball “boats”. Seriously, why didn’t I think of that? :) The meatballs look so delicious, we love sausage around here. Delish.

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      Rachel — February 18, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Allie!

  4. #
    Shawn @ I Wash You Dry — February 18, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Oh my gosh! Totally loving how you carved out the center of the rolls for the meatballs. These look so good!

    • #
      Rachel — February 18, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Shawn!

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