Meatball subs

Italian meatball subs
Italian meatball subs

If you are a fan of the Friends tv series then you know how iconic a meatball sub sandwich is. When it comes to food bucket list items meatball subs are definitely on my list and quite high up at that.

I took a little leap and made this extra special by using homemade rolls but store bought subs, French baguette or brioche rolls would work just as well. I also used turkey mince which makes this a little lighter but took a store bought shortcut by using a very good quality jarred marinara sauce.

Let’s get cooking…

Mix the mince, pesto, chilli flakes, salt and pepper until well combined. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and roll into meatballs. They should be quite large.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and place in the meatballs, allow to colour for about 5 minutes then flip and top each meatball with some of the jarred marinara sauce, you could make your own but I find this a quick substitute.

Slice the mozzarella into 6 slices and top each meatball with a slice. Turn the heat down to a low setting and allow the meatballs to cook and sauce to thicken. This should take 10-15 minutes

In the meantime, slit the rolls down the middle and toast in an oven. Once toasted rub each piece with a clove of garlic.

Once the meatballs are cooked, smear a small amount of sauce onto the bottom of each roll then top with 3 meatballs per roll and top with parmesan.

Serve with a few napkins on the side as this gets deliciously messy!


Italian meatball subs

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients


• 250g minced turkey or beef
• 1 tsp basil pesto
• ½ tsp chilli flakes
• 1 tsp salt
• ½ tsp pepper
• Olive oil
• 1 ball mozzarella
• 2 tblsp parmesan
• ½ jar of good quality marinara sauce
• 2 Panini to serve
• 1 garlic clove

Directions

  1. Mix the mince, pesto, chilli flakes, salt and pepper until well combined
  2. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and roll into meatballs. They should be quite large
  3. Heat 1 tblsp olive oil in a pan and place in the meatballs, allow to colour for about 5 mintues then flip and top each meatball with some of the jarred marinara sauce, you could make your own but I find this a quick substitute
  4. Slice the mozzarella into 6 slices and top each meatball with a slice. Turn the heat down to a low setting and allow the meatballs to cook and sauce to thicken. This should take 10-15 minutes
  5. In the meantime, slit the rolls down the middle and toast in an oven. Once toasted rub each piece with a clove of garlic
  6. Once the meatballs are cooked, smear a small amount of sauce onto the bottom of each roll then top with 3 meatballs per roll and top with parmesan
  7. Serve with a few napkins on the side

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