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Cheesy Meatball Sandwich with Marinara Sauce

You don’t have to go another day without experiencing this amazing meaty, saucy, cheesy sandwich.

Cheesy Meatball Sandwich with Marinara

Even though there are a number of ingredients in this meatball recipe, it’s pretty easy to make because you just put everything in a big bowl, mix it together, roll the mixture into balls, and bake them in the oven.  Done.

No need to dirty up your stove top by frying meatballs in a skillet.

And the homemade marinara sauce is easy to make and tastes wonderful.

Just add all ingredients to a pan, let simmer for 20 minutes, and wella….done.

One of my first jobs ever was at a pizza place and every day that I went into work, the restaurant smelled soooo good.

Then after work I smelled like the restaurant did…like Italian food.

In addition to delicious pizzas, their meatball sandwiches tasted amazing.

It was way too tempting to eat pizza and meatball sandwiches at work each day.

In this meatball sandwich recipe there are 3 homemade meatballs in each sandwich as well as 2 layers of delicious marinara sauce and lots of cheese.

The sliced cheese used in this recipe is a provolone-mozzarella blend but if that’s not available, just combine slices of mozzarella and slices of provolone cheese.

Serve this scrumptious sandwich for lunch or dinner with a side dish such as “Antipasto Salad with Salami“, “Oven-Roasted Steak Fries with Smoky Ketchup” or “Light and Crispy Onion Rings“.

Here are more recipes with homemade marinara sauce you may like “Linguine and Tomato Cream Sauce“, “Italian Sausage and Radiatore Pasta” and “Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce and Sautéed  Mushrooms“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Cheesy Meatball Sandwich ingredients

For the Meatballs – ground beef, Italian sausage, bell pepper, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, egg, plain bread crumbs, salt, and pepper

For the Marinara Sauce – olive oil, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, dried oregano leaves, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper

For the Sandwich – cooked meatballs, marinara sauce, French rolls, sliced Provolone-Mozzarella blended cheese (or sliced mozzarella and provolone cheese), and Parmesan cheese

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Meatballs:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Chopped bell pepper on cutting board

Chopped garlic on cutting board

Chop the bell pepper, onion and garlic.

Add bell pepper to ground meat

To a large bowl, add ground beef and Italian sausage (that’s been squeezed out of the casing).

Add onions to ground meat

To the bowl, add bell pepper, onion…

Add garlic to ground beef

…garlic…

Add Worchestershire sauce to ground beef

…Worcestershire sauce,

Add onion powder to ground beef

onion powder,

Add bread crumbs to ground beef

bread crumbs,

Add salt to ground beef

salt,

Add pepper to ground beef

pepper,

Add egg to ground beef

and egg.

Mix ground beef mixture in bowl

Mix all ingredients together.

Ground beef meatballs in pan

Form 6 large meatballs.

Set the meatballs on a small baking pan and bake uncovered in a preheated oven until they’re completely cooked through and browned (about 17 to 20 minutes).

Cooked meatballs in pan

Remove from the oven and let rest for 8 minutes.

Keep the oven on for use to melt the cheese in the sandwich.

For the Marinara Sauce:

Make the sauce while the meatballs are cooking.  

Add olive oil to pot

Heat a medium size pot on medium heat and add olive oil.

Saute onion and garlic in pot

Then add chopped onion and garlic.

Sauté and stir for 4 minutes.

Add canned tomato sauce in pot

Then, to the pan add tomato sauce,

Add dried oregano in pot

dried oregano,

Add red pepper flakes to pot

red pepper flakes,

Add pepper to sauce in pot

pepper,

Add salt to sauce in pot

and salt.

Stir marinara sauce in pot

Stir all ingredients together and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.

For the Sandwich:

Cut sandwich rolls in half

Cut the rolls in half lengthwise but not all the way to the bottom.

Leave about an inch uncut at the bottom of the roll and slightly open each roll.

Add marinara sauce to rolls

Ladle ½ cup of marinara sauce along the inside of each roll.

Cut meatballs in half on plate

Cut the meatballs in half…

Add meatballs to sauce in rolls

…and lay 3 halves in each roll (cut-side towards either side of the roll).

Add marinara sauce on meatballs on roll

Ladle another ½ cup of marinara sauce on top of the meatballs in each roll.

Add Parmesan cheese on meatballs

Top with Parmesan cheese.

Add slices of cheese on meatball sandwich

Lay 3 pieces of the sliced cheese on top of the meatballs in each roll.

Cheesy Meatball Sandwich with Marinara

Bake in a preheated oven until the cheese melts (about 8 minutes).

Lay the remaining meatballs over the melted cheese (cut-size down) in each sandwich and ladle on more sauce.

There may be some sauce leftover.

Cheesy Meatball Sandwich with Marinara

Top with more Parmesan cheese and serve while warm.

Cheesy Meatball Sandwich with Marinara

Then enjoy each amazingly delicious bite.

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Sandwich Recipes You May Like:

Grilled Cilantro Burger Sliders with Teriyaki and Pineapple

Cheeseburger with Sautéed Onions

Nacho Jalapeno and Salsa Grilled Cheese

Slow Cooker Spicy Sloppy Joes

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Meatball Sandwich with Melted Cheese

Meatball Sandwich with Marinara Sauce

You don't have to go another day without experiencing this meaty, saucy, cheesy bundle of deliciousness.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meatball Sandwich, Meatballs
Servings: 2

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 Italian sausage just the meat squeezed out of the casing
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons plain bread crumbs

For the Marinara Sauce:

  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 3 dashes salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

For the Sandwich:

  • 2 large French rolls or just Mozzarella is fine tooMeatballsMarinara sauce2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 6 large slices of Provolone-Mozzarella cheese

Instructions

For the Meatballs:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 
  • In a large bowl, add ground beef, Italian sausage, bell pepper, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and egg. 
  • Mix all ingredients together and form 6 large meatballs. Set the meatballs on a small baking pan and bake uncovered in a preheated oven until they're completely cooked through and browned (about 17 to 20 minutes). 
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for about 8 minutes. Keep the oven on for use to melt the cheese on the sandwich.
  • After the meatballs have rested, carefully cut each one in half.  Set aside for a moment while prepping the sandwich roll.

For the Marinara Sauce:

  • While the meatballs are cooking, heat a medium size pan on medium heat an add add olive oil. Add the onion and garlic.  Sauté and stir for 4 minutes.
  • Then, to the pan add tomato sauce, dried oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. 
  • Stir all ingredients together and simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes.

For the Sandwich:

  • Cut the rolls in half lengthwise but not all the way to the bottom. Leave about an inch uncut at the bottom of the roll and slightly open each roll. 
  • Ladle ½ cup of marinara sauce along the inside of each roll. 
  • In each roll, add 3 meatball halves (cut-side towards either side of the roll). 
  • Ladle another ½ cup of marinara sauce on top of the meatballs in each roll.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of the sauce.
  • To the sandwiches, lay 3 pieces of the sliced cheese on top of the meatballs in each roll. 
  • Bake in a preheated oven until the cheese melts (about 8 minutes). 
  • Lay the remaining meatballs (cut-side down) on top of the melted cheese in each sandwich and ladle on more sauce. There may be some sauce leftover.  
  • Top with the parmesan cheese and serve while warm.
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This recipe was originally posted on September 23, 2013.

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