Cheesy Meatball Sandwich with Homemade Sauce

Now that it’s Autumn….

….it’s about time you treated yourself to a delicious homemade meatball sandwich.

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 old bowl, mix together, roll the mixture into balls, and bake them in the oven.  Done.

No need to dirty up your stove top by frying them in a pan.

And the sauce is easy to make too, and super tasty.

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

One of my first jobs ever was in a pizza place and every day I went into work the restaurant smelled soooo good.  Then after work I smelled like the restaurant.

But they made such delicious meatball sandwiches and pizzas too.  It was way too tempting to eat pizza each day I was at work.

So before we head off to the ingredients, just a quick note wish you a Happy Autumn Day, and to thank you very much for stopping by.

ok…on to the yumminess.

Let’s check out the 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 Sauce – olive oil, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, dried oregano leaves, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper

For the Sandwich – meatballs, sauce, French rolls, sliced Provolone-Mozzarella cheese (or just mozzarella cheese), and Parmesan cheese
Here’s how to make it.

For the Meatballs:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, add the ground beef and Italian sausage.

Next,

add the bell pepper,

onion….

….and

the garlic.

Then add the Worcestershire sauce (I think the hardest thing about this recipe for me…is spelling Worcestershire…I want so badly to put an “h” after the “c”),

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 are 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.

For the Sauce:

While the meatballs are cooking, heat a medium size pan on medium heat.

Add the olive oil.

Then add the onion and garlic.  Sauté for about 4 minutes.

Next add the tomato sauce,

dried oregano,

red pepper flakes,

pepper,

and salt.

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

Cut the meatballs in half…..

….and lay 3 halves in each roll.

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

Top with Parmesan cheese.

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

Bake in a preheated oven until the cheese is melted (about 8 minutes).  Lay the remaining meatballs over the melted cheese in each sandwich and ladle on more sauce.  There may be some sauce leftover.

Top with more Parmesan cheese and serve while hot.  Enjoy!

Here are some more delish sandwich recipes:

Grilled cilantro burger sliders with teriyaki and pineapple
Cheeseburger with sautéed onions
Nacho jalapeno and salsa grilled cheese

Meatball Sandwich

An easy homemade meatball sandwich with meatballs and sauce made from scratch.

Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the Meatballs:

¾ pound ground beef
1 Italian sausage
¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
¼ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic (diced)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 egg
2 tablespoons plain bread crumbs

For the Sauce (Marinara):

2 cans tomato sauce (15 ounce cans)
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic (diced)
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
3 dashes salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

For the Sandwich:

2 large French rolls
6 large slices of Provolone-Mozzarella Cheese (or just Mozzarella is fine too)
Meatballs
Marinara sauce
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Directions:

For the Meatballs:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, add the 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 are 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.

For the Sauce:

While the meatballs are cooking, heat a medium size pan on medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion, and garlic. Sauté for about 4 minutes. Next add the 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 about ½ cup of the marinara sauce along the inside of each roll. Cut the meatballs in half and lay 3 halves in each roll. Ladle in about another ½ cup of marinara sauce on top of the meatballs in each roll. Top with parmesan cheese. Lay 3 pieces of the sliced cheese on top of the meatballs in each roll. Bake in a preheated oven until the cheese is melted (about 8 minutes). Lay the remaining meatballs 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 hot.