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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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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.