Family Tradition: Secret-Recipe Meatball Subs

When it comes to comfort food, nothing beats the deliciousness of our family’s secret-recipe meatball subs. This cherished tradition has been passed down through generations, and it’s time to share it with the world. These subs are a perfect combination of savory meatballs, zesty marinara sauce, and gooey melted cheese, all tucked inside a warm, toasted roll. They’re not just a meal; they’re a slice of our family history.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 4 sub rolls
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, milk, egg, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes (if using). Mix until well combined.
  2. Shape the mixture into meatballs, about 2 inches in diameter.
  3. In a large skillet, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  4. While the meatballs are cooking, heat the marinara sauce in a separate saucepan over low heat.
  5. Once the meatballs are done, add them to the marinara sauce and let them simmer together for 10 minutes.
  6. Preheat your oven’s broiler.
  7. Slice the sub rolls in half and place them on a baking sheet. Toast them under the broiler until they’re lightly browned.
  8. Remove the toasted rolls from the oven and spoon some meatballs and sauce onto each roll.
  9. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the top of each sub.
  10. Place the subs back under the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 2 minutes.
  11. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve hot.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

These secret-recipe meatball subs are the ultimate comfort food, perfect for family gatherings or a cozy night in. With a blend of ground beef and pork, zesty marinara sauce, and melted mozzarella cheese, they’re a taste of tradition you’ll love.

Nutrition: Calories 550, Fat 32g, Carbs 35g, Protein 28g

After one bite of these secret-recipe meatball subs, you’ll understand why they’ve been a beloved tradition in our family for generations. The combination of flavors and textures is simply irresistible. Whether you’re making them for a family dinner or a special gathering with friends, these subs are sure to become a tradition in your home too. Enjoy!

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