Meatball subs are such a fun meal and are actually super easy to make! I bought a big bag of hoagie rolls at Coscto and we had quite a few left over from making deli sandwiches. I stuck them in the freezer to keep them from drying out (it happens way too fast), but I was ready to use them up. And, I’ve recently discovered an easy and tasty way to make these rolls extra scrumptious. All it takes is a little butter (or any type of “spread” you prefer) and your broiler. Just heat up the broiler, slather on as much, or as little, butter as you like, put the rolls on a baking sheet and stick them in the oven for about 5 minutes. But, watch them carefully! They can go from having a melted buttery look to being charred in a matter of a minute. Remove them from the oven as soon as you notice the edges browning, and there you go- nice and toasty hoagie buns!
As far as the meatballs go, I used ground turkey breast as usual. Because of the extremely low fat content in ground turkey breast, I thought it’d be better to put these in the skillet with olive oil instead of baking in the oven. However, I did bake a few just to see if they would turn out any different. Yep, they did. Definitely drier when baked. Just adding a bit of oil to the skillet helped keep the meatballs moist and more flavorful- and they cook faster!
Instead of making my own tomato sauce, I used Prego Three Cheese pasta sauce this time, so I didn’t need to add many spices. You could easily make a quick tomato sauce and flavor it up with some dried herbs. Here is a recipe for an easy tomato sauce with just a few ingredients. I had some leftover meatballs that we didn’t use for the subs and they tasted just as flavorful (and perhaps even a bit more moist) the following day. For the leftovers, just heat them up in the microwave for about 40 seconds to a minute and you’re good to go. Or, if you’re impatient or just don’t care, like myself, eat them cold straight out of the fridge- yum!
Turkey Meatball Subs
1.25 pounds ground turkey breast (ground turkey is fine, too)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 of a 26 oz. jar of any brand pasta sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Heat a large skillet to medium on stovetop. Mix all the ingredients except Parmesan and the sauce until combined. Shape turkey mixture into 2-inch size meatballs and set on a plate. Add about 2 tablespoons olive oil into the skillet. Add the meatballs into the skillet and let cook about 6 minutes. Using tongs, rotate the meatballs to the other side and cook through for another 5 minutes or so. Add pasta sauce to the skillet and lower heat to medium low. Heat until the sauce is warm, about 3 minutes. Remove meatballs and sauce from the skillet, and place 4 to 5 meatballs and some sauce in each toasted hoagie roll. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of the subs, if desired.