Meatball Subs and Hoagie Rolls

DSCN3999Is there anything more delicious than a completely homemade meatball sub?  Not much, at least not to me.  Here is a simple, but delicious recipe for meatballs, sauce, and even the hoagie roll.

I always start the rolls first as they’ll take the longest.

Hoagie Rolls 

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar (granulated sugar will work if you don’t have brown sugar)
  • 1 1/2tsp salt
  • 1 tbs canola oil
  • 2 3/4c flour (all-purpose or bread)
  • 2 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast
  • 1 egg white lightly beaten

Add the water, sugar, oil, salt and finish with the flour on top in the bread machine.  Sprinkle the yeast on top of the flour.  Set the bread machine to the dough setting.  If the mixture seems too wet, add more flour 1tbsp at a time.  When the bread machine is done remove the dough from the machine and divide into four equal pieces.  Place on a greased baking sheet and let rise for 30 minutes.  Score each roll three times on the top, coat with the egg white, and bake in a preheated 400 degree fahrenheit oven for 20-25 minutes.  After baking and cooling, slice in half and load up your meatballs!


  • 2tbs canola oil
  • 1lb ground hamburger (turkey will work too)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/3c bread crumbs*
  • 1/8c italian seasoning

*If you don’t keep bread crumbs on hand use what you have.  The last time I made this, I used crushed cheese crackers and it was yummy.  You can use toast, crackers, bland cereal, etc. Just crush whatever you’re using well.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.  Place the oil in a greased baking dish and place in the preheating oven.  Combine all ingredients (except the oil you just used) in a medium bowl until well mixed.  It’s easiest to use your hands.  Carefully remove the heated pan from the oven.  Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the meatballs onto the baking sheet placing 1 inch apart.  Bake for 15 minutes, turn, and bake for 5 more minutes.  You want the meatballs to be slightly crisp on the outside.

Marinara Sauce

  • 1 can plain tomato sauce – 29oz
  • 1 can plain tomato paste – 6oz
  • seasoning to taste – I like a sweet sauce, but make the sauce to your own taste.  I used approximately:
    1/3c sugar
    1/8c italian seasoning
    2tbsp garlic powder
    1tsp caraway
    1tsp parsley

Combine all the ingredients in a medium pot and place on the stove top on low to simmer.  Stir the tomato paste into the sauce well.  Once the meatballs are done you can place them into the sauce to stay warm and combine flavors as the bread cooks.

Serve hoagies topped with mozzarella or parmesan cheese if desired.  Green peppers, onions, and mushrooms also taste delicious!


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