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Baked Meatball Marinara Subs

Made with simple ingredients and ready in under an hour, these meatball marinara subs feature juicy beef meatballs in toasted sub buns with lots of marinara and rich mozzarella cheese.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 279kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 5 sub buns
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup low-moisture shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil


  • Preheat oven to 400F and lightly grease a medium sheet pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, salt, and pepper. Scoop mixture into 1-in meatballs and place on prepared sheet pan.
  • Evenly pour marinara sauce over meatballs and bake at 400F 25-30 minutes until meatballs register 165F.
  • Cut sub buns about 3/4th of the way, fanning open and arrange in a 9x13 baking dish. Brush inside of buns with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder. Broil buns under high 1-2 minutes until lightly toasted.
  • Spoon about 3 meatballs and some marinara sauce into each toasted bun. Top meatballs with mozzarella and Parmesan.
  • Broil meatball subs under high 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted and lightly browned. Top meatball subs with basil and serve immediately while warm. Enjoy!


Storing Instructions
Subs are best if served immediately after assembly.


Serving: 1sub | Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.7g | Protein: 14.3g | Fat: 11.7g | Saturated Fat: 4.4g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 935mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 5.6g | Calcium: 200mg | Iron: 3mg