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I baked these meatballs in the oven and tossed them in the slow cooker with homemade Spaghetti Sauce.  The meatballs are perfect and easy for a crowd to build their own Cheesy Meatball Subs.



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Cheesy Meatballs Subs Family Favorite

My youngest daughter, Diana, who will be 13 this summer, tells me that Cheesy Meatballs Subs are her favorite food.  She loves everything made with a red sauce including marinara pasta, pizza, spaghetti, and more.  She only weighs seventy-five pounds but can eat two of these subs and claims they are the best sandwich ever.  No!  We are not Italian, and neither is Diana.  She was adopted from Eastern Europe.  She loves her Italian food.

I use an ice cream scoop to make the same size meatballs.  Next, I place the meatballs on a baking sheet and bake them.  After the meatballs have cooked, I add them to my homemade Spaghetti sauce in the slow cooker.  They stay warm for when you are ready to make your Cheesy Meatball Subs.  I let everyone build their meatball sub on a soft hoagie roll or even a hot dog bun.  My kids had always enjoyed preparing their plate even when they were younger.  Diana especially enjoys building a Cheesy Meatball sub.  She simply adds some Mozzarella cheese on the bottom of the sub.  Then layers the meatballs with the spaghetti sauce. She then tops it off with more Mozzarella cheese.

These meatballs and spaghetti sauce are perfect over pasta too, or I have even mixed the pasta in with the sauce.  I have never tried adding my uncooked pasta to the slow cooker, but I plan on trying it soon.  I will let you know if it works.

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Cheesy Meatball Subs

Prep Time5 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time5 hrs 30 mins
Course: sandwich
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Diane @Recipes for our Daily Bread


  • 1-1/2 pounds of ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground sausage
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • Two tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • One teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Two eggs lightly beaten
  • Sub Rolls
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • One medium chopped onion
  • 1 TB minced garlic clove
  • One 6 ounces can tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 TB sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Two bay leafs
  • 2-15 ounce cans tomato sauce


  • Add all the sauce ingredients to a slow cooker.
  • Cook on low at least 3 to 4 hours.
  • While sauce is cooking, mix the ground beef, Parmesan cheese, pepper, salt, bread crumbs, and eggs.
  • Use an ice cream scoop and place the meatballs on a large baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed with a cooking spray.
  • Bake the meatballs at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the meatballs from the oven and place them into the slow cooker with spaghetti sauce.
  • When you get ready for your cheesy meatball sub:
  • Add a layer of Mozzarella cheese to the bottom of the sub roll.
  • And,Add the meatballs and spaghetti sauce on top of the Mozzarella cheese.
  • Plus, Add additional cheese on top of the meatballs

Cooking Tip:

  1. Use an ice cream scoop to make perfect meatballs every time.
  2. Remove bay leaf from your spaghetti sauce before adding the meatballs.
  3. You can brown the meatballs in a skillet on top of the stove using a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil instead of browning the meatballs in the oven.  After browning the meatballs on all sides, add them to the slow cooker filled with spaghetti sauce.

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8 thoughts on “CHEESY MEATBALL SUBS”

  1. As someone who grew up as part of a large Italian family in the Philadelphia area and is now transplanted in West Texas: this makes me want to go HOME! It looks so goooood. Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week. Hope to see you again on Friday!

    • Brandi,

      Thanks for stopping by from #SmallVictoriesSunday blog hop. I truly appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment. I hope you enjoy these meatballs. They do freeze well and are so delicious.
      Many blessings,
      Diane Roark

  2. Oh Diane, I LOVE a good meatball, and you have a great one here, with spices and flavor – YUMMY! Thank you for sharing your recipe so we can all enjoy your fabulous cooking. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  3. Oh yum! This sounds so good. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Broad.

  4. Diane,

    Every time I try making meatball subs they look beautiful but turn into a complete mess. As soon as we take a bite the meatballs stat rolling around and the sandwich completely falls apart!

    Any tips on getting these subs to stay together better??


  5. We love a good meatball sub here. And your recipe looks too good to be true. Totally hope to try soon and thanks for sharing.

    • Janine,

      I love fixing a crock pot full of these meatballs for everyone to build their own sub. They are delicious, cheesy goodness. You are such a great friend. Thank you for all your support.
      Have a great weekend,

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