Makeover Meatball Marinara Sandwiches

I was excited for tonight’s meal because I knew the hubby would love it. One of his favorite sandwiches of all time is a certain sandwich place’s meatball marinara. But since it’s not exactly known for being heart-healthy, I wanted to make a better version that still tasted delicious!

If you’ve ever been on the website and done a search for a meatballs recipe, you’ve seen this one because it’s amazing and over 800 people agree. The original meatball recipe, which I just adapted slightly, can be found here.

Here’s what you’ll need in order to make the meatballs:

2 lbs lean ground beef (Woo hoo! It’s our magic ingredient of the day!)

2 large eggs, slightly beaten

2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1 ½ tablespoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons seasoned salt

1 ½ teaspoons cracked black pepper

1/2 cup milk

2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

2 tablespoons dried parsley

2 + cups spaghetti/pasta sauce

And, to finish the sandwiches:

French bread or other sandwich bread of choice

Provolone cheese slices (Mozzarella would work also of course!)


To make the meatballs: Have fun smashing everything except the spaghetti sauce, bread, cheese SLICES, and spinach together (ahh, so therapeutic!), then form it into little meatballs. Drop the meatballs into a pot of simmering spaghetti sauce and don’t touch them for 20 minutes so they don’t fall apart. After 20 minutes, flip them over and cook for another 20 minutes. By this point they should be done, but you can let them simmer longer if you’d like (or if you get distracted on Pinterest like what happens to me sometimes).

Now, make the magic happen: Once the meatballs were done, we put them on some french bread that I picked up earlier today from our local grocery store (still warm from the oven and smelling unbelievable!!), then topped it with a slice of provolone cheese. We microwaved it just a bit longer to make the cheese ridiculously melty and delicious, then topped it with some spinach.

The Verdict?: I’m starting to really believe the phrase “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” because the entire time the hubby was eating this meal, he probably thanked me about 20 times! (Update: Every time I’ve made this since the first time, he raves about how great our house smells when he walks through the door)

If you tried today’s recipe, what did you think? What’s your favorite recipe that uses ground beef?

Keep in touch, and Keep it real!



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