Meatball Subs

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An easy meal to use leftover meatballs! Use your favorite pasta sauce, lots of cheese, and a basil garlic butter for a flavorful fast dinner!


 6-8 meatballs, cut in half
1 jar pasta sauce
Thick sub rolls or Italian rolls
2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, grated
2 teaspoons finely chopped basil, I use this brand of pre-chopped basil
Mozzarella cheese


1. Make the basil garlic butter by melting the butter in a small pot over medium low heat. Add the grated garlic and the basil and cook for 1 minute. Pour into a heat safe bowl. If you’re making more than 2 subs I recommend increasing the amount of butter you melt to 3 or 4 tablespoons so you have enough for all the subs. 

2. In either a pot or the microwave, warm up the sauce and the meatballs.

3. Lay your sub rolls on the baking sheet. On one side spread some of the basil garlic butter. On the other side spoon some of the sauce on top (not too much so the bread doesn’t become soggy). Then, add the meatballs, spoon more sauce over top, and add as much cheese as you’d like.

4. Place under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes to brown and melt the cheese. If the exposed bread on the other side is getting too dark you can cover the bread with foil as the cheese side continues to cook. Always watch food under the broiler very closely as things can burn quickly and cook times will vary.


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