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Tricia’s Meatball Subs

“Mama? When are we having meatball subs again?”

Talk about simple. Plus delicious and filling. And just four ingredients to happy tummies. It’s a hit in my family – with five children, ranging from preschoolers to teens.

You can use a bag of frozen, store-bought meatballs. I use homemade because they are better for you and taste delicious

I recently socked away some meatballs and meatloaves when I did a bit of big-shop cooking. I invested about half an hour forming the meatballs by hand. Here’s a quick run down on the meatball batch:

Tricia’s Meatball Subs

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 30 minutes

Cooking Time – 30 minutes


  • Approximately 2.5 lbs ground beef (only 1.25 lbs served each meal)
  • Two end pieces sandwich bread – pinched into bread crumbs by hand (no eggs for us because of allergies)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1-2 tsp Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt [3] (can substitute dash each of salt, black pepper, garlic salt)
  • 20 oz spaghetti sauce, warmed
  • Hoagie (4) or hot dog buns (8)


  • Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, 1 cup of mozzarella and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt [3] together.
  • Form mixture into meatballs by hand and place on cookie sheet.
  • Cook half the meatballs at 350 degrees for half an hour.*
  • Place the other half of the meatballs on a cookie sheet to freeze then later move them to a zip top freezer bag.
  • Warm up desired amount of spaghetti sauce in a sauce pan.
  • For each serving, just load about four or five meatballs into your bun.
  • Top with warmed spaghetti sauce and remaining cup of cheese.
  • Enjoy!

*If cooking frozen meatballs at a later time, be sure to thaw before cooking at 350 degrees for half an hour.

Easy to fix. Easily becomes a favorite.

Any leftover meatballs can be served over spaghetti another night. In fact, a fellow homeschool mother brought us this meal with an accompanying zip top storage bag full of cooked spaghetti noodles. Now I make sure I make batches of meatballs so I am ready to do the same. For more specific details on this round of meatballs and meatloaves, see Basic Beef [4].