Sometimes I get tired and want to take a shortcut. Making meatballs from scratch takes a lot of time and effort. So the other day when I received a shipment of turkey meatballs from my advertisers Shadybrook Farms and Foodbuzz.com I was excited. Shadybrook Farms is known for Turkey. The turkey meatballs that I received were Italian spiced meatballs. So they were the perfect meatball for making subs. I am huge meatball sub guy. I love marinara sauce, meat, cheese and bread. Basically it is the ultimate combination. With some peppers, onions and homemade marinara these subs kicked butt.
Topped with a couple of slices of mozzarella cheese these subs were a hot awesome mess.
Turkey Meatball Subs
- 12 turkey meatballs – Homemade or Shadybrook Farms Italian Meatballs
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 medium red onion
- 15 oz can of tomato sauce
- 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbs basil
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- dash of red pepper flakes (optional)
- 8 slices of mozzarella
- 4 submarine or hoagie rolls
To start slice the onion and green pepper into strips. Long strips give a nice texture and a little bite to the sandwich.
Next heat a saucepan over medium/high heat. Add 2 tbs of vegetable oil to the pan and then add the onion and green pepper. Finely dice the garlic and add it to the pan. Fry the vegetables until they start to soften, about 5-7 minutes.
Next add the tomato sauce and paste to the pan. Then add the basil, oregano, salt, pepper and red pepper flake to the pan. Stir and let simmer while you prepare the meatballs.
Take the meatballs and cut them in half. You can leave them whole, but the round meatballs seem to squeeze out of the sub. By cutting them in half they stay better in the roll. Add them to the sauce and simmer for 20 minutes or until the meatballs are heated through.
Take a submarine or hoagie roll and place it onto a foil lined baking sheet. Then place 6-8 of the meatball halves onto the roll. Layer on some peppers and onions and then coat in sauce. Next layer on some mozzarella cheese.
Turn your broiler to high and let it heat up. Place the baking sheet into the broiler and broil for a minute or two until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.
Serve with a side of napkins. I probably went through 6 napkins eating this sub. Awesome!!!