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the world’s best meatball parm sub

  • Author: Mortadella Head
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 wicked big sub 1x


This amazing sub was made by taking Mortadella Head’s meatball parm and baking it inside an Italian sub roll.



6 oz ground beef meat

4 oz ground pork meat

1 cup of freshly grated pecorino romano cheese

1 oz of bread cubes mixed with water

1 medium-size eggs

1 cup of marinara sauce

5 slices of provolone cheese

4 oz of mozzarella cubes

1 Italian Sub Roll

finely chopped garlic to taste

chopped parsley to taste

grated onion to taste

ground black pepper to taste

fresh basil leaves to taste


Let’s start by making the meatballs. If you’re using leftover ones, you can skip the first 3 steps:

  1. In a large bowl, use your hands to mix the ground beef and pork with the eggs and the bread & water mixture.
  2. Add 1/2 of the grated pecorino cheese along with the chopped garlic, parsley, onions and black pepper. Mix again.
  3. Use your hands to make meatballs, place them in an oiled baking tray, and bake in a preheated oven at 356° F for 45 minutes.
  4. Cut the meatballs in half.
  5. Place them in a pan with the marinara sauce and saute them at medium heat for about 5 minutes. Halfway through the process, add some basil leaves and 3/4 of the remaining pecorino cheese, then let it melt with the sauce.
  6. While the cheese melts, open up the Italian bread roll and make a layer of provolone cheese on the lower half. Then add the meatballs and the marinara+cheese sauce, and top with as many mozzarella cubes as you can.
  7. Bake at 356° F for a couple minutes, just enough to make the cheese melt.
  8. Take your meatball parm sub out of the oven, add some more fresh basil leaves and the remaining pecorino cheese.



The total time was estimated on the assumption that you’ll make your meatballs from scratch. However, this recipe is also a perfect way to finish leftover meatballs. If you already have them, you can make this sub in just about 20 minutes.

Best served with: Caesar’s salad, caprese salad, jalapeño poppers, onion rings, tomato soup, or broccoli velvety soup. Best drinks to pair it with: a strong ale beer or a dry red wine.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Category: Subs
  • Method: Baking

Keywords: meatball parm sub, meatball parm, meatball parmigiana