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A New Routine {Recipe: Homemade Meatball Subs}

Getting into the back to school dinner routine is tough. This flavorful Meatball Sub recipe is one hearty meal to add to your menu! 

Homemade Meatball Subs from www.dineanddish.net

As my 7 year old was getting ready this morning, checking things off her freshly printed morning checklist, she exclaimed “Wow, mom! We sure are organized!”

Our organized mode, my friends, lasts about 6.3 seconds into the school year. We always start off gung ho the first week of school… packing our backpacks the night before, setting our clothes out at night, getting up early and in time for a healthy, homemade breakfast, etc. Once we get back into our routine, we seem to get further and further away from being organized as the year goes on. We get comfortable, the newness of the school year wears off, and we all start to slack. 6.3 seconds might even be generous. 

3 Kids 1st Day fbSee the three of them above? Looking pretty spiffy, right? Don’t worry… by Friday we’ll be lucky to have hair and teeth brushed, let alone all put together with clothes that fit and match.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one thing that absolutely saves me come this time of year is menu planning. Without an evening menu plan, I’ve got nothing… we eat out, the kids get “snacky dinner” and things just aren’t good. So, as part of my “organized start to the school year” we are menu planning again.

If you are on the menu planning bandwagon, let me recommend this tasty Meatball Sub recipe! It’s something a little different than spaghetti and meatballs, but just as easy. Enjoy!

Homemade Meatball Subs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6 subs

Homemade Meatball Subs

My mom's famous meatballs get a new use...instead of topping spaghetti they get the star role in Homemade Meatball Subs!


    For the meatballs:
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 29 ounce can Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 can of water
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • For the sub assembly:
  • 6 individual sub sandwich buns, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


    For the meatballs:
  1. Using your hands, combine all the ingredients until well blended. Pinch off pieces of the meat mixture and shape into meatballs. Place in a large stock pot or dutch oven, then follow remaining instructions.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together sauce ingredients. Add to the stock pot with the meatballs and stir. Bring sauce to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium low, place the lid on the pot, and cook until meatballs are cooked through. Depending on the size of your meatballs, this will be 30-45 minutes. (You can simmer this over low heat on your stove for a longer period of time, just remember to occasionally stir.).
  3. Place 4 meatballs and a spoonful of sauce in between each sub bun and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
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  1. It’s really funny how things change from the start of the school year to the end – or even the second week ;) We get going next week so we’ll see how long we can stay organized.

  2. I’m lucky to make it 6.3 seconds! The subs look fantastic. I needed a new meatball recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

  3. I loooove meatball subs. These look fantastic!

  4. Such beautiful kids, and good for you for at least starting out so organized :) I always have to remind myself how worth it meal planning is when it seems like one more job that can be ignored! Love these subs, so easy and sure to make my hubby happy :)

  5. Menu planning is a must for our family! These subs would make a wonderful addition! :)

  6. I love making meatball subs! Such an easy dinner. I make mine with milk in the meatball mix to keep them moist.

  7. I won’t have to go through this back-to-school frenzy with my boys for a couple of years yet, but I do hope I’d be able to deal with the chaos once the time comes. I definitely agree that meal planning helps a lot, and it’s something I’ve been trying to do. And I’m going to add these gorgeous meatball subs in the rotation soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. A recipe perfect for me and my family. I just made one small change, I add some hemp seeds, we learned to put it almost in every dish.

  9. I am always in the mood for meatball subs :) this looks so tasty, my husband will love it!

  10. Made this for dinner the other night with some friends and it was a huge hit. Followed the recipe exactly. This is the first time that I made homemade meatballs.

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