Meatball Marinara Subs

On the weekends, we always love to have a dinner that is a little different, a little fun, and definitely conducive to a fun family night of movie watching or game playing. It’s always a bit of a challenge for me to come up with something new though. I tend to rely on our stand-bys of nachos, homemade appetizers or pizza. And while those three options are always a hit, we all welcome a little mix up in the routine every so often.

Enter these Meatball Marinara Subs. Although they’re not necessarily eating-on-the-couch food, they do work perfectly for a family game night around the table. Plus, they are completely stolen moments friendly. That means I can make them as I have time throughout the day or even the day before. So I get more time to enjoy the family during family night. After all, that’s the most important thing!

Meatball Marinara Subs

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Snack
Keyword: Subs


  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 6 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • Meatballs (use frozen, your favorite recipe or these Parmesan Meatballs)
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese
  • Hoagie/sub rolls


  • In a food processor or blender, process diced tomatoes with garlic and onion until everything is broken down but still a little chunky.
  • Add diced tomato mixture, tomato paste, tomato sauce and seasonings to a large skillet. Bring to a slow boil and simmer about 15-20 minutes, until sauce is thickened.
  • Add meatballs to the skillet and heat through. Spoon meatballs and sauce on hoagie rolls and top with sliced mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and rolls are just slightly crispy.


This marinara sauce is thick, but that’s the point. I wanted a sauce that would cling to the meatballs without running and dripping all over the place.
You can add any additional toppings onto the subs that you’d like. My husband enjoyed the subs a lot, but said they would have been much better with the addition on some fried onions and mushrooms on top. Personally, I liked them just they way they were (although I do see his point…fried onions and mushrooms make lots of things better!) and so did the kids.