Super Easy Meatball Sub

Two Island friends, Grace and Cintra, always ask for easy and casual recipes. I have tried to make many different items but in the end they turn out to be a disaster. Then came Rao’s “Made from Home” frozen Meatballs & Sauce. Be sure to follow the baking instructions as the microwave path makes them mushy and average.

Just follow the instructions to make the meatballs and toast the roll, melt the provolone and you are pretty much done and have an amazing meal that is hearty and casual.


  • 1 24 ounce box of Rao’s Made from Home Meatballs & Sauce (found in the freezer section of most supermarkets)
  • 2 6-7 inch long bakery made sub rolls
  • 1/2 pound slice mozzarella cheese (or provolone)
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Red pepper flakes to taste

Making It

  • Make the meatballs following the baking instructions and not the microwave, remove from oven when down and turn to broil
  • Take the sub roll and tear out some of the bread in the middle, making sure not to poke a hole through the side
  • Place the rolls on a baking sheet and put under the broiler, with the rack placed high in the oven, and leave until golden brown (watch closely as these toast quickly), remove and cover the insides of the roll with the cheese slices leaving zero parts of the bread exposed, put back in broiler until the cheese is bubbling
  • Layer each rolls with the sauce and three meatballs, then sprinkle with torn basil, parmesan and red pepper flakes
  • Serve with a nice Chianti. (Grace prefers reserve for labeling purposes)

We rarely, if ever, recommend frozen food or a short-cut like this sandwich, but it turned out so well. Here are some other ideas from scratch:

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