Years ago we lived across the street from an Italian deli, and every once in a while we’d run across and grab a couple of meatball subs. My current neighbourhood doesn’t have anything like that and I miss those subs. So I decided to make a homemade version. While the sauce wasn’t as spicy as I remember (and I used spicy red pepper flavour), the subs were still good. You could always add a little cayenne or hot sauce.
10 large Italian style frozen uncooked meatballs*
2 submarine rolls
6 slices mozzarella cheese, cut in half
2/3 jar your favourite tomato-based pasta sauce
Grease slow cooker and add pasta sauce and frozen meatballs. Cook on high for four hours, stirring occasionally to separate the meatballs as they thaw.
Once meatballs are ready, slice open rolls and lay cut side up on a cookie sheet. Broil for a couple of minutes until they just start to brown. Remove from oven. Cover one side of roll with meatballs and ladle on sauce to taste. Add half of the cheese strips to each roll (two layers). Put back under broiler long enough to melt the cheese. Close up rolls and serve.
* you can use smaller ones, just figure out how many you’ll need to cover the roll. If using cooked meatballs, one hour in the slow cooker should be plenty.
If your kids are old enough to use the oven, they could easily make these.
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