Italian Meatball Sub Sandwich

This Italian meatball sub sandwich delivers comfort and flavor in each delicious bite. The combination of savory meatballs, creamy marinara sauce, and melted provolone cheese tucked in a homemade hoagie roll is more than a classic.  It’s heartwarming.

Meatball sub on a wooden cutting board

Homemade Meatballs are one of our favorite staple foods.  They’re so easy to pull together.  I make a large batch and freeze them in vacuum-sealed bags.  Then when we have busy days, we can have a delicious homecooked meal that is quick to make.  

I’m a big fan of crusty rolls.  Yet when it comes to meatball subs, I prefer a softer hoagie roll that wraps itself around the goodness of the meatballs, marinara sauce, and cheese.  This is my favorite hoagie roll recipe.  And just like the meatballs, these freeze beautifully.   

Meatball sub on a wooden cutting board

Italian Meatball Sub Sandwich

Foodie de Froid
Servings 4 sandwiches
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
These Italian meatball sub sandwiches deliver comfort and flavor in each delicious bite. The combination of savory meatballs, creamy marinara sauce, and melted provolone cheese tucked in a homemade hoagie roll is more than a classic.  It's heartwarming.
5 from 1 vote


  • 12 meatballs large
  • 4 hoagie buns
  • 10 ounces provolone shredded

Marinara Sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp parsley dried
  • 1/2 tsp oregano dried
  • 1 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • salt to taste
  • pepper freshly ground, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F
  • Heat a medium-sized saucepan to medium. Add olive oil and garlic. Stir until fragrant. Add tomatoes and seasonings. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking. Bring sauce to boiling and then turn to medium-low. Continue to cook for 10 minutes to infuse the flavors.
    2 tbsp olive oil, 3 cloves garlic, 1 tsp crushed red pepper, 1 tsp parsley, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1 14 oz can crushed tomatoes, 1 14 oz can chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper
  • Warm meatballs in the sauce or the microwave.
    12 meatballs
  • Place three meatballs on each of the hoagie rolls.
    4 hoagie buns
  • Ladle the sauce over the meatballs. Top with the cheese.
    10 ounces provolone
  • Place in oven for 5 minutes. Turn oven to broil. Broil for an additional 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted. Serve warm.


These are my favorite meatballs to go on this sandwich. I always keep a batch on hand in the freezer.  It takes less than 1/2 an hour from thawing to serving these delicious meatball subs.  
Homemade Meatballs
Course hot sandwich
Cuisine American, Italian
Calories 600


Serving: 4gCalories: 600kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 31gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 841mgPotassium: 241mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 782IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 558mgIron: 12mg
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