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Weeknight Meatball Subs

Hi all! This is a great meal for fall when the kids are in and out with sports and the weather cools off. Is the weather going to cool off? Feels like summer here now. Boo…I miss my boots….

20 minutes. That’s it….if you have 20 minutes you can make these for your family. They will love you…I promise…just a little bit more than they did before. The meatballs can also be cooked up on a Sunday and either keep in fridge for later that week….or freeze for a couple of months. So easy…and homemade…mmmmm….(fyi, these pics will not win any awards…taken with my phone very quickly)

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I use a very basic meatball recipe. I talked about them years ago on the blog….for the meatball sub….make the meatballs mini shape so that they fit nicely on your toasted bun. Toasted bun….moving on….

Combine the meat…brown in a pan with a bit of olive oil. Add in your favorite sauce and cover to simmer meatballs for about 15 minutes (or as long as you like) the steam from the sauce will cook them through and make them like a bit of heaven here on earth.

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Meanwhile get your buns ready to toast.

Again..toasted buns….I know I’m mature.

We like provolone on ours. Place the buns under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes…top with cheese and return to oven to melt a bit.

Get your balls on the buns and your done.

Sorry. Had to be said….



Weeknight Meatball Subs

Tracie at CleverlyInspired
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1.5 lbs ground chuck makes about 15 meatballs or 30 small
  • 2 T worshershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T milk
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 T olive oil
  • Extra large jar of a favorite spaghetti sauce.
  • Provolone cheese
  • Sub buns


  • In a medium bowl...whisk egg, garlic, parmesan, salt, pepper, milk.
  • Add in ground beef and combine with your hands just until incorporated.
  • Shape into 1 inch size balls.
  • Over med/high heat, add oil to pan. In batches, brown the outside of the balls.
  • When all are browned, add sauce in the pan, turn to low and cover and simmer for 15-30 minutes.
  • Brown buns under broiler. Melt cheese on the top. Add meatballs to your sub!


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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