Italian Sausage Meatball Heroes

Vicki Butts (lazyme)


Fresh marinara sauce makes all the difference in these robust sandwiches. Look for it near the cheeses and fresh pasta at the supermarket.

From Bon Appetit May 2007.


★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
30 Min


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1 lb
italian sausages, casings removed
24 oz
purchased fresh marinara sauce, divided
1/2 c
freshly grated parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 oz)
1/3 c
chopped fresh italian parsley, divided
1/3 c
chopped fresh basil, divided
pieces french baguette, split horizontally (5- to 6-inches long)
1 c
coarsely grated whole-milk mozzarella cheese, packed

How to Make Italian Sausage Meatball Heroes


  • 1Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • 2Mix sausage, 1/2 cup marinara, Parmesan, 2 tablespoons parsley, and 2 tablespoons basil in large bowl. Using wet hands, shape mixture into 8 meatballs.
  • 3Bring 2 tablespoons parsley, 2 tablespoons basil, remaining marinara, and meatballs to boil in large skillet. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until meatballs are cooked through, turning often, about 20 minutes.
  • 4Place baguette bottoms on baking sheet; spread each with about 2 tablespoons sauce from skillet. Cut meatballs in half in skillet; overlap 4 halves on each baguette bottom. Spoon remaining sauce over meatballs, then sprinkle mozzarella over, dividing equally.
  • 5Bake until cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining parsley and basil and cover with baguette tops.

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About Italian Sausage Meatball Heroes

Course/Dish: Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Italian

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