This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooked Perfect® Meatballs. All opinions are 100% mine.
Fall is in full swing around our house! School, gymnastics, football, taekwondo, and scouts keep us pretty busy in the evenings, so I have to plan pretty quick dinners that don’t require a lot of prep! And being that I have 3 kids, it seems like the simple dinners are liked more too! So, these Easy Italian Meatball Sandwiches have become a pretty regular meal on our menu!
This recipe is one I’ve been making for a while, so I was excited when Cooked Perfect® Meatballs wanted to team up with me to share this recipe! One of the main reasons that I love this recipe is that it literally only takes me 25 minutes to put together from start to finish and I usually have all the ingredients on hand. We will even sometimes just use rolls for our bread if that’s all we have on hand.
When the Cooked Perfect® Meatballs are on sale, I’ll grab a few bags for the freezer. They have a lot of great flavors, but my favorite are the Sweet Italian, Italian Style and Homestyle.
The recipe is super easy – I start it on the stove on medium heat with my Cooked Perfect Meatballs Italian Style or Sweet Italian Meatballs and one 15oz can or bottle of Garlic and Herb Spaghetti Sauce. Then I just add a little additional seasoning – usually garlic powder and onion powder and then cover.
They usually take about 10 minutes to heat all the way through on the stove and I stir them a few times during the cooking time. If the center of the meatballs aren’t 100% heated, don’t stress. You’re going to finish the sandwiches off in the oven.
After the meatballs are heated through and the sauce has thickened up a little, just stuff your bread with the meatballs! Then put all the sandwiches in a 9×13.
Then go ahead and layer some cheese on the sandwiches. My family loves provolone cheese on theirs, but Swiss or Pepper Jack could be tasty too!
You can also layer other toppings on top of the cheese if you’d like. While the meatballs are heating up, I usually throw a little pan of onions and peppers on the stove to cook. I cook them about 75% of the way through and then layer them on top of the cheese and let them finish cooking in the oven.
Then stick them in the oven at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes! Just enough time to finish cooking any toppings and to melt the cheese all the way! Then enjoy!
EASY ITALIAN MEATBALL SANDWICHES
1 package of Cooked Perfect® Italian Style Meatballs
1 15 oz can or bottle of Garlic & Herb Spaghetti Sauce
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
1 package of Provolone Cheese (or cheese of preference)
Onions, Peppers, Etc for toppings (optional)
8 Hoagie Buns
Preheat your oven for 375 degrees.
Combine meatballs, spaghetti sauce and any seasons on a pan on the stove top. Cook on medium heat covered for 10-12 minutes, stirring a few times.
While the meatballs are cooking, get your hoagie buns cut. Also, if you have any toppings you want to add, get them sliced and cooking on the stove. I generally cook my toppings about 75% of the way through and then let them finish cooking in the oven.
Once the meatballs have warmed all the way through and your sauce has thickened a little then go ahead and fill your hoagie buns with the meatballs and a little sauce.
Then top your meatballs with your cheese of choice and any toppings you’d like.
Cook in the oven for approx 10-12 more minutes or until the cheese is fully melted. ENJOY!
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