Prep 35 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is a true man pleaser, think of it for TV game parties. Fresh marinara sauce makes all the difference in these hearty sandwiches. Look for it near the cheeses and fresh pasta at the supermarket. I'm thinking that a mess of meatballs could be made ahead and frozen to be used as and when wanted.
- 1 lb Italian sausage (spicy or sweet, casings removed)
- 1 (24 ounce) marinara sauce, fresh, purchased, divided
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated (about 1 1/2 ounces)
- 1⁄3 cup Italian parsley, fresh, chopped, divided
- 1⁄3 cup fresh basil, chopped, divided
- 4 French baguettes, split horizontally (5- to 6-inch-long pieces)
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, packed coarselygrated whole-milk
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix sausage meat,1/2 cup marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons parsley, and 2 tablespoons basil in large bowl.
- Using wet hands, shape mixture into 8 meatballs.
- Bring 2 tablespoons parsley, 2 tablespoons basil, remaining marinara, and meatballs to boil in large skillet.
- Cover; reduce heat; simmer until meatballs are cooked through, turning often, for about 20 minutes.
- Place baguette bottoms on a baking sheet; spread each with about 2 tablespoons sauce from the skillet.
- Cut meatballs in half in skillet; overlap 4 halves on each baguette bottom. Spoon remaining sauce over meatballs.
- Sprinkle mozzarella over top, dividing equally.
- Bake until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle with remaining parsley and basil.
- Cover with baguette tops.
My son just loved this! It is so easy to make and put together. I loved the crispiness of the baguette combined with the juiciness of the meatballs. I admit I did use a bit more cheese. :) This was a wonderful lunch for us today! Made for Photo Tag!