Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Homemade meatball sandwiches....from the meatballs to the sauce! The meatballs are baked, not fried, and the sauce and meatballs cook cook for almost 2 hours to create a delicious aroma and taste! Mama-mia!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Slice the french rolls in half. On one side of each roll, scrape out a hollow trough for the meatballs to nestle inches With the bread you scrape out, save 1 cup of the breadcrumbs for the meatballs. Place the buns back in a plastic bag and set aside.
  2. For the meatballs:.
  3. Take the 1 cup of breadcrumbs from the rolls and combine it with the milk in a large bowl; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the sausage and the next 8 ingredients; mix well.
  4. Shape the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place the meatballs in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned. Set aside.
  5. For the Sauce:.
  6. Saute the green peppers, chopped onion, and 2 cloves minced garlic in oil in a large saucepan until the vegetables are tender. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, water, sugar, 1 1/2 tsp basil, and 1/4 tsp oregano; stir well.
  7. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 45 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add the reserved meatballs; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  8. To assemble the sandwiches:.
  9. Take the French rolls out of the bag and brush lightly with the softened butter. Place cheese on the flat side of the bread (not the one you hollowed out for the meatballs). I cut my cheese slices in half so that they fit nicely on the bread and cover all the bread.
  10. Broil 6 inches from the heat until lightly toasted and the cheese is melted and gooey -- watch carefully so the cheese doesn't burn.
  11. Spoon meatball mixture onto the hollowed out side of the buns, and top with the cheese covered side of the bun. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

5 5

These are soooooo good. I used beef broth in place of the wine in the sauce and cooked it down so it would be thick and cling to the meatballs well. Love that the meatballs were ask to be baked as I do that all of the time anyway so this time I didn't feel like I was cheating, lol. Weather you use balls and sauce in a sandwich, on pasta or anything else you might wish you'll be happy that you made it. :D

5 5

A hit a our club meeting. Very yummy, will definitely use again.

5 5

I prepared these sandwiches with bread slices. For the crumbs I had leftover of white bread that crubled with my food processor.<br/>As cheese I had mozzarella (dry kind) lefovers and sliced provolone. <br/>I prepared one third of the proposed meatballs with corresponding sauce, so that I could use only the sandwich I needed and the other meatballs could stay in the sauce.<br/>I prepared the bread in the oven: first broiled one slice wiht the provolone, than added one meatball (I prepared in the size of the breadI) with the sauce, topped with mozzarella and place the secon slice near the prepared bread. I removed the sandwich as the mozzarella was running and placed the warm slice bread on top. Delicious!