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Tomato Sauce with Meatballs (Meatball Subs)

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This delicious, home-cooked tomato sauce with meatballs can be eaten alone (meatballs), over pasta, or on hoagies for meatball subs. It is savory and a little sweet, and especially nice on a cool fall or winter day.



  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp dried oregano


  • ½ lb. lean ground turkey
  • ½ lb. mild Italian sausage
  • ¾ c. fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ c. milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • flour, for rolling
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, for browning

Meatball Subs

  • Sliced provolone cheese
  • Sub or hoagie buns


  1. Sauce, part i: Saute onion and garlic in olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When onion is translucent, stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar, and the bay leaf. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 90 minutes.
  2. Meatballs: Mix ground turkey, sausage (can substitute 1 lb. ground beef but either eliminate the milk or use 1 c. bread crumbs if doing so), bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, garlic powder, milk, and beaten egg. Mix and roll into balls. Cover and store in the refrigerator until needed.
  3. When the sauce has simmered for 80 minutes or so, roll the meatballs in flour. Add olive oil to a frying pan over medium heat and brown the meatballs to lock in flavor. They will fully cook in the sauce later, so no need to overdo it.
  4. Sauce, part ii: Stir in tomato paste, basil, oregano, pepper, and meatballs. Simmer for 30 more minutes.
  5. Meatball subs: Heat the broiler to 450°F. Open the hoagies and lay sliced provolone on them. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until bread is lightly browned. Spoon meatballs and sauce onto buns and serve hot.

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