Easy Meatball Subs

I married an easy going, meat and potatoes type of guy. My husband would eat steak 7 nights a week and has actually requested hamburger helper for dinner before. He just loves meat. But he is always trying to encourage my kitchen skills and is about halfway on my bandwagon of healthy eating. Which is great, because he will eat just about anything I put in front of him. He has eaten cauliflower pizza, quinoa, kale tacos, hummus, and black bean brownies.. and that’s just been in the last week.

I try to reward him for humoring me and eating my crazy recipes, so every once in a while I attempt to make something “down home” for him. I generally suck at making any type of beef dish because I don’t like it and am never sure of how to prepare it. A few months ago, his mother had brought home a meatball sub from subway that was just to die for (I have some assumptions that the reason I liked it so much was because the amount of real meat in it was limited) and ever since I have been wanting to try meatball subs at home.

I completely wussed out on homemade meatballs this time. I couldn’t handle making two new things (meatballs and subs) so I figured if the subs turned out well then next time I would make homemade meatballs. This time, I bought my meatball at Aldi, they were reasonably priced and we had leftovers so we can have spaghetti and meatballs later this week.

For dinner, I emptied the bags of meatballs into an 8×8 baking dish and covered them with the remains of a vodka cream pasta sauce that has been mouldering in my fridge for almost too long. Then I baked them for about 20 minutes.

While the meatballs were baking, I took out some hoagie rolls and cut them almost in half but not all the way through so the meatballs could nestle in there real good. I shredded up some mozzarella cheese and when the meatballs were done I assembled the subs.

We could fit about 3 or 4 meatballs into each roll, using a slotted spoon to scoop the meatballs out of the sauce so the bread wouldn’t get all soggy. Then we topped it with the cheese.

Wonderful Husband ate 2 and kept commenting on how good it was. I was happy because while I did have to buy to meatballs from the store, all the other ingredients were things that we had stocked in our freezer (my freezer addiction will be a whole other post one day). So this was a pretty simple and inexpensive meal that made WH happy. Not only that, but later this week I can make a pot of spaghetti and we can eat the leftovers without feeling like we are having the exact same thing!


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