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Turkey Meatball Subs
with Italian side salad

Active: 30 minTotal: 40 min

Meatball subs are an ultimate comfort food. This version is a bit lighter than some thanks to the use of turkey meatballs which won't dry out when simmered in sauce. We serve these with a tangy Italian-style side salad for a restaurant meal made right in your home kitchen.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Turkey Meatball Subs:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Parsley, any fresh variety - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Eggs - 1
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Turkey, ground - 1 lb
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/2 cup
  • Sandwich rolls, Italian sub style - 4
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
  • Tomatoes, diced (14 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans
Italian Side Salad:
  • Onions, red - 1/2, thinly sliced
  • Cheese, parmesan (opt) - 1/4 cup, grated
  • Tomatoes, roma - 4, chopped
  • Lettuce, romaine (sub butterhead) - 4 hearts, chopped
  • Black olives, sliced (1 can = 2.25 oz / 63 g) - 1 can
  • Mayonnaise (sub plain Greek yogurt) - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/4 tsp

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Prep

  1. Onions / Garlic - Prep as directed. If prepping right before cooking, get sauce simmering (Make Step #1) before returning to do the rest of prep. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Parsley / Cheese - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Meatballs - In a large mixing bowl, whisk egg. Add parsley, salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Add turkey and breadcrumbs and stir until evenly combined (or mix with your hands). Form into 1” (2.5 cm) wide meatballs, about 4 to 5 meatballs per serving. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Tomatoes / Lettuce - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Rinse and drain olives.
  6. Halve sandwich rolls (if not pre-sliced).

Make

  1. Heat a large saucepan with a lid over medium heat. Add cooking oil, garlic and oregano and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute. Add tomatoes (including liquid) and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. If you would like a smoother sauce, blend with an immersion blender. Season with some salt and pepper. Add meatballs to sauce and gently spoon sauce over to coat. Return lid to the pot and continue to cook over medium heat until meatballs are cooked through, ~10 minutes.
  3. While meatballs simmer, whisk together mayonnaise, olive oil, vinegar and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Toss lettuce, olives, tomatoes and onions in dressing. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top.
  4. Toast sandwich rolls.
  5. When meatballs are cooked through, spoon meatballs and sauce onto rolls (it will be messy, but that’s part of the fun!). Enjoy with salad on the side!

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Reviews

This meal has 44 reviews

Delicious! Based in other comments, I only used one can of tomatoes and added one jar of pizza sauce. I also simmered everything together for about 40 minutes instead of cooking on medium for 10. I also added Parmesan on top. I'll definitely make it again!

By: Julia
Posted: Mar 20, 2016
Diet: Original

Loved the salad, not so much the meatballs.

By: Jacob
Posted: Feb 13, 2016
Diet: Original

I made a different side salad. It was ok - I think I would prefer to pan sear the meatballs before adding to the sauce for a browned crust on the meatballs.

By: Elizabeth
Posted: Feb 10, 2016
Diet: Original

I added a little sugar to cut the acidity of the sauce. My picky eater thought these were delicious. He's never liked anything with ground meat before so you know this recipe is good!

By: Rebecca
Posted: Dec 16, 2015
Diet: Original

As I was making this, the ingredients seemed so simple that I thought, "This isn't going to be good." I was so wrong! This was EXCELLENT!

By: Cindy
Posted: Dec 04, 2015
Diet: Original

We used ground pork because it's what we had on hand. We also added cheese. Overall, good, easy meal. Comfort food, for sure!

By: Anthony
Posted: Nov 23, 2015
Diet: Original