Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Meatball subs recipe

These divine Meatball subs are better than the bought kind because they are packed full of fresh flavours. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand.




  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 onion, diced finely
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tin (400g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tin (400g) diced tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 submarine-shaped rolls
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped


Preheat oven to 180°C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.

Place all the meatballs ingredients into a bowl and mix together with clean hands. Roll into 16 balls with wet hands and place on the prepared baking tray.

Bake for 15 minutes. Check to see if they are cooked by cutting into the centre of one. Remove from oven and set the oven to grill.

While the meatballs are baking, place the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add garlic and cook for one minute, taking care it doesn't burn, and then add the rest of the sauce ingredients. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer, allow to slightly reduce while the meatballs are cooking.

Place the rolls into the oven for 3 minutes to warm.

Remove from oven and split the rolls. Place a bit of fresh basil inside, add four meatballs and spoon some of the sauce over them. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and place back into the oven under the griller to melt the cheese.

Serve with salad and shoestring fries.