February 7, 2016

Oven Baked Meatball Subs


This game day we are serving up a winning tradition: Ragu® Baked Meatball Subs! My foodie family and hungry friends like to eat so I wanted to make a hearty meal everyone would enjoy while watching the game. Plus the meatballs can be made in advance so that makes me day easier! Even better, I can also make two of my favorite appetizers: Marinara Stuffed Mushrooms and Spaghetti Pizza using the 3 pack of 45 ounce Ragu® Sauce I purchased at Sam's Club. It's a great time saver for me, so I can relax and enjoy the game too and not be stuck in the kitchen all day.
I have been a fan of Ragu® for years and I love their long-standing traditional, quality ingredients.  I know that I can trust that Ragu® sauce is a quality product that my family will enjoy. The sauce is the perfect addition to many of my meals and even my picky toddler asks for it often. 
We love our Sam's Club membership and this year it really came
 in handy for our game day food shopping!
 We stocked up on Ragu® pasta sauce for my Baked Meatball Subs, Spaghetti Pizza, and Marinara Stuffed Mushrooms. All these dishes are for this weekend and with the 3 pack of 45oz Ragu® sauces at Sam's Club I have the perfect amount of sauce for all my recipes {plus extra for dipping, of course}.

View my cooking video here. Sponsored by Ragu®.




Ingredients:

Makes 20 meatballs/5 meatball subs
  • 1 lb ground beef {I used ground sirloin 90/10}
  • 1 lb ground pork 
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup panko seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 large yellow onion, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • salt/cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 5 hoagie rolls
  • 3 cups Ragu® Chunky Pasta Sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups mozzerella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef and pork, eggs, panko, onion, garlic, and salt and pepper.
  3. Stir until well combined.
  4. Using a large scoop or your hands {my preferred method} roll large palm sized meatballs.
  5. Place in rows on a lined baking sheet. You should have about 20.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.
  7. Remove from oven but keep oven on and set aside.
  8. Pour your Ragu® sauce into a large deep skillet and heat over medium low heat.
  9. Add your meatballs to the sauce and stir to combine.
  10. For your hoagie rolls, split down the middle but be sure not to cut all the way through. You want the bread to still be connected on one side.
  11. Add the rolls, cut side up, to a greased 9X13 baking dish. 
  12. Using a slotted spoon add 4 meatballs to each hoagie roll. 
  13. Add a healthy couple scoops of Ragu® sauce on top.
  14. Sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella on top of each hoagie.
  15. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.
  16. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning sprinkled on top and serve warm, with extra napkins, to your hungry game day party guests.
  17. I like to set a warm bowl of Ragu® Sauce out for guests to add additional sauce if needed.

I use Ragu® pasta sauce, in a convenient 3 pack from Sam's Club, in many of my recipes including three dishes for game day today.
 I use a mixture of ground beef {sirloin} and ground pork for my meatballs.
 In a large bowl, add ground beef and pork, eggs,
 panko, garlic, and salt and pepper.
 My secret ingredients for moist meatballs? Grated onion {with it's juice}.
 Add the onion and mix well.
Stir until well combined.
Roll large palm sized meatballs.
You can use a large scoop or your hands {my preferred method}.
 Place in rows on a lined baking sheet. You should have about 20. 
 Bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.
Remove from oven but keep oven on and set aside.
 Pour your Ragu® sauce into a large deep skillet and heat over medium low heat.
Add your meatballs to the sauce and stir to combine.
 For your hoagie rolls, split down the middle but be sure not to cut all the way through. 
 You want the bread to still be connected on one side
Add the rolls, cut side up, to a greased 9X13 baking dish. 
 Using a slotted spoon add 4 meatballs to each hoagie roll. 
 Add a healthy couple scoops of Ragu® sauce on top. 
 Sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella on top of each hoagie.
 Bake for 10-15 minutes until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.
 Sprinkle with Italian seasoning sprinkled on top and serve warm, 
with extra napkins, to your hungry game day party guests.
 I like to set a warm bowl of Ragu® Sauce out for guests to add additional sauce if needed.
Learn more here: www.ragu.com/recipes

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ragu®.
 The opinions and text are all mine.


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