Toasted meatball marinara baps

    25 min

    Soft baps are stuffed with meatballs in a marinara sauce, together with grated mozzarella, before being lightly toasted in the oven.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1.2kg pizza topping sauce
    • 285g apple jam
    • 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 450g meatballs
    • 6 baps, split lengthways
    • 115g grated mozzarella cheese

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. In a large saucepan, mix pizza topping sauce, apple jam, Italian herb seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a low boil over medium heat.
    2. Place meatballs into the sauce mixture. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until meatballs are done, stirring occasionally.
    3. While the meatballs are cooking, preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Place the split sandwich rolls on a large baking tray.
    4. Place several meatballs and desired amount of sauce in each roll. Layer with mozzarella cheese. Place in the preheated oven for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.


    If your local supermarket doesn't stock apple jam, you can find it in speciality stores or online. Alternatively, the recipe will also work with apple sauce.

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    I've made this (less the hoagie buns) several times as a hot appetizer at parties. I put the pizza sauce and jelly in a crock pot and let them melt together on high, then add a bag of frozen meatballs, cook for about 30 minutes, turn down to low and let party goers dip as they wish. Always a hit and super easy!  -  17 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I tried this recipe for my family, and we all loved it. I fried some onions and red and green peppers on the stove and added them to the subs. Sprinkled mozzerella cheese on top, we loved it. Thanks for the great recipe.  -  01 Feb 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Wonderful recipe! I used pepper jelly instead of apple jelly because I had some leftover from the holidays. Based on the other reviews that indicated this made a lot of sauce, I used a full bag of frozen, Italian meatballs, so this made at least 3 meals! The sauce got better and better each time we had it. Kids & hubby loved it! Made the sauce, then put it all in the crockpot to cook on slow all day. So easy!  -  16 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)