Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

These Slow Cooker Meatball Subs are an easy and delicious winter meal!

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These Slow Cooker Meatball Subs are an easy and delicious winter meal!I know it’s so cliche to talk about the weather, but I have to break that rule for just a quick minute.  This has been the wackiest winter ever here in upstate New York.  In a normal year, we would have had a total of 35-40″ of snow by mid-February.  I think we’re at about 4″ total right now…and 2″ of that arrived earlier this week.

I’ve heard rumors that February could be nasty since the Great Lakes aren’t frozen, and that means storms will pick up extra moisture as they come across the lakes.  I suspect that’s just the skiers trying to will some actual snow to appear.  As for me, I’m not complaining one bit.  My snowblower is parked in the shed…and I hope it stays there!

These Slow Cooker Meatball Subs are an easy and delicious winter meal!Even though our snowfall is far below the norm, it’s still been cold here this winter.  The high tomorrow is 9°F.  That’s cold.  It’s about this time every year that Laura and I start thinking about where we’d like to go on vacation this year.

The New York Times recently published their list of top places to visit this year.  Mexico City took top honors, but I’m thinking the zika scare will put a damper on any Central and South American destinations.  As for me, I’m voting for Bordeaux, France (#2), Turin, Italy (#31) and Beaufort, South Carolina, USA (#52).

These Slow Cooker Meatball Subs are an easy and delicious winter meal!Aside from daydreaming about vacations, cold winter days are perfect for delicious slow cooker meals.  And these Slow Cooker Meatball Subs totally fall into that category!  I made these meatballs up the day before actually and then just dropped ’em into the slow cooker the next day.  After a few hours of smelling these bad boys cook, Laura and I were both ready to dig in.  We may or may not have grabbed an extra meatball after we devoured the sandwiches…they were too good!

These Slow Cooker Meatball Subs are an easy and delicious winter meal!And the best part about these Slow Cooker Meatball Subs?  Awesome leftovers!  This recipe makes 24 large meatballs.  3 or 4 meatballs per sandwich.  You do the math.  That’s a lot of delicious sandwiches.  So you can either feed a big family, or just have amazing leftovers.  And truthfully you could make the meatballs smaller and get even more sandwiches.  Either way, you’ve got some delicious eats with just a little bit of prep work in the morning (or on the day before).

Now I’m off to think about visiting Bordeaux or Turin.  Or maybe shovel all of the snow that might or might not be coming our way this month.  Cheers!

These Slow Cooker Meatball Subs are an easy and delicious winter meal!What place(s) on the New York Times list would you like to visit this year?

What is the proper meatball : sandwich ratio?

These Slow Cooker Meatball Subs are an easy and delicious winter meal!

Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

These Slow Cooker Meatball Subs are an easy and delicious winter meal!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 631kcal

Ingredients

For the Subs

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs and milk. Let soak for 15 minutes.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients (beef, pork, onion, egg, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, red pepper and Parmesan cheese). Mix until well combined. Shape the mixture into 24 meatballs. (Tip: Take care not to overmix or the meatballs may be tough.)
  • Pour olive oil into a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and cook just until browned on all sides. Remove meatballs from skillet and set aside.
  • Pour one jar of pasta sauce into a slow cooker. Add the meatballs and then pour second jar of sauce and the crushed tomatoes on top. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  • Once meatballs are almost done, preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Slice the hoagie rolls and remove some of the bread from the inside to make room for the meatballs. Brush inside of rolls with olive oil and place in oven for 3-4 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
  • Use a slotted spoon to place meatballs in the toasted rolls. Spoon extra sauce from the slow cooker over the meatballs and then top with parsley and mozzarella cheese. Place subs back into oven for another 3-4 minutes, or until cheese melts and gets slightly browned on top.

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36 Comments

  1. I take France. My list has gotten longer since I keep adding places that I want to visit and I hope I’m able to travel around the world one day. These meatball subs look so amazing! I love comfort food like this and am sure the hubs will appreciate it too. Yum!

    1. Traveling around the world would be awesome, wouldn’t it, Linda? I don’t know how realistic that one is, but we can still take lots of “smaller” trips to awesome places. I’ll see you in France? 🙂

  2. I don’t believe that Abu Dhabi (#8) made the list! I spent most of my teen years there! And yay – Sri Lanka made it too! From what my cousin says, tourism has been thriving in Sri Lanka ever since the civil war ended! Thanks for giving me something to daydream about – while I am at my day job today I’m gonna be in Barcelona, Vaud and Turin – mentally anyway – though Beaufort SC is only a 4 hour drive from here – hmmm…wonder if anyone would notice if I played hookie… 🙂
    Lurve this post, David – and lurve the sound of those meatballs – though why waste buns on them – Lil Shashi and I’d be eating them over the slow cooker! Eeeeooow – right?!
    Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Look at you, Shashi! Abu Dhabi and Sri Lanka both on the list, and you’ve lived in both. (I didn’t realize you had lived in Abu Dhabi…how cool!) I think you should play hooky from work and take a quick little trip up to Beaufort. The photo reminds me of Charleston, and I loved my childhood in Charleston! And yes, I agree with you…the buns are just an extra bonus on this recipe. The meatballs straight out of the slow cooker is the way to go! Hope you and lil Shashi had an awesome weekend!! 🙂

  3. I envy you for living in upstate New York. Me and hubby have always said, should we ever move to the States, Boston/New England and the surrounding areas would be first on our list. It´s a beautful place!
    These slow cooker meat ball subs are just what I need today. I love this kind of thing for Friday nights!

    1. This area of the States is indeed a lot of fun, Johlene. I grew up in the South, so I thought this whole area would be like NYC…hectic, packed, busy. But I was so wrong. Upstate New York is more farmland and rolling hills. It’s nice. Cold. But nice. And we’re just 3 hours from NYC, 3 hours from Boston and 3 hours from Montreal. Oh, and you’re right…slow cooker meals are perfect for the weekend. I hope you guys had an awesome weekend over there! 🙂

  4. Hi David! We had meatball subs last night! Really! Gary made herbed baguettes yesterday and I had made the meatballs Kevin posted the other day. 🙂 It has been way too wintery here, as in cold and snowy! But it has been sunny so I shouldn’t complaint! I think I’d like anywhere warm for a vacation. Have a great weekend and stay warm!

    1. No way…talk about perfect timing! We both had meatball subs on the brain last week, Dorothy! And I’m super impressed that Gary made homemade baguettes. I was just telling Laura yesterday that it’s been way too long since I’ve baked bread. I need to get up and make something soon! Yes, it has been cold and snowy here…like crazy cold. The water line in our fridge froze over the weekend b/c our fridge sits against an outer wall of the house. That’s cold! Hope you guys had a great weekend! 🙂

  5. I’ve been to the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, and it’s stunning, especially in late summer/early fall. On the other hand, a trip to France would be fantastic for any foodie. In the meantime, though, those meatball subs could definitely help me through this horribly cold weather we’ve been having.

    1. Yes, I agree! We definitely need lots of subs to help us get through this crazy winter. Or lots of daydreaming about awesome places to visit…like Croatia?? I’ve never thought about visiting Croatia, but I’ll take your word on it!

  6. I’m all for France. It would be cold, but enough wine and cheese and I wouldn’t even notice. I love your meatball subs….especially since they are made in the slow cooker. I love coming home from work and already having dinner ready! Now if I could just get someone to do the dishes…

  7. Hey David, I come from the dessert and the cold weather in the US almost traumatized me, I’m happy that it’s not that cold here in NY compare to last year, I think God is having mercy on me!
    These meatballs are calling my name and I think it will be rude for me not to answer, so hopefully I’ll be making some soon 🙂

      1. Haha! I can totally see how the cold winters would traumatize you if you come from the desert…or if you come from the dessert. Either way works for me, Muna! 🙂

    1. Hmmm…if they don’t make these in the Caribbean, then you should just make ’em yourself! These subs are totally winter comfort food, Cathy! 🙂 In fact, you should just open a meatball sub restaurant…I bet it would do really well since no one else makes meatball subs down there!

  8. I would love to visit New York again! I’ve just come back from holiday in Bologna in Italy – another great place I highly recommend to visit! But a trip to France would be fantastic with all the delicious food! 🙂 These meatball subs look fantastic, I’ll definitely have to try them soon!

    1. I just read your post about Bologna, Jess…what an awesome trip! I totally just added Bologna to our list of places to go. 🙂 And yes to these meatball subs, too. They are the very definition of winter comfort food!

    1. Thank you so much, Kushi! These meatball subs are crazy easy since all of the work is done up-front. Then you can just sit back and let dinner cook itself! 🙂

  9. Oh my goodness! David these slow cooker meatball subs look so good! They look like the perfect meal and way to warm up on a chilly afternoon! Hope that you had a great weekend!

    1. You are so totally right, Cailee…cold winter days just require awesome comfort food. And these subs are the very definition of winter comfort food! I hope you had an awesome weekend. 🙂

    1. Yeah, Zika kinda put a damper on any Central or South American travel this year. Hopefully they get that thing under control before the summer Olympics this year! And you’re totally right…these subs are a mess to eat. But such a good mess! 🙂

  10. Yum, these slow cooker meatball subs look delicious! My kind of sandwich. As far as a vacation, just about anywhere would do. I haven’t had a real vacation in a few years. But I too am not sure if I would like to travel in Central or South America, with all that I have heard about the Zika virus.

    1. Thank you so much, Dawn! I’m with you on vacations, too…I’m happy with almost anything as long as it’s a nice break from the day-to-day. (Except Central/South America…I’ll hold off a bit on that one, too.)

  11. Holy Yeti that 9°F is mighty cold! My pick would be Cesme Turkey again and you could easily drive over to Ephesus and Troy. Or Tamil Nadu looks amazing in the south of India. Brno in the Czech Republic is amazing as is Prague itself. It is a city locked in the past architecturally – so beautiful. BUT Turin has some amazing Egyptian artifacts I would love to see.

    See what you did? I got lost traveling again… This is Slow Cooker Deliciousness of sure and I love me some meatballs. 🙂

    1. Yup, 9° was indeed mighty cold…and that was the high during the day. The night got down to a windchill of -35 or -40. The water line in our refrigerator froze (it’s against an outside wall). So yeah, I was definitely dreaming of warmer places. I’ve heard Prague is incredible, and I’ve always wanted to go to Ephesus. I’m just not sure how safe it is to travel in that part of the world right now. Maybe one day! 🙂

  12. Hey, David. Tom is Turin right now. Ken was in Amsterdam/Rome/Iceland last week. #IWasNot 🙁 What’s wrong with this picture?! I love slow-cooker recipes….meatball subs could be a very nice consolation prize. Thanks!

    1. Wait. Turin?!? I’ve heard Turin is beautiful. And I already know how cool Amsterdam and Rome are. Geez…I’m jealous with you, Judy! But hey, I say you make a huge batch of these meatballs…and then keep them all for yourself when everyone comes back in town. Haha! I hope they at least bring you something cool back. 🙂

      1. Tom had better bring chocolate. Last night Ken sent me (through his roommate’s parents who were visiting) some delicious Dutch cheese and some Chicken Lime Soup with Avocados. No, the soup was not from Europe; it was Ken’s homemade cooking. And it was really good. It somehow made me think of you. Just had some for lunch and sent Ken a note thanking him, to which he replied, “Save some for Dad”. Um. Oops. Too late? Hey…he’s got Turin. I have soup. Seems fair to me!

        1. Oh, we love Dutch cheese. I am so jealous of Ken! We literally just wandered along the streets of Amsterdam munching on Gouda. Haha! And as far as the soup? Totally fair game!! 🙂

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