RECIPE: Kid Pleasing Meatball Subs With Tomato Sauce. HOLY YUM.

It’ll be a stampede towards the kitchen table when delicious meatball subs are on the menu!

Serve the kids a meatball dinner, the FUN way – one that’s wrapped in a bread roll with lashings of tomato sauce of course. It’s fake-away take-away at its FINEST.

Get ready to become a fabulous sandwich artist, for SURE these will be requested for lunch or dinner over and over again by the kids!

Meatball Subs with Tomato Sauce Recipe


  • 500g veal mince
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 long crusty bread rolls, partially cut in half
  • 80g baby rocket leaves, plus extra to serve
  • 2 small zucchinis, sliced thinly into ribbons (or use baby cucumbers)
  • 1 grated carrot (optional)
  • ¾ cup store bought tomato and garlic pasta sauce, warmed
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shaved or grated
  • lemon wedges to serve


1. Place mince, garlic, onion and parsley in a large bowl. Season heavily and mix to combine thoroughly. (Tip: Use clean, slightly wet hands to mix thoroughly. It’s MUCH more efficient than using a wooden spoon!) Roll tablespoons of mince mixture into balls. Repeat this process to make 16 meatballs.

2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Cook meatballs for 4-5 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Don’t overcrowd the pan or constantly touch the meatballs or they will fall apart. They do best when left alone to sizzle! Cook them in a couple of batches depending on pan size. Set cooked meatballs aside on a plate and keep warm by covering them in foil.

3. While the meatballs are cooking, prepare your bread rolls. Fill the crusty bread rolls with rocket, zucchini ribbons (or baby cukes) and then the cooked meatballs. Top with the warmed tomato pasta sauce (warm it in the microwave) and plenty of grated or shaved parmesan cheese. You could even add some grated carrot for something different. Serve with extra rocket, parsley and lemon wedges. Delicious!

This is an original recipe from Australian Veal and yields four servings. Meatballs are suitable to freeze, in fact freezing an extra batch in portions makes for a great spur-of-the-moment kids dinner!

Want more veggies? Try our Italian meatballs in tomato sauce recipe or for even more dinner inspo, check out our 15 Budget Friendly Family Dinners Made With Mince. Easy peasy!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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