Italian Meatball Sandwich



This is absolutely The Best Italian Meatball Sandwich you have ever tasted. There is nothing better than fried meatballs on garlic bread topped with gravy, provolone cheese, sweet peppers and onions.

This hearty sandwich is something you will want to make on a regular basis. As long as your gravy is made, it’s very easy to put together. I prefer using provolone cheese on this sandwich but of course mozzarella will be just as delicious.

You can use garlic toasted dinner rolls for this meatball sandwich or a nice crusty ciabatta dinner rolls. Enjoy!



  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 Tbls of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbls of tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup of red wine
  • 2 15oz.can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of fresh ground black pepper


  • In a medium size saucepan, saute the onions, green pepper and garlic in the olive oil for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and wine and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce and water and add the oregano, basil, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook the gravy for at least 2 to 3 hours.



  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cups of grated Romano cheese
  • 1 cup of flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbls of extra virgin olive oil


  • In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all the ingredients above except for the olive oil.
  • Using your hands, roll the meat into meatballs.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan.
  • Fry the meatball for about 3 minutes on each side. Until meatballs are golden brown.
  • Add the fried meatballs to the gravy..

    Makes around 12 meatballs

    Sandwich Assembly


  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 3 Tbls of extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 Tbls of butter, softened
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 slices of provolone cheese


  • In a medium size frying pan, saute the onions and peppers in the olive oil until tender.
  • Drain the onions and peppers on a paper towel.
  • Blend together the butter and garlic.
  • Slice open the dinner rolls and spread the butter garlic mixture on the bread.
  • Sprinkle with oregano and Parmesan cheese.
  • Place the rolls on a baking sheet and broil until the bread is lightly toasted. Watch the bread closely so it doesn’t burn.
  • Plate the rolls and top with 2 slices of provolone.
  • Add 3 meatballs, a little gravy and the onions and peppers and your meatball sandwich is ready to eat.

    Serves 4 people.

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