The Best Meatball with Marinara Sauce Submarine Sandwich

A mouthwatering submarine sandwich with sumptuous marinara sauce!

A delicious submarine sandwich with juicy meatballs and a generous serving of marinara sauce really gets the tastebuds fired up. Using the drain and rinse method of meal preparation will get you chowing down on The Best Meatball with Marinara Sauce Submarine Sandwich faster than you can say meatballs!

Meatball Marinara Sandwich

It’s amazing how versatile a bun can be – depending on its shape, it can be a vessel for all sorts of delicious contents! Long buns can become hot dog buns, hoagies, submarine sandwiches, a long john, a finger bun, a croque nombril, a jambon-beurre de moissonneuse-batteuse; the possibilities of bun plus something in, or on, the bun are practically limitless!

Any foodie worth their credentials – and not to worry, I’ve received the top foodie certification from The DeVry Institute! – knows one of the most notable bun-type meals is the meatball sandwich, which got its start in Meatball, Pennsylvania, hence the name! With a splash of delicious marinara sauce, the meatball sandwich is a staple for me when I need a healthy serving of mechanically separated meat and enriched white bread. It simply can’t be beat for a meal when you don’t have time to prepare vegetables or some other side dish. The meatball sandwich is, many say, the King of Sandwiches. So here’s to sandwich royalty: long live the King!

Let’s dive in to the recipe!

The Best Meatball with Marinara Sauce Submarine Sandwich

A meatball sub sandwich with rich and tomatoey marinara sauce really hits the spot on long summer days. Drain, rinse, and assemble on a fresh bun and you're good to go for lunch or dinner. This one's a little tricky - be sure to pay attention the variations on the drain and rinse steps you're used to!

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 2 min Total Time 7 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 1 Best Season: Summer



  1. Open a can of spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce and place in a strainer, over a measuring cup.
  2. Allow the sauce to drain out of the spaghetti and meatballs. Depending on the thickness of the sauce, this may take 5-10 minutes.
  3. Once the sauce is nearly fully drained from the spaghetti and meatballs, rinse the spaghetti and meatballs and remove the meatballs. Save the spaghetti for a future recipe if you wish!
  4. Warm your sauce and meatballs in a microwave for 60 seconds.
  5. Slice open your long bun, lengthwise.
  6. Place the meatballs on your bun.
  7. Add sauce.
  8. Add a few dashes of parmesan cheese and enjoy your Meatball Marinara Sub!
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