Super Meatball Subs

Total Time
34 min
12 min
22 min
Lean ground turkey and Parmigiano-Reggiano make for slimmed-down subs with big flavor.


uncooked extra lean ground turkey breast

1 pound(s)

seasoned breadcrumbs

½ cup(s), Italian-flavor

grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup(s), such as Parmigiano-Reggiano


1 large

Italian seasoning

1½ tsp

kosher salt

2 tsp

canned tomato sauce

24 oz

Italian bread

20 oz, about two 10-inch loaves

shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

½ cup(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place oven racks in top 1/3 of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or foil that’s been coated with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine turkey, bread crumbs, cheese, egg, Italian seasoning and salt. Using a tablespoon to scoop out turkey mixture, gently shape a tablespoon of mixture into a small meatball and place on a prepared baking sheet; repeat with remaining ingredients to make 32 meatballs. Bake, shaking pans every 5 minutes to promote even browning, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. While meatballs are cooking, slice each loaf of bread into four equal pieces.
  4. When meatballs are done, remove from baking sheets. Place bread on same baking sheets; top each piece with 4 meatballs. Spoon about 3 tablespoons sauce over meatballs in each sandwich; top each with 1 tablespoon cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and sandwiches are heated through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Yields 1 sandwich per serving.


Scoop out some bread to create better space for the meatballs so they do not fall out of the sandwich when you bite it.Top with fresh basil if desired.

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