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Recipe: Subway's legendary Meatball Marinara sub

We've finally got the recipe for the nation's favourite sub...

1y ago

The Meatball Marinara is our favourite order in Subway for a reason: it's deliciously rich and tomatoey, and crammed full of meatballs. What's not to love? You can even have a vegetarian version now... the world really is our meatball.

To ease the painful absence of our much loved lunch, you can now make a Meatball Marinara for yourself. First, you'll need a Subway loaf (we have the recipe for that too, here).

Meatball Marinara sub

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  • 250g lean beef mince
  • 250g pork mince
  • 40g bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped onions
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1 whisked egg
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 500ml tomato passata
  • 1 grated onion
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp mixed Italian herbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes (if you like)


  1. In a large bowl, mix the beef and pork mince with the parsley, the chopped onions and the salt.
  2. With wet hands, roll the mixture into meatball sized balls.
  3. Brown the meatballs entirely in a frying pan on a medium heat and set aside to make your sauce.
  4. Fry the onion in some oil until softened, then add the garlic and cook for one minute.
  5. Stir in the passata, herbs, sugar, salt and chilli flakes (if you're having them).
  6. Simmer on a medium heat till the sauce has thickened and reduced by around 1/3.
  7. Add the meatballs to the pan and coat them in the sauce. Cover with a lid and leave to cook for 6-8 minutes.

The sub

  1. Take one of your sub loaves and cut in half.
  2. Place 8 meatballs along the bottom and add as much sauce as you like.
  3. Sprinkle on some cheese of your choice. Subway recommends mozzarella and parmesan.
  4. Bake in the oven till the cheese is bubbling and the sub is as toasted as you want it.

Recipe Notes

You can substitute the mince for your favourite vegetarian option or some tofu, if you prefer.

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Comments (10)

  • This makes me in a mood for a homemade meatball sub!

      1 year ago
  • I always had the Italian sub with turkey salad and sweet onion relish delicious but never had the meatball one .

      1 year ago
  • Nice. One of my favourites too but be warned. That photo is a lie.😖 If I'm correct that's a six inch sub? There are 4 whole meatballs in it. We'll not round our way anymore. They cut them in half so it's only two in total. Bloody rip off

      1 year ago