Italian Meatball Sub


May 13, 2016

Italian Meatball Sub 5 0 5 8

A great easy meal perfect for parties, picnics, or taking to sports games or outings 🙂

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs 35 mins
  • 15 mins

    4 hrs 35 mins

    4 hrs 50 mins

  • Yields: 28 small meatballs, fed a family of 5



600g tray of pork (70%) and veal (30%) mince

1 egg

1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp minced garlic

1/8 cup dried, fine Parmesan

1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs


1 X 400g cam Ardmona Italian Herb tinned tomatoes with paste (see notes below)

1 onion fine diced

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped

1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


If you cannot purchase the combined tomatoes with paste use:

1 can diced tomatoes

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp dried mixed herbs


1Combine all ingredients for meatballs

2Wash hands then use fingers to combine well

3Roll into small balls (smaller than golf ball size - mine made 28 small balls) and set aside

4Combine all sauce ingredients in slow cooker and stir to combine

5Gently place meatballs on top of sauce - do not stir!

6Replace lid and cook on low for approx 4-5hrs

7Serve on split hotdog rolls with a sprinkling of Parmesan for a great easy meal - perfect for taking to sports or serving at picnics or parties


1I used a 6L Morphy Richards

2Resist urge to touch meatballs at all until at least the last hour so they remain firmly intact. I only flipped them over gently in the last hour then left them again.

Submitted by Paulene


11 Reviews


September 21, 2021

I love this recipe. I just wish the veal mince wasn’t so expensive ☹


April 7, 2019

My 3 boys absolutely demolished this! This recipe will be a firm favourite in our house from now on and will get a workout during football season. Yummm!

Tracey Davies

March 22, 2019

Yummo ! So good used fresh parsley but other herbs I used dry variety.

Sally Dickson

June 5, 2018

Thank you for creating this site. I am really enjoying. I only just bought a slow cooker as I don’t have an oven. I wish I had known about automatic turn off function.


May 3, 2018

Delicious – I used Pork & beef mince & doubled the sauce. Great to serve with salad & crusty bread.


April 21, 2018

Served in hotdog rolls with grated cheese Delicious and everyone loved it. Will cook it again!

Jodie Leemhuis

November 2, 2017

Absolutely amazing meal right here, no more Subway for us 🙂 We used 2 jars of Leggo’s chunky tomato,garlic and herbs bolognese instead of tinned tomatoes because I didn’t have them in the pantry and 2 big Tbs of tomato paste and 1kg of pork/veal mince which made 38 meatballs. Cooked on high for 2.5 hours and served on super subs for the adults and vietnamese rolls for the kids… Perfect 10 out of 10 from everyone here! Thanks for another great recipe Paulene 🙂


June 12, 2017

This is delish! My four kids and hubby wolfed it down and asked for more. Perfect for when friends come over or for the kids before busy, after school activities.

Karen Versace

June 11, 2017

Very quick and easy meal. I used 500g pork mince and 500g veal mince plus 2 cans ardmona tomatoes with mixed herbs. I served on soft long rolls with grated cheese, cucumber, red onion and baby spinach.

mary kerr

May 19, 2017

Easy and not too many ingredients to make this dish. The pork and veal mince comes like that in a tray. I had everything I needed in my pantry. I added extra tomato paste , half a finely chopped onion and crumbled a half chicken stock cube to enhance the tomato sauce flavour. You can use this to add to pasta, make meatball subs adding some grated cheese on top.


November 28, 2016

A nice easy Sunday night meal. Served mine on rolls with salad also I used lamb mince.

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