1 lb. ground beef chuck (Aprrox. $2.29/lb)
1 handful Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 26 oz. can store-brand tomato sauce (Approx. 99 cents)
1 tsp. olive oil
1 four-pack bakery sub rolls (approx. $2.39)
Shredded Mozzarella or grated Parmesan cheese
An American classic. Tomato sauce counts as a vegetable, right?
Make the Meatballs:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, the bread crumbs, the egg and the chopped onion. If the mixture is too gloppy to form into nice meatballs, add a little more breadcrumbs. If it's too dry, add a little water. Mix well. Roll the meat into balls about the size of a jumbo egg. Bake in the oven for 20-23 minutes.
Make the sauce:
While the meatballs are baking, open the can of sauce and pour it into a medium saucepan. Add the oil, and season with Italian seasonings to taste while heating over medium heat. Simmer while the meatballs are cooking. When the meatballs are done, remove from the oven, cut each meatball in half and place them in the saucepan one by one. Simmer together for a few minutes while you are prepping the sub rolls.
Prep the rolls:
Cut a triangular wedge lengthwise across the top of each sub roll. Skip this step if you ended up with pre-sliced rolls.
Assemble the subs:
Ladle the meatballs/sauce into each sub. Add cheese for topping, then place the long triangular wedge of bread back on top. Serves 4 at approx. $1.50 per serving. Such a deal! Enjoy! -Diana
Submitted by Diana Bogue Contributed on: and modified on Monday March 15th, 2010