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Meatball Subs

Try this quick, weekday dinner.
 

Learning Benefits

There's no need to order takeout from the local deli. Your kids will love this dinner and you will, too — it's casual, fun fare. If you like, make the meatballs ahead and freeze for up to three months. Serves 4.

 

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

 

What you need:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 (26-ounce) jar pasta sauce
  • 4 oblong French bread rolls, sliced most of the way through but still with the halves attached
  • 4 slices provolone cheese

What to do:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, egg, salt, pepper, dry bread crumbs, ketchup, and garlic powder. Mix well and form into 1-inch meatballs. 

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large heavy sauté pan. Cook the meatballs for 6 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until very well browned. Remove from the skillet.

  3. Add remaining oil to the skillet. Add chopped onion and cook 5 minutes, stirring. Add the sauce, and then the meatballs. Cover and cook 5 minutes, until the meatballs are done.

  4. Arrange the rolls on a baking tray. Spoon some meatballs and sauce on each. Top with cheese. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, until the cheese is melted.  Serve hot.

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