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Subway Releases Famous Meatball Marinara Recipe To Try At Home

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Subway Releases Famous Meatball Marinara Recipe To Try At Home

Anyone else *really* missing Subway?!

Just last week, the high-street sandwich chain offered us the recipe for its tasty double chocolate chip cookies, to keep us ticking over during coronavirus lockdown.

But now they've gone one step better, providing the recipe to the oh-so-iconic Meatball Marinara, so we can enjoy it at home.

Slathered in fresh, juicy tomato sauce with an optional layer of melted cheese and salad of your choice, the iconic Subway offering has always been one of the branch's most popular orders.



All you need to make it at home is mince, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, tomato passata, sugar, and few herbs and spices. Oh, and a footlong sub, of course.

(And pssst: If you're vegetarian, and you want to try and recreate the new and super cult Meatless Marinara, then simply replace the meat with Quorn mince and follow the same guide.)

The recipe makes enough for two footlong subs, so you can give one to whoever you live with, too.... or just save it for yourself!


The cooking prep time is only 20 minutes, while the whole recipe will take 45 minutes in total.

To learn how to make the dish yourself, you can use Subway's how-to video above, or you can read the recipe below:

The oozy meatball sub is a cult favourite (Credit: Subway/ Tastemade)
The oozy meatball sub is a cult favourite (Credit: Subway/ Tastemade)



1 Footlong Italian Herb and Cheese Sub

8 Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

3 Cheddar Cheese Slices, cut on the diagonal into triangles


20 grams Mature Mozzarella Cheese, grated

For the Meatballs - makes enough for 2 footlong subs

250 grams Lean Beef Mince

250 grams Pork Mince (ideally 20% fat)


40 grams fresh bread crumbs

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

1 tablespoons Flat leaf Parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs

1 medium egg, beaten

1 teaspoon salt

For the Marinara Sauce

500 ml tomato passata

1 small onion, grated

2 teaspoon garlic, minced

2 teaspoons dried mixed Italian herbs

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon caster sugar

¼ teaspoon red chilli flakes (optional)

Cook the meatballs in your garlicky tomato sauce (Credit: Subway/ Tastemade)
Cook the meatballs in your garlicky tomato sauce (Credit: Subway/ Tastemade)


For the Meatballs

In a large bowl, place the beef and pork mince, along with the parsley, onion and salt. Mix well, ensuring all the ingredients are well combined.

Line a large baking tray with parchment. Using damp hands, take a heaped tablespoon of the mince mixture, and roll into a ball. Place on the lined tray and repeat with remaining mixture.

Heat a little oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown the meatballs on all sides. Remove from the pan, and set aside while you make the sauce.

For the Marinara Sauce

Return the frying pan to the heat, and all a little more oil. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and continue to cook for a further minute. Add the passata, herbs, salt,sugar, and chilli if using, and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the sauce is reduced by ⅓ and thickened.

Once the sauce is thickened, add the meatballs back into the pan, stirring to coat with the sauce. Cover with a tight fitting lid, and cook for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through.

To assemble the Sub

Preheat the oven to 200c

Cut the bread along the length of the sub, with the knife pointing downwards at a 45degree angle. This will keep the fillings in place.

Place 8 meatballs along the bottom half of the bread, spooning over a little extra marinara sauce.

Sprinkle some grated parmesan over the meatballs, followed by the mozzarella cheese. Finally, place 4 slices of cheese, overlapping, on top of the meatballs. Place the sub on a baking tray and place in the oven until warmed through, cheese is melted and bubbling, and the sandwich is slightly toasted. Remove the sub from the oven and serve immediately.

Subway is currently closed (Credit: PA)
Subway is currently closed (Credit: PA)

Subway closed some 2,300 stores on March 23rd when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown.

But they've been doing their best to make sure we're not going too long without a sub fix.

Aside from its Meatball Marinara, Subway has also released recipes for its Herbs and Cheese Bread, Cookies and the Chicken Teriyaki Sub (all of which you can find on its official Facebook).

Plus, they're still available on JustEat and UberEats. Aren't they just the best?!

Now brb, we've got some meatballs to throw together...

Featured Image Credit: Subway

Topics: Tasty Food, Recipes, Coronavirus, Tasty

Joanna Freedman
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