Slow Cooker Easy Meatball Subs for Busy Weeknights

It’s back to school time and that means weeknights get even busier. With schoolwork, sports games and activities, I am usually in a rush to get dinner on the table or my kids are eating at three different times. This is when my slow cooker comes in handy for these Slow Cooker Easy Meatball Subs

Slow Cooker Easy Meatball Subs

My kids love meatball subs. When you prepare them in the slow cooker, the meatballs and sauce just stay warm until dinner time, no matter if they all eat at once or at different times. However, not all meatball subs are made equal. It’s all about the sauce and the quality of meatball.

slow cooker Meatball subs

 

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slow cooker Meatball subs

Making homemade meatballs would be ideal, but let’s face it I don’t always have time for this.  Find a brand of meatball you like and use that.  We prefer Fresh, never frozen and the perfect size for meatball subs.

The sauce we are using to cook the meatballs and later serve in our subs requires no stovetop cooking. Well technically it cooks in the slow cooker. It could not be easier, we just whipped it up in a blender and dumped into our crockpot.

slow cooker Meatball subs

 

Start by pureeing the tomatoes and rest of the ingredients in a blender. Add the tomato puree to the crockpot and then add your fresh meatballs. Depending on how much time you have, either set them on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

The best part about this recipe is if it has a warming feature, you can keep that on after the allotted time.

 

slow cooker Meatball subs

WHAT IS MY Crock pot tomato SAUCE IS TOO RUNNY?

I did find the tomato sauce to be a bit runny, so I cooked the sauce -meatball combo for another 30 minutes with the lid slightly off so some of the moisture would evaporate

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HOW TO SERVE MEATBALL SUBS OUT OF THE SLOW COOKER

When it’s time for dinner, simply scoop 3 meatballs and tomato sauce onto a sub roll.

slow cooker Meatball subs

Add a slice of provolone or mozzarella cheese and place in an oven for 10 minutes at 350 or until the cheese is melted and the bread slightly toasted if desired.

slow cooker Meatball subs

Fresh Meatballs have robust flavors and my Italian family loved them and kept asking me if they were homemade and not what brand they were.

slow cooker Meatball subs

This meatball sub meal came together in minutes with the help of the pre-made meatballs.

 

  • Products are high quality and use classic Italian ingredients
  • Don’t waste your time looking in the freezer section for these meatballs. Carando is a fresh meatball, not frozen. The products can be found in the fresh meat cases.

slow cooker Meatball subs

What You Need for This Meatball Sub Recipe: 

  • 2 packs of Caranado Meatballs (16 Meatballs)
  • 28 oz can Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes (no sugar added)
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp of Sugar
  • 1 tsp salt (add more if necessary)
  • Mozzarella Cheese Slices
  • 6 Sub Rolls

slow cooker meatball subs

 

Easy Crockpot Meatball Subs

slow cooker Meatball subs

Slow Cooker Easy Meatball Subs

Yield: 6 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

an easy weeknight meal. Crock pot meatball subs with a keto friendly no cook sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 packs of Fresh or golf ball size Meatballs (16 Meatballs)
  • 28 oz can Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes (no sugar added)
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp of Sugar
  • 1 tsp salt (add more if necessary)
  • 6 Mozzarella Cheese Slices
  • 6 Sub Rolls

Instructions

    1. Puree the tomatoes, olive oil in a blender
      Stir in the remaining ingredients.
      Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Place in a Crockpot and add meatballs
    2. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. (Cooking Tip: For finally 30 minutes cook with lid slightly off for water to evaporate if too watery.)
    3. Place 2-3 meatballs and sauce onto a sub roll
    4. Place cheese slices on top
    5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread toasted.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 3
Amount Per Serving Calories 852Total Fat 46gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 29gCholesterol 152mgSodium 1738mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 4gSugar 10gProtein 48g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.

 

 

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