Crockpot Meatball Subs
Today’s recipe for Mouthwatering Monday is one of my favorite comfort foods Meatball Subs. It is one of those foods that I do not have often but when I crave one I must have it. The great thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make. Since it is a crock pot meal it is even an easy and fast pot luck option for those days when you just do not have time to put a big recipe together.
1 package Frozen Meatballs (28 meatballs) Depending on the size of the gathering you can pair the recipe up or down.
1 jar tomato sauce – Use your favorite sauce the meatballs will absorb some of the sauce as they cook.
1 tbsp Basil fresh or dried – substitute a few spoons of pesto for added depth of flavor
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup onion – more or less to taste
2 cloves garlic – more or less to taste
Shredded Italian cheese – I like the mix of Italian cheeses, but you can use your favorite
Dice the onion. You can use any flavor onion you like best but yellow onions caramelize and sauté well. Mince or grate the garlic. if you like the garlic flavor but not biting into the cloves of garlic I recommend grating the garlic or using a tablespoon of garlic powder (not garlic salt).
Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil. If using garlic powder, add it directly to the Crockpot do not sauté with the onions. It will burn.
Add the frozen meatballs, tomato sauce, basil, and the sautéed onions and garlic to the Crockpot. Set the CrockPot Temperature to High and the time to 4 hours.
Stir occasionally to make sure all meatballs are covered in the sauce.
The meatballs may double in size (depending on the brand) as they defrost, cook, and absorb the tomato sauce.
If you make your own meatballs:
Brown the meatballs on all sides in a skillet or in the oven before adding them to the Crockpot. Browning them helps to keep them from falling apart in the Crockpot. The cook time is 1 hour on high (check a meatball to make sure it is cooked through befor serving) and then on warm for serving.
Serve 4 meatballs (depending on the size of the meatballs and roll) on a hoagie roll sprinkled with the Italian cheese. add salt and pepper to taste and your favorite side. My family loves Tater Tots so when we want a comfort food dinner it is accompanied by either mac’n’cheese or Tater Tots.
Does your family have a favorite comfort food if so what is it? What makes it a comfort food for you?
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