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Tomato Sauce and Meatball Subs Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 4 sub rolls
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Special equipment needed:
- Large mixing bowl
- Baking sheet
- Large skillet
- Wooden spoon
- Oven

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, milk, parsley, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix well.

3. Shape the mixture into 12 meatballs and place them on a baking sheet.

4. Bake the meatballs in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

5. While the meatballs are baking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

6. Add chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

7. Add crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, dried basil, and red pepper flakes to the skillet. Stir to combine.

8. Reduce heat to low and let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes.

9. Once the meatballs are done, add them to the skillet with the tomato sauce. Stir to coat the meatballs with the sauce.

10. Cut the sub rolls in half and place them on a baking sheet.

11. Spoon the meatball and tomato sauce mixture onto the sub rolls.

12. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the meatball mixture.

13. Bake the subs in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

- Time:
Preparation time: 20 minutes
- Cooking time: 35 minutes
- Oven temperature: 375°F
Serving size:
- 4 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 650
- Fat: 28g
- Carbohydrates: 57g
- Protein: 42g
- Sodium: 1600mg

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Ground beef can be substituted with ground turkey or ground pork.
- Breadcrumbs can be substituted with panko breadcrumbs or crushed crackers.
- Parmesan cheese can be substituted with Romano cheese.
- Milk can be substituted with almond milk or soy milk.
- Mozzarella cheese can be substituted with provolone cheese or cheddar cheese.

- Add sliced bell peppers and mushrooms to the tomato sauce for extra flavor and nutrition.
- Use Italian sausage instead of ground beef for a spicier meatball.
- Use a different type of bread for the sub, such as ciabatta or hoagie rolls.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to mix the meatball mixture well to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Use a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to make uniform-sized meatballs.
- Let the meatballs cool for a few minutes before adding them to the tomato sauce to prevent them from falling apart.
- Toast the sub rolls before adding the meatball mixture for extra crunch.

Storage instructions:
- Leftover meatball mixture and tomato sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- To reheat the meatball mixture and tomato sauce, place them in a skillet over medium heat until heated through.
- To reheat the subs, place them in the oven at 375°F for 5-7 minutes, or until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the subs on a platter with a side of potato chips or a salad.
- Cut the subs into smaller pieces for a party appetizer.

- Sprinkle chopped parsley or basil on top of the subs for extra color and flavor.

- Serve the subs with a side of garlic bread or a Caesar salad.

Suggested side dishes:
- Potato chips
- Caesar salad
- Roasted vegetables

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the meatballs are falling apart, add more breadcrumbs to the mixture to help bind them together.
- If the tomato sauce is too thick, add a splash of water or chicken broth to thin it out.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to cook the meatballs to an internal temperature of 160°F to ensure that they are fully cooked.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking.

Food history:
- Meatball subs originated in the United States in the early 20th century and became popular in Italian-American communities.

Flavor profiles:
- Savory, tangy, and cheesy.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve the subs hot and fresh out of the oven for the best flavor and texture.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Savory, Tangy, Meaty, Spicy, Herbaceous