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Easy Trader Joe's Recipe Meatball Marinara Sub3

Easy Trader Joe’s Recipe: Meatball & Marinara Sub Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian


If you love TJ’s dinner hacks, you’ll love this one! My homemade Trader Joe’s Italian Meatball Subs recipe is filling, easy, + delicious! Just 5 ingredients.


  • 1 lb. Trader Joe’s Italian meat balls
  • 8 slices Italian bread or sourdough 
  • 4 Tbsp. garlic butter
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat broiler to high heat.
  2. Cook meatballs according to package instructions and set aside. Slice meatballs once cool enough to touch. 
  3. Spread bread with garlic butter and broil for 2 minutes, until golden brown.
  4. Top garlic toast with a slather of marinara sauce, some of the sliced meatballs, and shredded cheese.
  5. Broil for another 1-2 minutes, until cheese has melted. Watch carefully so they don’t burn!


  • Topping amounts are up to you! Love sauce, add some extra. Prefer to serve the sauce on the side? Do it!
  • You can also make your own garlic butter. Stir together minced garlic (or garlic salt) with softened butter. 

Keywords: sandwich, meatballs, trader joes recipes