Pizza-Stuffed Meatball Hoagies

We stuffed meatballs with chopped pepperoni, basil and mozzarella cheese balls and covered in marinara sauce for a pizza-inspired meatball hoagie.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 4


lb lean (at last 80%) ground beef
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
teaspoon dried basil leaves
teaspoon salt
teaspoon garlic powder
slices pepperoni, finely chopped
egg, slightly beaten
fresh mozzarella cheese balls (1 inch)
hoagie buns
cup marinara sauce, heated
Fresh basil leaves

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix beef, 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs, the dried basil, salt, garlic powder, pepperoni and egg just until blended. In small bowl, place remaining 1/4 cup bread crumbs.
  • 3 Shape about 2 tablespoons beef mixture around each cheese ball; roll in bread crumbs. Place in pan.
  • 4 Bake 20 minutes or until no longer pink and meat thermometer inserted in meatball (not in cheese) reads 160°F.
  • 5 With serrated knife, cut buns horizontally in half, cutting to but not completely through one long side. Spoon about 2 tablespoons warm marinara sauce into each bun; top each with 4 meatballs, remaining marinara sauce and the fresh basil.

Expert Tips

Instead of serving as a sandwich, serve meatballs over pasta or with toothpicks at a party.

Replace the beef with ground chicken, turkey or pork.