Meatball Sandwich w/ Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, and Fresh Basil

Recipe by Chef Spencer Ivankoe

For the Meatballs


1 lb ground beef

1 lb ground pork

6 garlic cloves (minced)

1/2 white onion (minced)

2 eggs

4 tbsp water

1 cup breadcrumbs

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp black pepper

1 cup chopped basil

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

parchment paper

large baking tray

non stick cooking spray


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Place all ingredients into mixing bowl and use your hands to incorporate them

Form 2” meatballs

Put meatballs on a plate, and place in freezer for 10 minutes

Line a baking tray with parchment paper

Spray parchment paper lined baking tray with non stick cooking spray

Line meatballs on to baking tray

Put into oven, and bake for 25-27 minutes


For the Tomato Sauce


1 large can of chopped tomatoes

4 garlic cloves (minced)

1/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1/8 cup parmesan cheese

1 handful chopped basil

1 tbsp olive oil


Heat up a sauté pan on medium to high heat

Add 1 tbsp olive oil, and add the minced garlic

Cook for 2-3 minutes

Add the can of crushed tomatoes

Cook for 20 minutes on low heat

Add the parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, and chopped basil

Whisk and cook for another 10 minutes on low heat



4 kaiser rolls or héro rolls

12 cooked meatballs

1 pot of tomato sauce

8-10 fresh basil leaves

8 slices of mozzarella cheese


In a pot, heat up the tomato sauce

Add the cooked meatballs to the tomato sauce

Make sure its very hot

Slice your roll in half

Place 3 meatballs onto the bottom of the roll

Add a nice spoonful of tomato sauce on top of meatballs

Add 2 slices of cheese on top of meatballs

Place onto a baking sheet

Use the broil setting on the oven to melt the cheese well

Add some fresh basil and place the top bun on top

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