Epic Vegan Meatball Subs: The Good Minus The Bad & The Ugly

Epic Vegan Meatball Subs: The Good Minus The Bad & The Ugly

I recently fell into the world of veganism. Though I was loving many new plant-based dishes and creations, I found myself wondering when my desires for some old meat-lover favorites would surface and pull me back.

While shopping at Sprouts one day, I came across Gardein’s meatless meatballs and had an ah-ha moment: What if I could re-create one of my all-time favorites but plant-based? That’s how these awesome vegan meatball subs came to be. 

These fabulous vegan meatball subs fast filled a void I assumed I’d live with when I went plant-based. Excited by how delicious these were, I’ve shared them with many friends and family and everyone has loved them. Give them a try, you’ll love ’em too!

Vegan Meatball Sub
These vegan meatball subs are easy to make and will satisfy any meat-lover's cravings for a hearty, savory meal. If you like leftovers or are cooking for more than two, double the recipe!
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  1. 1/2 jar (12 oz) of organic vegan pasta sauce
  2. 1/8 teaspoon of dried oregano
  3. 1/8 teaspoon of dried basil
  4. 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
  5. 1/8 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  6. 1 package of frozen vegan meatballs (I've used Gardein and Beyond Meat)
  7. 1/2 chopped bell pepper (or 1 cup frozen bell peppers)
  8. 1/4 cup chopped onion
  9. 1/4 diced jalapeño (optional for additional spice)
  10. Hoagie rolls (deli fresh—I've also used whole grain)
  11. Vegan mozzarella cheese (I've used grated Miyoko's mozz and Field Roast Chao slices)
  1. In a large saucepan add marinara sauce and spices and mix thoroughly.
  2. Then add frozen meatballs, cover over medium heat, and allow to come to a boil (about 15 minutes). Reduce heat to medium-low, add bell peppers, onions, and optional jalapeño and allow to simmer, covered, for 30 minutes (or until meatballs are hot all the way through), stirring occasionally.
  3. To prepare rolls, slice open and use your fingers to compress the inner roll. Add cheese inside the roll and heat in microwave for 10-15 seconds per roll to soften and melt.
  4. Fill each roll with piping hot meatballs and sauce. (If desired, add extra cheese on top and broil briefly to melt.)
  1. If you're cooking for more than two or love leftovers, double the recipe! The leftover meatballs and sauce make a great addition to a pasta marinara for dinner the following night.
  2. You can find vegan hoagie rolls at many mainstream grocery stores in their fresh-baked section—but it will take some label reading! I've found them at both Safeway and Ralph's.
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Take it to a party!

These vegan meatball subs make for a great dish to take to parties. For a recent football get together, I took a crock pot of my marinara meatballs and some slider rolls and they were a huge hit. 

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Hungry for more plant-based inspiration from Greg? Follow him on Instagram at @EmpowerVegans. Vegan meatball subs photos by Michelle Cehn for World of Vegan. 

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