Meatball Sandwich

Italian Entrée
35 min.
4 Servings
Print this page


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 pkg. Nature’s Basket basil
  • 1 Giant Eagle large egg
  • 3 pieces Giant Eagle string cheese
  • 1 Market District artisan baguette
  • 1 lb. ground beef, 80% lean
  • ½ cup Market District seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ tsp. Giant Eagle crushed red pepper
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Market District extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 jar Giant Eagle tomato basil sauce
  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • ½ cup Frigo shaved Parmesan


  Prep Time: 10 min. • Cook Time: 25 min.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Peel and finely chop garlic. Pick basil leaves and julienne. Crack egg and whisk. Cut string cheese into ½-inch pieces. Cut baguette in half lengthwise and then cut each half into 4 even pieces.

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, chili flakes, whisked egg, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, gently mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Divide meat mixture into ping-pong size portions. Flatten meat and place a cube of cheese in the center. Form meat around the cheese into a ball so that meat is totally covering the cheese.

In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil on high for one minute. Place the meatballs in the pan and sear on all sides, rotating every minute or so. Pour in the jar of tomato sauce and ½ cup of water. Lower heat to medium and simmer meatballs for 15 minutes, until the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 160°F.

While the meatballs are cooking, melt butter in a small pan. Turn the heat off and stir in the chopped garlic. Spoon the garlic butter mixture onto the insides of the cut baguette and sprinkle with half of the Parmesan. Place in the oven for 10 minutes.

Place 2 baguette pieces on each plate and spoon meatballs and sauce over the bread. Garnish with remaining Parmesan and basil.

Approximate Nutritional Information (Per serving): Calories 880, Fat 48g, Sat. Fat 21g, Trans Fat 1.5g, Cholesterol 215mg, Sodium 1970mg, Total Carbohydrate 58g, Fiber 2g, Sugars 12g, Protein 56g
ALLERGEN INFORMATION: Tree Nut-Free, Peanut-Free

Nutritional values are based on data from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.

Recipe categorization, including tags that indicate that a recipe is free of an allergen, are based on the product(s) indicated in the recipe’s ingredient listing. If other ingredient(s) are used, Giant Eagle cannot guarantee that the recipe categorization indicated is applicable. Actual product packaging and materials may contain additional and/or different ingredient, allergen, nutritional or proper usage information than the information displayed on our website. Always read labels, warnings and directions prior to using or consuming a product. If you have questions or require more information about an ingredient, contact the manufacturer directly. Content on this website is for general reference purposes only and is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist or other licensed health care professional. The information presented on this website should not be used for self-diagnosis or for treating a health problem.