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May 1 2012

Recipe: Gluten-Free Meatball Sub With A Twist

I had some trouble with meal planning last week.  I am not sure what happened, but a couple of the meals I had on the plan were great ideas, but I ended up not having the ingredients to make them.  I should not menu plan when I am tired or drinking wine.  One meal I even got so far as browning the ground turkey for our Mexican pizzas only to realize that I had no taco seasoning.  Yes, I know that I could have made my own, but Jon doesn’t accept change well and I knew he would most likely not eat the meal if I changed the seasoning up.  I opted for plan B – add marinara sauce and have an Italian meal. 


I had some Schar par-baked sub rolls in my pantry, so I figured that would be a hit with Jon.  Normally one would put meatballs on a sub roll, but I had already browned the ground turkey, so I improvised.  The meat sauce was very thick, so it made the perfect filling, almost like a Sloppy Joe filling, for the roll. 


Looking back, I am not sure why I haven’t done this in the past.  The meal was fast to make, tasted good and was a hit with the kids.  It was definitely a win all the way around!  The best thing about using ground meat in place of meatballs is that it allows the sandwich to keep its shape without splitting open!  You still get all of the flavor of the meatball sub without the broken roll and upset child (or adult like me). 

Gluten-Free Meatball Sub with a Twist

  • 1 lb ground turkey, bison or beef, browned
  • 1 jar Prego three cheese marinara
  • Schar par-baked sub rolls  (they come 2 to a package, but are individually wrapped)
  • Mozzarella cheese

1.  Bake par-baked roll according to package directions. 

2.  Fill with meat sauce and tope with mozzarella.

3.  Broil until cheese is melted – not too long!

4.  Enjoy.

I love keeping leftover meat sauce in the refrigerator to make more sandwiches, pasta, etc.  It will keep for a few days, so no worries if you don’t go through it all the first night.  It will even freeze well, so consider making single-serve portions if you live alone. 

Schar products can be found in grocery stores across the US, internationally or online


Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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