Meatball Sub Cups Recipe

Long live my obsession with cooking things in muffin tins… and just when you thought it was only a phase! This time I decided to do something a little more savory than all the sweet and breakfast ideas that I’ve had. Totally inspired by a recent meatball sub obsession that my hubby was having. This recipe idea is beyond simple and can be put together in so many ways! As I was deciding what to call these little yummy gems, it did bring up a question. What do most people call these types of sandwiches? We tend to call them grinders or subs here in Rhode Island. But, I honestly think I started recognizing the word “sub” when the Subway Restaurant chain made it’s way here.  But I know in other parts of the country they are called so many other things like heroes, hoagies and who knows what else.  So, out of pure curiosity, you have to share what you call them and also where you live in the comments 😉 Yes, I actually read up on sandwiches on Wikipedia, pretty interesting stuff ya know!
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Meatball Sub Cups Recipe


  • Frozen Garlic Bread (I used New York brand Texas Toast Garlic 11.25 oz size)
  • Prepared Meatballs (I used Cooked Perfect brand Italian Style Meatballs 14 ct.)
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Non-stick spray


  1. Preheat your oven to 375. Defrost/warm desired amount of frozen french toast in a microwave. Be sure not toast or they will not be pliable. Spray your muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Press each piece of garlic bread delicately and evenly into the center of your muffin tins. Press the sides back gently to form a cup. Cook for 14-16 minutes until crisped. Cool and remove. Meanwhile prepare your meatballs according to direction and mix with desired amount of tomato sauce. Serve meatballs in your garlic bread cups and top with shredded cheese. Easy peasy!

These are so easy to prepare, especially if you opt to buy the pre-made ingredients like I did. You could certainly make the components from scratch too, which gives it a lot of flexibility. Makes a great appetizer or lunch with a salad on the side. My hubby and son loved them lots, no complaints here!

What I love? It doesn’t have to be complicated to be YUMMY!

So, what do you call those big sandwiches? Subs, Grinders, Hoagies, Heroes or something else?

Oh and tell us where you live too! 😉


  1. These look delicious!

  2. these look really tasty they’d be gone in 1 bite

  3. Love these!!! They look so good and sound pretty easy! Must try!!!

  4. This is a fun recipe that is perfect for my toddler.

  5. We call them subs in our part of the country, the South. They look good! If you happen to move down my way, I will come over for dinner. 🙂

    • Good to know 😉 Ooh fun, we are planning to move to Florida, how far is that from where you live?

  6. Yum, Yum.. perfect for my boys, I know they would love it. They made something similar a while back “Spaghetti in a bread bowl” and they loved it. Will show this to the kids and have them cook it next week… Thanks for sharing

    • Ooh, now that some yummy, I’ll have to try that too! Hope you and your boys like this one 😉