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Oven Roasted Meatball Sandwich

I’m not sure I can compete with Subway in terms of mass distribution or cost, but I can definitely compete with them on taste. I’ve had meatball sandwiches at various places, but nothing beats having one at home. Hot, toasted and gooey with cheese. Right out of the oven is the only way to go!

Oven Roasted Meatball Sub Sandwich:


1 1/2 pounds ground beef – $3.39
1 egg – $.33
1/2 cup crushed crackers (saltine or butter) – $.35
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce – pantry
1 Tbsp dried italian seasoning
2 tsps garlic powder – pantry
1/2 tsp salt – pantry
1 tsp pepper – pantry


1/2 a yellow onion, finely chopped – $.30
1 large can crushed or diced tomatoes – $1.19
1 small can tomato sauce – $.25
1 Tbsp Olive oil – pantry
1 1/2 Tbsp minced or crushed garlic – pantry
1/2 tsp salt – pantry
2 Tbsp Dried Italian herb mix (Oregano, Basil, Marjoram and Thyme) – pantry
1 Tbsp Dried Onion – pantry
1 tsp pepper – pantry
1 tsp red chile pepper (optional) – pantry

COST: $5.81

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. While oven is heating, prepare meatballs.

Mix ground beef with Worcestershire sauce, egg, crushed crackers, garlic powder, dried onion, italian herb mix, salt and pepper. Roll mixture into meatballs and place in baking dish greased with olive oil. Bake meatballs for 15 minutes.

While meatballs are baking, prepare sauce and salad.

Heat medium to large sauce pan over moderate heat. Add a little oil and chopped onion. Cook a few minutes. Just till onion is transparent. Add garlic and stir. Cook for just a minute or so. Add crushed or diced tomato and tomato sauce, herbs, salt, pepper, chili powder and parmesan cheese. Stir and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and add baked meatballs. Fold balls into sauce, carefully. Continue simmering for 15 mins.

Using a fresh baguette or french roll, slice in half, add 3-4 meatballs per section and top with mozzarella. Bake at 375 until cheese is melted and lightly brown. Watch carefully as not to burn. Serve with mixed greens salad and balsamic dressing.

COST for Baguette/French Bread: $1.19

COST for bowl of Mixed Greens: $1.00

COST for Mozzarella (8 oz): $1.75


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Delicious 4 Cheese Lasagna

Everyone has a recipe for lasagna, so I’m not gonna claim mine to be better or special. I’m just gonna give you my version and promise you that it’s easy and affordable, but most of all, delicious!

On this particular night, I had leftover provolone cheese from steak sandwiches, so instead of the usual 3 cheeses, this lasagna became 4. It’s not required to have provolone, but when you have something to use, use it! Extra cheese is NEVER a bad thing, right?!?

I just want you to know, the 3 main cheeses necessary are ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan. With those 3, you can’t go wrong!

Easy Four Cheese Lasagna:

1 lb. lasagna noodles, cooked al dente – $1.15 ($2.29 per pkg-use 1/2)
26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce (You can make your own with tomato sauce and herbs) – $1.29
1 12 oz can dice tomato with basil – $.65
1 cup ricotta cheese – $1.27
1 cup cup shredded mozzarella cheese – $2.09
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese – $.75
6 slices Provolone cheese (optional) – $.80
1 lb Ground Beef, Chicken or Turkey (I used Chicken. If was only $.99 a lb!) – $1.02
2 eggs – $.66
1 small onion, finely diced – $.15
1 Tbsp dried basil – pantry
1 tsp diced garlic – pantry
1 tsp dried oregano – pantry
1/2 tsp salt and pepper – pantry
1 Tbsp Olive Oil – pantry

COST: $9.83

Cook lasagna pasta as directed on package. Slightly al dente is best.

In large skillet, brown ground chicken (or beef). Make sure it’s crumbled well. Add oil, if necessary and when nearly cooked, add diced onion, dried basil, oregano and garlic. Cook for 2 mins and set seasoned meat aside.

In medium glass bowl, beat eggs. Add mozzarella, Parmesan and Ricotta. Stir and set aside. In another bowl, mix your spaghetti sauce and diced canned tomato. Now you’re ready to layer.  Don’t forget to preheat your oven to 350 before you start layering.

Using a 13 x 9 inch baking dish, drizzle olive oil on bottom and place one layer of lasagna noodles.  Next, add meat by sprinkling (approx 1/2 your meat mixture) over noodles.  On top of meat, add about 3 heaping tablespoons of your cheese mixture and spread over meat.

Split your tomato sauce into 1/3’s and spread the first 1/3 over the cheese layer.  Top with lasagna noodles and begin next layer.  Meat, cheese, sauce and end with lasagna noodle. Top with remaining sauce and provolone slices.

Cover and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. If you want a nice browned color, you can uncover for the last 15 mins of cooking time.

I had a ton of left over salad from our Steak Sandwich dinner the night before. You could serve this wonderful lasagna alone or with garlic bread.  It’s a very hearty meal, so you can count on dinner for 8, if you need to.  Otherwise, lunch leftovers will be abundant!


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