In an Italian household, making homemade Meatball Boats is a rite of passage. I learned how to make my own from my mother-in-law. Because her recipe calls for a whole meat sauce, I make meatballs in my slow cooker when I’m in a hurry throughout the week. It’s not a quick supper, but it’s simple, with few ingredients, and the meatballs can feed a crowd if you make a lot of them, as I do.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ C breadcrumbs
  • ¼ C Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 C marinara sauce
  • 8 mini hoagie rolls
  • 12 slices asiago cheese

How To Make Meatball Boats:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prep baking pan with nonstick spray.
  • Add the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, parmesan, garlic, and parsley to a bowl.
  • Using your hands work the ingredients together.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • With the ice cream scoop start to form your meatballs.
  • Set aside.
  • Add the oil to the skillet heating it to medium.
  • Add one meatball at a time to the heated skillet.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes or until they are seared on all sides.
  • Place the meatballs on a parchment-covered baking pan into the oven.
  • Cook for 12 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and set to the side.
  • Cut an oval on the top of the roll leaving about an ½ inch on the ends and sides.
  • Scoop but do not cut through to the bottom half of the roll.
  • Use a knife to hollow out the top of the roll.
  • Place the roll on the baking pan.
  • Lay 1 slice of cheese in the hollowed-out area.
  • Return to the oven and cook for 8 minutes.
  • Add 2 tbsp. of marinara on top of the cheese.
  • Place 3 meatballs on top of the cheese.
  • Add more marinara on top of the meatballs.
  • Place grated parmesan cheese on top of the marinara.
  • Return to the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

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