Hands-on Time
29 Mins
Total Time
29 Mins
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 2

Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl; mix gently. Working with damp hands, gently shape beef mixture into 16 meatballs. Arrange meatballs in a single layer on a heavy-duty baking sheet coated with cooking spray, leaving 6 inches of open space on one end. Place bell pepper halves, skin sides up, on open space on pan. Broil 6 inches from heat for 7 minutes, turning meatballs once. Remove pan from oven. Place peppers in a small paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand for 10 minutes. Remove peppers from bag. Peel and slice into 1/4-inch-thick strips.

Step 3

Bring marinara sauce to a simmer in a large skillet over medium-low heat; add meatballs, tossing to coat. Keep warm.

Step 4

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion slices; cook 4 minutes on each side or until charred. Remove onion from pan.

Step 5

Coat insides of buns with cooking spray, and broil 2 minutes or until toasted. Top each bun with 4 meatballs and 1/3 cup sauce. Divide peppers, onions, and cheese evenly among sandwiches; broil sandwiches 2 minutes or until bubbly and browned. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Chef's Notes

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