• 250g minced beef
  • 250g minced pork
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • grated to make 2 tbsp parmesan
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • chopped to make 2 tbsp basil, plus leaves to serve
  • 2 handfuls rocket
  • 4 sub rolls, halved and toasted
  • a large handful grated mozzarella


  • ½ a clove garlic, sliced
  • olive oil
  • 227g tin chopped tomatoes
  • a pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • STEP 1

    Put the first five ingredients in a bowl. Season well and mix together with your hands. Form into 16 meatballs.

  • STEP 2

    Fry in a large frying pan with the olive oil until browned all over, then scoop out onto a plate.

  • STEP 3

    For the sauce, sizzle the sliced garlic in a little olive oil, in the same pan you fried the meatballs, then tip in the tomatoes, chilli flakes and sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened.

  • STEP 4

    Stir the meatballs into the sauce with the chopped basil and simmer for 10 minutes, turning them halfway.

  • STEP 5

    To serve, pile rocket and meatballs onto the sub roll bases with some sauce and top with a layer of grated mozzarella. Put under a hot grill to melt the cheese then add a few more basil leaves, put the sub tops on and serve.


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