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Bored of Lunch’s Marinara Meatball Sub

Meatballs, cooked in a rich marinara sauce, are topped with melted cheese and piled into crusty rolls in this easy air fryer recipe from Bored of Lunch. As seen on ITV's This Morning.


My order at a certain high street sandwich shop is pretty much always a foot-long meatball marinara sub, so I had to have a go at making my own using the air fryer. The result is this – meatballs cooked in a beautifully rich marinara sauce piled into a toasted bread roll and topped with oozing cheese.

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For the meatballs:
300g lean beef mince
300g lean pork mince
80g dried breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper, to taste
For the marinara sauce:
400g good-quality passata
1 tbsp garlic purée
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp onion granules
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
To serve:
4 sub rolls or 2 baguettes, halved
1 red onion, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
8 thin cheese slices

Essential kit

You will need an air fryer.


787 calories per serving.

Preheat the air fryer to 200°C. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large mixing bowl, then form into about 12 meatballs using damp hands. Air-fry for 14–16 minutes.

While they are cooking, combine all the ingredients for the marinara sauce in a bowl. Add to the air fryer drawer for the final 4 minutes of the meatball cooking time.

If your air fryer has a second drawer, toast the bread rolls in it for 3 minutes. If you need to, you can just toast the breads under the grill.

Once everything is ready, fill each roll with the garnishes, meatballs and sauce topped with two slices of cheese.

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