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Italian Meatball Subs

Prep: 40 minutes • Bake: 25 minutes • Serves: 8

Schnucks nonstick cooking spray
2-1/2 medium yellow onions, divided
2 pounds lean ground beef
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 Schnucks large eggs
1 cup Schnucks finely shredded Italian cheese blend, divided
1 cup Schnucks old-fashioned or quick oats
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil and/or Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 teaspoons crushed oregano
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 green, red and/or yellow bell peppers, sliced
2 cans (15 ounces each) Schnucks pizza sauce
8 Schnucks Select deli buns
1 cup Schnucks finely shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray large rimmed baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Finely chop half an onion; slice remaining 2 onions. In large bowl, gently mix chopped onion with ground beef, garlic, eggs, 2/3 cup Italian cheese blend, oats, basil, oregano, salt and black pepper. Form meat mixture into about thirty-two 1-1/2-inch meatballs. Arrange meatballs, without touching each other, on prepared pan. Bake meatballs 25 minutes or until browned and internal temperature reaches 155°F.

2. Meanwhile, spray nonstick 12-inch skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add bell peppers and sliced onions and cook, covered, over medium-high heat 7 to 10 minutes or until peppers are tender and lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

3. In wide-bottomed 4- to 5-quart saucepan, heat pizza sauce over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes or until heated through. Add cooked meatballs and gently stir to coat with sauce.

4. Spoon 4 meatballs with some sauce into each bun. Sprinkle each sandwich with about 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese and scant tablespoon remaining Italian cheese blend; top with pepper-onion mixture.

Each serving: about 728 calories, 38 g total fat (15 g saturated), 198 mg cholesterol, 1772 mg sodium, 62 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 35 g protein

Cook’s Wisdom

If desired, toast buns: Preheat broiler with oven rack about 6 inches from source of heat. Open buns and place, cut sides up, on cookie sheet. Broil 1 to 2 minutes, watching carefully, or until lightly toasted.