are the meatballs at subway beef

Our iconic beef and pork meatballs topped with melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese, covered in our signature marinara sauce.

When I was growing up, Subway was everywhere. In fact, at one point, it seemed like every business with a spare 30 feet of wall space and a refrigeration unit had a Subway in it. This meant that if I wandered into the right Michigan party store (i.e., a liquor store that also serves up smokes, soft drinks and every snack you can imagine), I could have left carrying a bottle of Glenlivet, a pack of Swisher Sweets, some fireworks and a footlong steak-and-cheese Subway sandwich. Now that’s what I call shopping for the essentials!

One Subway sandwich I’ve never tried to this day, however, is the Meatball Marinara, which, frankly, is a shame. Or is it? Before I spend the rest of the day languishing in regret — or running immediately to my nearest Subway, which like I said, is probably about 45 seconds away from my house — let’s first see exactly what that meatball sub is doing to my insides.

Beef: The word on the street is that Subway initially discontinued its regular roast beef because it was the most expensive protein on the menu. The guess here then is that whatever meat is ground up for inclusion in Subway’s meatballs, it’s of a lower grade than the higher-quality meat that was eliminated due to cost-cutting measures.

Water: Classic H20, the likes of which Kevin Costner would float a multimillion-dollar box-office bomb upon.

Enriched Wheat Flour: Subway comes right out and tells you what their wheat flour has been enriched with — niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin and folic acid. Translation: You’re receiving a respectable range of B vitamins.

Soybean Oil: Among the healthiest of the cooking oils, soybean oil has lots of vitamin K and has been linked to promoting bone fracture resistance.

Yeast: The stuff that eats sugar to make bread rise. It’s the same process that turns the juicy extract of grapes into wine, or turns wort into beer.

Textured Soy Protein Concentrate: This is a meat substitute designed to make the meatball look meatier and thicker than it otherwise would. We’ve also probably unearthed the cost-cutting measure that helped the meatballs stay on the Subway menu when the roast beef was given the axe.

Seasoning: This seasoning contains the two core components of just about every major seasoning: dehydrated onion and garlic. They contain many beneficial components, but a surprising number of people have a strong sensitivity to fructans and need to steer completely clear of them to avoid irritable bowel syndrome, and a host of other issues.

Soy Protein Concentrate: Apparently this is the untextured variety, which still thickens the meatballs, and also helps them to maintain their spherical shape.

Romano Cheese: An Italian cheese known for being hard and salty. Here’s another one to chalk up in the salt column.

Tomato Puree: This is made by adding water back into tomato paste, which consists of tomatoes that have already been cooked for several hours.

Tomatoes: We’ve got to work some real tomatoes into the sauce for the sake of appearances.

Salt: Sodium in the meatball, sodium in the sauce. Keep this in mind before you ask them to add extra table salt to your sub before they wrap it up.

Modified Corn Starch: In this case, the “modified” refers to corn starch that has been altered to make it more useful for cooking. Generally speaking, all of these modifications are intended to help improve the consistency of processed foods.

Dehydrated Onions: All of the onion in this thing is going to wreak havoc on your breath, so take a hint, and a breath mint.

Parsley: A fantastic source of vitamin K whenever it’s not being scraped to the side as a worthless food decoration.

Spices: Possibly a legally protected blend, but we’re going to go out on a limb and assume it’s some sort of Italian seasoning, the components of which are all reputed to have a host of health benefits.

Wheat Gluten: Added to low-protein wheat blends to improve the rise and elasticity of the bread.

Lettuce: Classic, crispy and watery, with a satisfying crunch, and no vitamin content to speak of.

Onions: Jumbo red onions, which an ogre and a donkey could use to make a layered analogy, or which could be used to halt the growth of cancer cells and lower your cholesterol level.

Tomatoes: Big fresh tomatoes, the likes of which Mario could rely upon to give Wart indigestion, but which should provide you with plenty of lycopene to help you ward off cellular damage.

Green Peppers: Hopefully the staff at Subway has cut these bell peppers with the same care demonstrated by chef Gordon Ramsay. However, even if they butcher those peppers beyond all recognition, they should still provide you with all of the vitamin C you’ll require to remain healthy.

Cucumbers: If you’re not going to use your cucumbers the way they were intended — to add flavor to your Hendrick’s gin or to make spicy dill pickles — I suppose there are worse places they could end up. Besides, they’ll help to freshen your breath after you’ve finished downing all of these Italian-inspired seasonings.

Man, this is a tough one. If you opt to split this sub into two six-inch pieces, you’ve got two reasonable meals on your hand that have provided you with some respectable quantities of many important micronutrients and macronutrients without going over the top.

However, if the entire footlong sub is intended to be one of three daily meals of similar size and potency, you’ll need to take precautionary steps on three different fronts, because a single footlong Meatball Marinara will provide you with 70 percent of your recommended dose of saturated fat, almost 80 percent of your recommended allocation of sodium, and for most people, a full half of your daily quota of calories.

Ian Douglass is a volunteer firefighter, lackadaisical Concept2 rower and SkiErger and is the worst masters swimming All-American in recorded history. He also helps professional wrestlers publish their autobiographies, assists businesspeople with the writing of coherent thoughts and has overhyped degrees from Michigan and Northwestern.

The combination of the tender meatballs, tangy marinara sauce, and gooey cheese creates a symphony of flavors that is truly irresistible. With each bite, you’ll experience a harmonious blend of textures and tastes that will leave you craving more.

The key to the incredible taste of Subway Meat Balls lies in the carefully selected ingredients that go into making them. Each meatball is crafted with a perfect blend of flavors to ensure a delightful dining experience. The main ingredients of Subway Meat Balls include:

Today we will explore the tantalizing world of Subway Meat Balls, including their ingredients, the classic Subway Meatball Sub, the nutritional aspects, and the mouthwatering Subway Meatball Marinara sauce. So, let’s dive right in and discover the secrets behind these delectable meatballs!

Subway Meat Balls offer a delectable and satisfying option for meat lovers. Crafted with a perfect blend of ingredients, these meatballs are the star of the iconic Subway Meatball Sub. Whether you enjoy it with a generous helping of Subway Meatball Marinara sauce or customize it to your liking, this sandwich is sure to tantalize your taste buds with its mouthwatering flavors.

By combining these ingredients in perfect proportions, Subway Meat Balls achieve a balance of flavors that keeps customers coming back for more.

Tomatoes: Big fresh tomatoes, the likes of which Mario could rely upon to give Wart indigestion, but which should provide you with plenty of lycopene to help you ward off cellular damage.

Dehydrated Onions: All of the onion in this thing is going to wreak havoc on your breath, so take a hint, and a breath mint.

Modified Corn Starch: In this case, the “modified” refers to corn starch that has been altered to make it more useful for cooking. Generally speaking, all of these modifications are intended to help improve the consistency of processed foods.

When I was growing up, Subway was everywhere. In fact, at one point, it seemed like every business with a spare 30 feet of wall space and a refrigeration unit had a Subway in it. This meant that if I wandered into the right Michigan party store (i.e., a liquor store that also serves up smokes, soft drinks and every snack you can imagine), I could have left carrying a bottle of Glenlivet, a pack of Swisher Sweets, some fireworks and a footlong steak-and-cheese Subway sandwich. Now that’s what I call shopping for the essentials!

Green Peppers: Hopefully the staff at Subway has cut these bell peppers with the same care demonstrated by chef Gordon Ramsay. However, even if they butcher those peppers beyond all recognition, they should still provide you with all of the vitamin C you’ll require to remain healthy.

Our iconic beef and pork meatballs topped with melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese, covered in our signature marinara sauce.

FAQ

Is meatball Subway beef?

Our meatballs contain beef. No pork.

What are the ingredients in Subway meatballs?

MEATBALLS Beef, water, seasoning (soy protein concentrate, breadcrumbs [bleached wheat flour, sugar, salt, soybean oil, dried yeast], dehydrated onion and garlic, salt, spice, dehydrated parsley, caramel color), Romano cheese (made from pasteurized cow’s milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), caramel color.

What’s on a meatball sub at Subway?

A classic meatball Marinara Subway sandwich typically includes meatballs, marinara sauce, and your choice of cheese and toppings. Common toppings include lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and peppers. You can also add your favorite condiments and seasonings to customize the flavor to your liking.

Are Subway meatballs healthy?

And if that wasn’t enough, the meatballs provide 20 grams of protein. So, while this is not the healthiest option on the list, it still ranks among Subway’s more nutritious menu items, so grab some napkins and enjoy this mighty messy meatball sandwich.

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