• 1 lb Italian sausage (spicy or sweet, casings removed)
  • 1 (24 ounce) marinara sauce , fresh, purchased, divided
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese , freshly grated (about 1 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup Italian parsley , fresh, chopped, divided
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil , chopped, divided
  • 4 French baguettes , split horizontally (5- to 6-inch-long pieces)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese , packed coarselygrated whole-milk
  • 1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 2 Mix sausage meat,1/2 cup marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons parsley, and 2 tablespoons basil in large bowl.
  • 3 Using wet hands, shape mixture into 8 meatballs.
  • 4 Bring 2 tablespoons parsley, 2 tablespoons basil, remaining marinara, and meatballs to boil in large skillet.
  • 5 Cover; reduce heat; simmer until meatballs are cooked through, turning often, for about 20 minutes.
  • 6 Place baguette bottoms on a baking sheet; spread each with about 2 tablespoons sauce from the skillet.
  • 7 Cut meatballs in half in skillet; overlap 4 halves on each baguette bottom. Spoon remaining sauce over meatballs.
  • 8 Sprinkle mozzarella over top, dividing equally.
  • 9 Bake until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.
  • 10 Sprinkle with remaining parsley and basil.
  • 11 Cover with baguette tops.