Italian Sausage Grinders

Think of these delightfully drippy sandwiches like Sloppy Joes with an Italian twist!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Broil Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
57 mins


  • 1 pound bulk hot or sweet Italian sausage

  • 1 14.5 ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • 1 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced

  • 1 small green sweet pepper, seeded and cut into strips

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 French-style rolls or hoagie buns, split

  • 4 slices provolone cheese


  1. In a large saucepan cook the sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain off fat. Stir in undrained diced tomatoes, undrained crushed tomatoes, the garlic, vinegar, basil, oregano, salt, and crushed red pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until thickened.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook onion and sweet pepper in the hot oil over medium heat until tender. Set aside and keep warm.

  3. Preheat broiler. Place split rolls on a baking sheet. If desired, toast rolls. Spoon the meat mixture evenly on the bottom halves of rolls. Top with onion mixture. Top with cheese slices. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese melts and bubbles. Add tops of rolls.

    Sausage Grinder
    Hannah Bigot

Baking Directions:

Prepare as directed, but do not broil. Preheat oven to 325°F. Wrap sandwiches with foil. Bake about 15 minutes or until heated through.

Pickled Pepper Sausage Grinders:

Prepare as directed, except omit onion, sweet pepper, and olive oil. Top meat mixture evenly with 1/2 cup bottled roasted red sweet peppers, drained, and 1/2 cup bottled sliced banana or pepperoncini peppers, drained.Per sandwich: 672 cal., 41 g total fat (21 g sat. fat), 96 mg chol., 2,339 mg sodium, 37 g carbo., 3 g fiber, 37 g pro.Exchanges: 1 1/2 Vegetable, 2 Starch, 4 High-Fat Meat, 1 1/2 Fat

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

735 Calories
48g Fat
38g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 735
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g 62%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 2121mg 92%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 47.2mg 236%
Calcium 323.1mg 25%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Potassium 161mg 3%
Folate, total 52.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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