Fire-Roasted Tomato and Italian Sausage Grinders


Use canned fire-roasted tomatoes to rev up this classic Italian sausage sandwich recipe.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Bake Time:
25 mins
Broil Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 42 mins
10 sandwiches


  • 10 uncooked hot or sweet Italian sausage links (about 2 1/2 pounds total)

  • 2 14.5 ounce cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 10 French-style rolls or hoagie buns, split

  • 10 slices provolone cheese, halved

  • ¾ cup roasted red sweet peppers, drained and cut into thin strips


  1. Place sausage links in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. For sauce, stir in undrained diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, vinegar, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.

  3. To serve, preheat broiler. Place the sausage links on roll bottoms, reserving sauce in cooker. Place a half-slice of cheese on top of each sausage link and a half-slice of cheese on the cut side of each roll top. Place roll bottoms with sausage on a baking sheet. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

  4. To serve, add roasted peppers and roll tops. Serve reserved sauce in individual serving bowls for dipping.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

859 Calories
39g Fat
81g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 859
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 2305mg 100%
Total Carbohydrate 81g 29%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 0.7mg 4%
Calcium 414mg 32%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 771mg 16%
Folate, total 173.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*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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