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.

    Fire-Roasted Tomato and Italian Sausage Grinders

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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