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Hearty Italian Sandwiches Recipe
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Hearty Italian Sandwiches Recipe

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I've been making this sweet and spicy sandwich filling for 35 years. It smells as good as it tastes! It's a great reward for a hungry family after a day working or playing outdoors. —Elaine Krupsky, Las Vegas, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1-1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 large green peppers, sliced
  • 2 large sweet red peppers, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 sandwich rolls, split
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich (calculated without Monterey Jack cheese) equals 513 calories, 22 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 1099 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 33 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Place a third of the onions and peppers in a 5-qt. slow cooker; top with half of the meat mixture. Repeat layers; top with remaining vegetables. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and pepper flakes.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until vegetables are tender. With a slotted spoon, serve about 1 cup of meat and vegetables on each roll. Top with cheese if desired. Use pan juices for dipping if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Italian Sandwiches in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p45

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Reviewed Sep. 19, 2012

"With the great reviews I was expecting more. This was bland. Horribly bland. My husband smothered his in BBQ sauce. What a waste of expensive ingredients. I'll probably drain the liquid off, add spaghetti sauce and have it over pasta just so I don't have to throw it away."

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"made this recipe for a b-day party everyone loved it...."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"My whole family loves these sandwiches and it is a great recipe to double and then freeze to use later."

Reviewed May. 3, 2011

"My husband loved this! When we ran out of buns, we just put it over rice or pasta."

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