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 each: 513 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1099mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 33g 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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voodoowitch User ID: 635464 79329
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."

TINAT29 User ID: 6186208 25618
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

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

turtlewax User ID: 6186613 21629
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

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

tt2b123 User ID: 1638440 20935
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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