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Hearty Italian Sandwiches

 Hearty Italian Sandwiches
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
8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1-1/2 pounds Johnsonville® Mild Ground 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 sandwich (calculated without Monterey Jack cheese) equals 513 calories,

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Hearty Italian Sandwiches (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 22 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 1,099 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 33 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.