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Italian Sausage Grinders Recipe

Italian Sausage Grinders Recipe

“This recipe has been in our family for more years than I would like to admit! It's quick and easy any time of the year. Anise seeds also make a great optional addition.” —Sally Yeagle, Burlington, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 12 Italian sausage links (4 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and parsley flakes
  • 12 brat buns, split and toasted
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a large skillet, brown sausages in oil; drain. Stir in the water, tomato paste, tomato sauce, garlic, sugar and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
  • 2. Serve sausages on buns with sauce; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich with 1/4 cup sauce and 1 teaspoon cheese equals 467 calories, 23 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 1,056 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 22 g protein.