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Best Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Need a different type of sandwich? This rich tomato sauce simmers all afternoon in the slow cooker, getting ready to top freshly grilled Italian sausages. It's an amazing combination with lots of crowd appeal! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2 jars (24 ounces each) pasta sauce
  • 2 medium green peppers, cut into strips
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 2 packages (20 ounces each) Italian turkey sausage links
  • 10 hoagie buns, split


  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 5 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low until vegetables are tender, about 4 hours.
  • Grill sausages according to package directions. Serve on buns with sauce.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled sauce in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 454 calories, 15g fat (3g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 1716mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 4g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • Cruella747
    May 31, 2017

    We prefer our sausage tender, so I browned them, then simmered them in the sauce all afternoon. VERY GOOD!

  • thewyatts4
    Jan 28, 2017

    Amazing!!! I substituted the turkey sausage for pork Italian sausage and the family was very happy.

  • Joscy
    Sep 6, 2014

    Although these look delish in photo,total carbs seem too much. Sodium count waayyy too high.

  • Butcher2boy
    Jul 29, 2013

    Neither my husband and I cared for the turkey sausage links; they just didn't have the right texture or flavor as pork sausage, so made again with sausage we liked. Was a great dish to come home to.

  • JessT2003
    Mar 16, 2011

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