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Italian Joes on Texas Toast

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

8 servings

This is toasty-good for a weeknight on the go. If you double the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, meat and wine, you'll have enough sauce to freeze. —Ashley Armstrong, Kingsland, Georgia
Italian Joes on Texas Toast Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (11-1/4 ounces) frozen garlic Texas toast
  • 8 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large skillet, cook beef with green pepper, onion and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; crumble beef; drain. Stir in wine and bring to a boil; cook until wine is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and pepper; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until mixture is thickened, 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, place Texas toast on a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. pan; bake until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes.
  3. Spoon beef mixture onto toast; top with cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, 3-4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

1 open-faced sandwich: 353 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 626mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.

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