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Italian Sausage Grinders

“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.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • Serve sausages on buns with sauce; sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 467 calories, 23g fat (7g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 1056mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.

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  • micheleclow
    Mar 15, 2012

    These were so, so yummy. I used hot italian sausages and took the 1st reviewer's advice and baked them for a few minutes with mozarella and parmesan on top. Unfortunately I didn't have the right buns, so I just toasted really good hot dog buns. This recipe will be used a lot. Thank you.

  • SHOK
    Dec 6, 2011

    Haven't tried this one, but we do a similar version and saute sweet peppers (any color) and onions in butter to top our meat with inside the buns. Delicious! Recipe came from an Italian street vendor at a town festival.

  • elvisfan73
    Oct 22, 2010

    used a package of 5 sausages and had enough sauce left over for spaghetti a few nights later. Substituted 3 t. Italian seasoning for the basil, oregano, and parsley. sauce was great!!

  • Seminoles
    Oct 10, 2010

    I halved the recipe since there were just two of us tonight. Taste great, easy, and we're already looking forward to the leftovers.

  • mrssarge
    Oct 5, 2010

    Loved this recipe. Tasted great! I stuck my sandwiches in the oven for about 10 minutes to melt the mozzarella cheese on top! Easy too! Saved the leftover sauce for my next batch of spaghetti.