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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 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 User ID: 6777152 114996
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5616182 175099
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1272261 179473
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1412865 141876
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2654969 107404
Reviewed 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."

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