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Italian Sausage Hoagies Recipe

Italian Sausage Hoagies Recipe

In southeastern Wisconsin, our cuisine is influenced by both Germans and Italians who immigrated to this area. When preparing this recipe, we usually substitute German bratwurst for the Italian sausage, so we blend the two influences with delicious results. —Craig Wachs, Racine, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 10 Italian sausage links
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 loaves French bread (20 inches)


  • 1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage in oil; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the spaghetti sauce, peppers, water, cheese, oregano and basil. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until sausage is no longer pink.
  • 2. Slice each French bread lengthwise but not all of the way through; cut each loaf widthwise into five pieces. Fill each with sausage, peppers and sauce. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 509 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 1451mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 22g protein.

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Laurielovesben User ID: 6698432 72141
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"WOW! YUM! I add a little sugar and 1/4 c red wine. My favorite spaghetti sauce to use with this recipe is Muir Glen, found in the organic section. Since finding this recipe, I've made it many times and it turns out delicious!"

linsvin User ID: 1584655 59779
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"Would I make this again, absolutely! With the leftovers I served it over pasta. Key is a good Italian sausage."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 206446
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"I did not care for this very much. I think I prefer Italian sausage that are grillled instead."

DarlingStarling User ID: 2475759 59777
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"Highly recommend giving this a try. I used teaspoons instead of tablespoons for the spices and added a sliced onion. Outstanding sandwich!"

Classicrock User ID: 656532 112973
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"I like to substitute brats or hot dogs in this dish. Also, I use 2 tsps each of dried oregano and dried basil, NOT 2 Tbsp each. My finished dish is extremely flavorful - I would NOT want more than 2 tsps each of the dried herb amounts! -Lori in WI."

proediger1 User ID: 5412889 119034
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2009

"This is a great recipe. You can use the leftovers to make pasta with sausage and peppers. Just slice leftover sausage and serve over pasta with leftover sauce and peppers. Two meals for the work of one!"

linsvin User ID: 1584655 144217
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009 Edited Aug. 8, 2011

"Looking for something that will impress the men? This recipe is excellent for "ANY" game! I love the slow cook method, making it look like I fussed all day...HA HA!"

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