Italian Sausage and Pepper Hoagies

This is one of my very favorite sandwiches.  Delicious spicy sausage in a rich tomato sauce with lots of veggies

1 package (5) Johnsonville Italian Sausage (sweet, mild or hot- your choice)
1 each red, green and yellow pepper, sliced*
1 onion, sliced*
Tiny bit of cooking spray or oil, preferably extra virgin olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes -  I prefer sweet diced but any work
1 can tomato sauce  (We mostly use Hunt's tomato products here- easy to find and consistently good-  plus, they go on sale fairly frequently.)
Italian seasoning - we've got a great homemade version
5 sub or hoagie rolls, split
Shredded or sliced cheese of choice- we like provolone, mozzarella and/or Parmesan- to taste

Place sausage in pot, cover with water at least an inch or two higher
Bring to a boil then turn down and simmer for 20 minutes (this cooks the sausage through and removes a lot of the fat).

In the meantime, saute peppers and onions in spray or oil-  to save money and time, use a bag of frozen pepper and onion blend.  Sliced mushrooms make a wonderful addition, if desired, just add to the other veggies.

As soon as the veggies are tender, add the tomatoes and sauce* and sprinkle liberally with seasoning, bring to boiling then turn to low and let simmer.
*You can use your favorite homemade, canned or jar of meatless spaghetti / marinara sauce.

Using tongs so you don't pierce them, place sausages on broiler pan and broil on high until browned - 6 minutes per side in our oven (this dries them, removes even more grease and crisps them up).

Again using tongs, place sausage in sauce and simmer til sauce is rich and thick and all the flavors meld-  15-30 minutes is plenty.

Get the buns ready by placing on baking sheet (use parchment for easy clean up), top each with 1 sausage, veggies and as much sauce as you like- we like a lot so it is a fork and knife meal around here.

Top with cheese and broil on low until cheese is melted and bubbly-  4 minutes is perfect for us.

Make sure you have plenty of napkins and dig in.

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  1. I love a good Italian style hero. This is one of my favorites. Blessings, Catherine xo