Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches
When we have Italian Sausage, I usually serve it over pasta. Ragú recently asked me to give a twist on a traditional dish, so I decided to serve the Italian sausage and peppers on buns instead. And I wanted to use the slow cooker for the recipe too. I love my slow cooker!

The Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce made it a cinch to prep this meal. And it tasted fantastic!

I toasted the buns in the oven, then topped them with the Italian sausage and peppers in rich tomato sauce, covering it all with slices of provolone cheese.

The boys in my house especially loved this meal. The leftovers got finished off as a night time snack. Anyone else have teenage sons who eat two dinners?

Here’s what you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches:

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Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5-6 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low
Ready In: 5-8 hours

  • 2 lbs. sweet Italian sausage links
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 jar Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 8 hoagie rolls, toasted
  • 8 slices Provolone cheese
  1. In a skillet, brown the sausage on all sides.
  2. Place sausge, onion, peppers, Ragu and Italian seasoning in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-7 hours.
  4. Serve sausage and peppers on hoagie rolls, topped with cheese.

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Easy Pizza Rice Casserole – Take a Real Lunch

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sargento Foods, Inc. for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Getting tired of cold sandwiches and canned soup for lunch?  Sargento Cheese is encouraging us to take a real lunch.  Mid-day meals don't have to be hurried, grab-whatever-you-can-find affairs.  Slow down and plan a real lunch.

This Easy Pizza Rice Casserole uses a few quick ingredients.  If you have leftover rice, it's even quicker.  The Italian Sausage and zucchini make for a hearty lunch.  The dish gets topped with slices of Sargento provolone cheese.  Who can resist a cheese topped casserole?  

Pizza Rice Casserole can be made for lunch at home, but it also travels well if you're sharing at the office.  Or if you need to pack it up, use a soup thermos to keep it hot until lunch time.  Guaranteed to cause lunch-envy in everyone around you!

Pair this casserole with a green salad tossed with oil and vinegar dressing.  

I adapted this recipe from the More with Less Cookbook.  I used instant brown rice, to make things quicker.  Instant brown rice has all the nutrition of the long-cooking variety, but can be made in 5 or 10 minutes.  I also added chopped zucchini and swapped out the ground beef for more flavorful Italian sausage.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 cups instant brown rice

  • 1 3/4 cups water

  • 1 lb. ground Italian sausage

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 zucchini, chopped

  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce

  • 1/2 tsp oregano

  • 16 oz cottage cheese

  • 5 slices Sargento provolone cheese

  1. Cook brown rice in water according to package directions.

  2. Brown sausage, onion and garlic in skillet over medium heat until sausage is cooked fully.

  3. Add zucchini to the skillet 5 or 7 minutes before sausage is done.

  4. Drain meat and rinse with hot water to remove extra grease.

  5. Return meat to the skillet.

  6. Stir in tomato sauce and oregano.

  7. Stir cottage cheese into cooked rice.

  8. Pour rice into greased casserole dish.

  9. Top with meat mixture.

  10. Place Sargento cheese slices over top of meat.

  11. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until hot.

Sargento Natural Cheese comes in many varieties.  My cheese drawer almost always has several types.  We especially love the ultra-thin slices.

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What's your favorite kind of real lunch?

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Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes – 15 Minute Meal

Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes

 

I created this sandwich a few weeks ago on a night when I was in a hurry.  I’ve fallen into a bad habit of working in the afternoon.  That’s not the bad part.  The bad part comes in when I finally look up at the clock and realize it’s already 5:30 and I haven’t started dinner.

I forget which meal this Italian sausage was meant for, but it worked perfectly in these sloppy joes.  And the good thing is, you probably have all the other ingredients in your pantry.

They also can be made in about 15 minutes.  Perfect!

This Italian spin on the traditional sloppy joe tastes a lot like pizza.  Which meant that my family loved them.  So did I.  They reminded me a lot of the flavor of Pizza Potpie.

I don’t have an ingredient photo this time, because I was creating in a huge hurry.  But, like I said, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.  With the exception of the Italian sausage, they are all very common ingredients.   [Read more...]

Sweet Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce in the Slow Cooker

This hearty pasta sauce is full of flavor.  Slices of sweet Italian sausage links, combine with bell peppers, onions and garlic in thick tomato sauce.

I like for most slow cooker recipes to not need any kind of browning or cooking on the stove, but this one does require some pre-cooking.  Thankfully, it only takes a few minutes to get everything into the crockpot.  I made this on a Sunday morning before church.  The hands-on prep only took about 15 minutes.

You could also continue cooking it on the stove, but I like the convenience of the crockpot.  No need to stir or tend the pot and you can leave the house while it’s cooking.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more...]

Ingredient Spotlight: Hot Dogs & Sausage

We eat a fair amount of hot dogs, brats and smoked sausage during the summer.  They are so quick to throw on the grill and serve with watermelon, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes or some such.

I don’t have any recipes that involve hot dogs.  I do have some recipes for smoked sausage and Italian sausage:  [Read more...]

Turkey Legs, Italian Sausage and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

Have you ever made a recipe that just didn’t turn out?  I’ve done it a lot of times, but one I remember well.

Jim and I were recently married and I was just learning to cook.  We used to invite friends to come to dinner and I would make a new recipe.  Most of our other meals during the week consisted of ramen noodles or instant potatoes.  We were college students and had no money, so it was a splurge to buy ingredients for a nice meal once a week.

On this occasion, I made a dish that had chicken, Italian sausage, potatoes and tomatoes in it.  The recipe called to bake it in the oven for 1 hour.  Needless to say, that was not nearly a long enough cooking time for so much meat and raw potatoes.  When I served it, we cut into raw chicken.  Yuck!

Thankfully, the guests we had were also college students.  They were easily satisfied with a bowl of cereal until the dinner had more time to cook.

I never tried making that recipe again, but I remember that when it finally cooked it did taste good.  So when Frigidaire recently asked me to share a “do-over” recipe, I knew this would be the one.  Except this time I made it in the slow cooker to give it a good, long cook time.

Frigidaire has a new Gallery dishwasher that features an OrbitClean Wash Arm that gets the dishes clean the first time.  Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to have a do-over on a load of dishes.  Frigidaire invites you to visit Facebook.com/Frigidaire to share your own “do-over” moment.  It doesn’t have to be food related.  One lucky visitor is going to win the ultimate do-over!  And Frigidaire is also donating $1 to Save the Children for every do-over submitted.  So pop over and share your do-over moment.

Back to my do-over recipe.  Here’s what you’ll need to try the slow cooker version, which worked out much better than the oven method I used so many years ago.  [Read more...]

Italian Sausage Enchiladas – Don’t be afraid to substitute ingredients

Sometimes I make a recipe exactly as it’s written.  Maybe because I’m not familiar with the dish.  Or because it’s a baked good that will just work better if I follow directions.  Or because I like the results of that specific recipe.

But other times, I use recipes as a jumping off point.  I swap out ingredients for what I have in my pantry or fridge.  This is how I cook most often.  I love to read comments from readers that say something like, “I loved this recipe.  I used chicken broth instead of beef, added more veggies, skipped the green chilis and topped it with cornbread.”  It’s not the same recipe at all, but the reader loved it! She used her creativity and shopped her pantry to serve her family a meal that they all liked.  Success!

One reason I like enchiladas so much is that they are a prime candidate for substituting.  These enchiladas are a recent result of shopping my pantry and fridge for ingredients.  They are simple to make and my family loved them.

Here’s what you’ll need.  Feel free to substitute as needed.  The recipe makes about 9-10 enchiladas.  The picture above only shows part of the recipe. [Read more...]

Bowtie Pasta with Italian Sausage and Bell Peppers

There are nights when I stare into my pantry, wondering what I’m going to fix.  On this particular night, the contents of the pantry made me consider making Italian Sausage with Bowties but I didn’t have any stewed tomatoes.  I decided to change the recipe up a bit and came up with this.

Like the original, it’s a cinch to make and quick too.  This one gets an added taste boost from the peppers.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more...]

Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

Italian sausage pasta sauce done

I used to think that homemade pasta sauce took a long time to make.  That’s the way my Grandma made it and hers was always so good.

But pasta sauce doesn’t have to be an all day deal.  This one only takes about 10 minutes if you already have the Italian sausage browned out.  Add an extra 10 minutes if you need to do that step too.

[Read more...]

Italian Sausage and Rice

italian sausage and rice done

I whipped this up for dinner one Saturday night when I didn’t really want to cook.  It was fast, easy and tasty.  While I was eating I thought how versatile this recipe could be.

The topping could be put over pasta, pizza crust, used to fill an omelet or mixed with eggs for frittata, broiled on thick slices of French bread…the possibilities are endless.

[Read more...]

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