Italian Sausage, Peppers and Mushrooms on Toasted Garlic Buns
Italian comfort food! Italian street food!
That’s what mouthwatering Sausage, Peppers and Onions is all about. Although this Italian hoagie/submarine style sandwich is often associated with people pushing street carts in Italy, it was in family-owned Italian taverns in the Midwest where my family introduced these mouth-watering, sloppy, often messy to handle with spill-down-your-face-with sauce sandwiches. Actually, I serve these with a fork and knife to cut into instead because I can’t handle being a messy eater.
Whenever I make these, hubby comes into the kitchen and declares “What smells so good?” It’s the garlic, darlin’, it’s the garlic! This is so aromatic bubbling on the stove! The sweet peppers balance out the spiciness of the sausages and tomatoes; plus the buttery mushrooms, garlic and basil, and a splash of Marsala just bring this dish to a perfect melody of flavors. Top that off with the garlic buttered bread . . . well, you cannot go wrong. So completely comforting.
You can serve this a variety of ways: by itself, ladled over creamy polenta, or as I have here (as part of our Super Bowl spread), on toasted, garlic-buttered hoagie buns!
Italian Sausage and Peppers on Toasted Garlic Buns
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- 6 – 8 links of sweet, mild Italian sausages (or if you can find it, Italian turkey sausage)
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 – 10 cloves of garlic, sliced into slivers, not minced or pressed
- 1 lb. crimini or baby portabello mushrooms, cleaned with a cloth, stem ends trimmed, and sliced
- 2 large yellow onions, cut in half and then sliced
- 2 green peppers, cored, seeded, and sliced into 1/2? wide strips
- 2 red peppers, cored, seeded, and sliced into 1/2 ” wide strips
- 1 yellow pepper, cored, seeded, and sliced into 1/2? wide strips
- 1 8 – 15 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp. tomato paste (to thicken the sauce; add more if you like it much thicker)
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup Marsala or red wine (optional)
- 2 pinches crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Italian submarine/hoagie buns
- garlic powder
- Poke the sausages all over with a fork.
- In a large, deep, heavy skillet, pour in the extra virgin olive oil, heat on medium heat.
- Place the sausages in and cook until fairly brown.
- Add the garlic to the sausages when they are not fully cooked, but fairly golden brown, so that the garlic does not burn from cooking too long.
- Place the sausages into a large (13 x 9?) baking dish, draining the oil to stay in the skillet.
- Place the sausages in a pre-heated 400 degree oven to stay warm while cooking the peppers and onions.
- Add the sliced onions to the hot left-over olive oil in the skillet.
- Cook onions until browned and caramelized, but still crunchy, 6 minutes.
- Add mushrooms to the cooked onions until browned and caramelized, 6 minutes.
- Add the cooked onions and mushrooms to the sausages in the oven, draining the oil from them to be left in the skillet to saute’ the peppers.
- Add more olive oil to the pan if there is not enough.
- Add all of the peppers and saute’ 6 minutes; keep them at a nice level of crunchiness, not wilted or soft.
- Remove the sausages, onion, and mushrooms from the oven.
- Add the peppers to the sausage, onions, and mushrooms to the sausage mixture.
- Add the oregano, basil and red pepper flakes; blend well
- Add tomato sauce and wine at this point and carefully blend together.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Return to the 400 degree oven and bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
- While baking, melt a stick of butter.
- Add garlic powder to the melted butter to your preference level, about a Tablespoon.
- Blend well.
- With a pastry brush, thoroughly and heavily brush on the garlic butter on both sides of the hoagie/submarine buns.
- After the sausage, peppers, and onions are done baking, turn on the BROILER.
- Place the buns under the broiler for about 2 – 3 minutes and watch them so they do not burn!
- When golden brown, remove from the oven.
- Place a sausage on each bun and smother with the peppers, mushrooms, and onions!
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We just had bratwursts last night for dinner but they sure didn’t look like this. Yummy! Found you on a blog hop. Hope you can stop on over at check my blog out. Following you now.
Looks fantastic! Nice spread there too!
Well ROz, qhat an amazing table.Such good food.I wouldn’t know where to start.This recipe of the italian sausage is also a blast…
if only I lived closer!!! love this dish and that sausage looks like it tastes fabulous!
Looks amazing! I know what I’d like for dinner tonight:)
Now you’re talking. THIS is comfort food.
That looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!
Oh, goodness, girl this looks fantastic! Hubby would love it, anne
Look delish! I’m def going to try this one. I love that you added some Marsala wine.
sounds delicious oh so scrumptious I think you have helped make a decision of what supper
This is an incredible recipe, Roz! I’ve been eating a lot of sausage with peppers and onions lately and never thought to put it on a buttered garlic bun. This looks so good that I would have to eat two 🙂
That’s quite the superbowl spread!
Superwoman, Mary, and Ana Rita: So happy that you enjoyed this post and game day spread. I appreciate your happiness!!!
Claudia, Sinful and Sam – – now there’s a combo for ya! Wish y’all lived closer too, yes, this is total comfort, and glad that you know what you’ll be making for dinner or a party sometime soon! Hugs!
My hubby would adore this – all of his favorite things! Thanks for coming by 504 Main (I still follow here…just never get to my reader anymore…life is busy!). So happy to reconnect!
Sara, Anne, and Patti:
You’re welcome, I love to share! Yes, the Marsala adds that extra bit of Italian flavor! Oh yea, hubby would LOVE it alright; it’s truly guy food on top of it all! Love, Roz
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Kim- the garlic-buttered toasted buns comes from my parents’ Italian restaurant ‘secrets’ that no on could figure out why their sandwiches were so different than other restaurants! That’s the secret!
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Looks festive and delicious!
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Oh my…mouth is watering! That looks so delicious and the pictures are fantastic!! I am a follower now…can’t wait to find some fantastic recipes on your fabulous blog!!
OMG! This looks divine!
Gorgeous spread – and that is one of my all-time favorite dishes – no matter what the season. I can get turkey sausage but this is one case where the full-fat sausage really works.
whoa! That’s one mouthwatering sandwich. I love sausage and peppers with lots of sauce so a knife and fork are necessary.
I’m drooling on my keyboard. This is my kind of food!
Hi Ms. Retail Therapy, Kirsten and Rebecca,
Welcome and thanks for following; I’ll be right over to your blogs too. Glad you enjoy the recipes! My pleasure to share! Roz
Peachkins and Claudia: I agree, full-fat sausage for this dish that really is divine.
Cathy and MM, so glad that you enjoyed reading and that you stopped by! Not one drop left since I let the puppies lick the plates….that good. Hope you try this someday!
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Hey Roz, nothing better than a juicy sausage pepper and onion sandwich, oh yummy! I like to mix the sweet and hot, love that spicy food you know. Hope you have a happy valentines day friend!
My hubby would do the same thing if I made this delicious Italian specialty. What is that delicious smell? lol. This looks fabulous, Roz. Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s
This would be so delicious with this seasons freshly made sausages I think. Italian fast food would make a good lunch for us. Thanks for your recent comment on News from Italy, I have responded there as you have the no reply system set up.
This looks delicious. I love nothing better than good sausages and these look amazing. Perfect amore and comfort food. 😉
My mouth is watering. Love your blog and your philosophy! I’m following now from the Social Parade blog hop.
My men would be climbing the walls to get at these! Wow, these looks fantastic. Your whole spread of food looks fabulous. Bookmarked!
Just look at all that garlic!
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Have a super week!
Truly amazing indeed! That looks like a table covered with deliciousness.
Yummy! You always post the most appetizing looking recipes Roz.
You asked me about moving. Our home is not for sale yet. We should find out in the next few months if we will be moving in the fall. I’m hoping we do! I’m ready for a brand new home to decorate. I’m hoping to find a home with even more windows to let in more natural light. That is what I meant by lighter and brighter. I will probably use more neutral paint colors as well. I don’t think I could ever give up my favorited red as an accent color though. Love it!
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Wonderful! I love the whole spread you have there. I agree, sometimes I just get such a craving for sausage in a bun – Italian style of course! Perfect.
Love a good sausage! I’m a messy -stuff-yer-mouth eater though lol