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!