Italian Sausage & Garlic Bread Subs

by Rose Pecci

These Italian Sausage & Provolone Garlic Bread Subs have allll the fresh and flavorful ingredients! A filling and easy dinner option for busy schedules. Who doesn’t love a meal stuffed with hearty and tasty ingredients? Plus, what’s better than this epic combination of two spectacular foods, subs and garlic bread? The answers are easy when you put it that way! Using high-quality pre-made sausage links is the LIFE HACK on this easy dinner fix. Customize it to the favorite flavors in your household. We love the combo of sweet and spicy links tossed together. The crunch of the fresh peppers and onions, saltiness of the cheese and the freshness of the basil all work amazingly together. Don’t just take it from me, give it a try and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

Italian sausage and provolone garlic bread subs with fresh basil on top.

The grocery list.

  • Sweet Italian sausage links – salt, honey, sherry wine, toasted fennel seed, garlic, oregano, black pepper and celery powder all rolled up with certified humane pork make these sweet Italian sausage links the GO-TO in our house.
  • Spicy italian sausage links– time-honored Italian flavors like fennel and garlic with an added kick of crushed red pepper give these links authentic flavor with a KICK.
  • Yellow onion – Yellow onions have a bit of sweetness which blends well with the sweet Italian sausage. 
  • Red bell pepper — Feel free to swap with green, yellow or orange peppers but know green peppers are not as sweet as other varieties.
  • Olive oil – To cook your veggies! 
  • Salt – Your subs should be lightly salty. 
  • Italian subs – Soft rolls are so delicious when toasted. You can substitute for any kind of bread here but we suggest something soft vs. a hard crusty bread to hold up to the heat of the oven.
  • Salted butter – Salted butter is king in our house, layering the flavor and the salt but you can substitute for unsalted if that’s what you keep handy.
  • Fresh grated garlic – Fresh garlic and herbs is what makes these Garlic Bread Subs so flavorful. 
  • Fresh parsley – Fresh herbs are more flavorful than dried herbs, it’s worth keeping some fresh herbs stocked in the fridge!
  • Sliced provolone cheese – Provolone cheese pairs well with the Italian sausages. 
  • Fresh basil– Fresh is always best especially for sprinkling on top of food once it’s finished cooking.
Ingredients for Italian sausage and provolone garlic bread subs.

The preparation.

I chose to use sausage links for this recipe because I like the texture that the sliced sausage gives to the subs. You’re going to start this recipe by cooking your sausages. Make sure you cut them into about 1 inch slices. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced sausage links to the skillet and cook until lightly browned on the outside. Since this recipe calls for sully cooked sausage, the goal is browning and warming. If you are using raw links, cook until fully cooked. 

You may be wondering if I made a mistake and forgot to tell you to put oil in your pan before adding the sausages. Nope! Sausages contain a lot of fat on their own and they’ll release their own oils while cooking, so adding additional oil is unnecessary! If you’re worried about your sausages getting too crispy on the outside or about the bottom of your pan, go ahead and add a splash of oil to the pan if it makes you feel better. It definitely won’t hurt! 

Once the sausage slices are cooked, remove the sausage from the hot skillet and add the prepped onions and peppers. Add olive oil to the skillet to cook the veggies (unlike the sausages, veggies don’t release their own oils while cooking!), and also add ½ teaspoon of salt. Cook the veggies for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Italian sausage, onions and red bell peppers in a large cast iron pan.

Preheat the oven to broil to brown your Italian subs. Lay the Italian subs on a baking sheet and toast them for 3 minutes under the broiler. 

Now, make your garlic butter for the subs. In a small bowl, mix together the room temperature butter, garlic, parsley and the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Spread the garlic butter on the toasted subs. 

With your subs still on the sheet pan, assemble your Italian Sausage & Provolone Garlic Bread Subs! To each sub, add sausage, peppers and onions. Top each sub with a slice of provolone cheese. Add the sheet pan to the oven to broil for an additional 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Top the subs with fresh basil and serve!

Toasted garlic bread rolls.

Storing and reheating options.

This sandwich is best “fresh”. If you have leftovers, store the sausage and peppers in an airtight container in the fridge. Store the garlic bread at room-temperature. No need to place the bread in the fridge as this can actually dry out the break and potentially stale the bread. When ready to remake a sub, preheat the oven to 400°F. Lay the garlic bread on a baking sheet along with the peppers and onions on the side. Cook for 10-25 minutes until full reheated. Alternatively, you can reheat the garlic bread in the oven or toaster oven and simply microwave the peppers and onions. Assemble the sub as directed, place a piece of cheese on top and broil as directed to finish it up. Lastly, enjoy!

FInished italan sausage subs without provolone.

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Lastly, if you make this Italian Sausage & Provolone Garlic Bread Subs recipe, be sure to leave a comment! Above all, I love to hear from ya’ll and do my best to respond to every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of your dayyyummm good recreations is my favorite!

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Italian Sausage & Garlic Bread Subs

Rose Pecci These Italian Sausage & Provolone Garlic Bread Subs have allll the fresh and flavorful ingredients! A filling and easy dinner option for busy… Main Garlic Bread, Sub, Sandwich, Italian Sausage, Quick Dinner, Easy Dinner European Print
Feeds: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat

Ingredients

  • 3 sweet italian sausage links, cut into 1” sliced
  • 3 spicy italian sausage links, cut into 1” sliced
  • ½ yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 Italian subs, cut lengthwise
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 4 sliced provolone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, sliced

Instructions

  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced sausage links to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes until lightly browned.*** Remove the sausage from the hot skillet and add the onions and peppers. Add olive oil to the skillet to cook the veggies with a ½ teaspoon of salt. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Preheat the oven to broil. Lay the italian subs on a baking sheet and toast for 3 minutes under the broiler.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the room temperature butter, garlic, parsley and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Spread the garlic butter on the toasted subs. 
  4. Divide the sausage, peppers and onions to each sub. Top each sub with a slice of provolone cheese. Add the sheet pan to the oven to broil for an additional 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Top the subs with fresh basil and serve. 

Notes

***If using fully cooked sausage, 5 minutes to heat and brown is plenty. If using RAW sausage links, the cooking time will be much great and you will need to cook to a safe temperature of 145°F for pork.

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