Are you a hot sandwich lover? My husband is a huge fan of hot sandwiches and I have to agree that there is something super satisfying about them. The only thing I didn’t love about them was how much meat they used for just one sandwich. It’s not the healthiest and I knew I could do better. So over time I’ve added spinach, sauteed peppers and onions, and some provolone and fresh Parmesan-Reggiano cheese. I know adding Parmesan-Reggiano cheese may not sound like a money saver but using the cheese with a stronger flavor means I can use less of it!
It’s easy to make with a short list of ingredients and a quick bake time just to melt that cheesy goodness. We usually pair these with some sweet potato fries, salad and a side of our favorite fruits for a complete meal.
- 1 lb ground sausage ( I use sweet Italian but if you like spicy go for spicy)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 bunch spinach, rinsed and chopped
- 1 large baguette or your favorite bread loaf
- Sliced provolone cheese
- Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
- Slice bread cutting into the loaf in a v-shape. If you like remove some of the bread to allow more room for the filling. Be careful to not rip into the outside of the loaf and leave a hole.
- Cook sausage breaking up large chunks until sausage is browned and there is no more pink showing. Remove meat but leave the sausage drippings in the pan.
- Add garlic, onion, and pepper to the pan with the sausage drippings. Saute until the veggies begin to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add sausage to pan and stir until wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add sausage back to pan and stir to combine and reheat. Spoon the filling into the bread. Top with a sprinkling of Parmesan-Reggiano and a slice of Provolone cheese.
- Cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes until cheese is completely melted. Slice and serve.