Italian Joe Sandwich

Today we wanted to share a recipe of our Italian Joe Sandwich.  This is a hot Italian sandwich where different meats are used to create a delicious sandwich down to the very last bite.

This sandwich is named after the famous Sloppy Joe but the Italian Joe is Sloppy’s Italian cousin he’s a little more proper.  This sandwich comprised of Italian sausage with mushrooms and onions, salami, pepperoni, marinara sauce, and cheeses.  Basically we add these meats, marinara sauce and cheese to a bun and heated it in the oven and under the broiler for a few minutes. 

If you have leftover meats and cheeses, get creative.  You can make a hot or cold sandwich and it makes for a nice change.  Sometimes you get burnt out on eating the same things and although you might be eating the same or similar ingredients it often seems like a completely different meal.  Getting creative and mixing things up a bit help you to not get discouraged when you are trying to stay within your meal plan and budget.

Italian Joe Sandwich

This is a hot Italian sandwich where different meats are used to create a delicious sandwich down to the very last bite.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Hot Sandwich, Sandwich, Sub Sandwich
Author Sunup to Sundown


  • Hoagie or Sandwich Roll of your choice
  • Butter
  • Johnny's Italian Seasoning
  • Italian Sausage, Browned
  • Salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Shredded Cheese


  1. Per sandwich, use one hoagie rolls or sandwich roll. You may have to slice the roll in half if it doesn't stay open.

  2. Place rolls in a cast iron skillet or oven safe pan.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  4. Spread each side of the hoagie roll with butter. Sprinkle buttered bread with Johnny's Italian Seasoning.

  5. Add a thin layer at least a couple pieces each of salami and pepperoni. Then add a layer of the browned Italian sausage.

  6. Add a thin layer of marinara sauce on top of the meat layer.

  7. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and more Johnny's Italian Seasoning.

  8. Place your pan of sandwiches into the oven. If you are able, leave the sandwich open. Let the sandwiches heat through for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then turn the broiler on and let them get a little more toasty.

  9. Remove from oven and place top of bun on sandwich. Cut sandwich in half.

  10. Serve with extra marinara sauce for dipping.

What else can you make instead of an Italian Joe Sandwich?

We encourage you to get creative in your kitchen.  Make up a yummy sandwich, wrap or salad with leftover meats and cheeses.  Another great way to use up these ingredients is by making a pasta or rice dish.  This way you use up leftovers or food that needs to be eaten and reduce food waste.  Getting in the habit of creating leftover makeovers will save you time, money, and your sanity. 

What else can I do to reduce food waste?

Reducing food waste is an important thing to consider.  We throw out so much food while others go hungry or would be thankful to have what we throw out.  Next time your family is tired of a dish or meal you made, freeze it for future use.  Most meals can be store in airtight containers or freezer Ziploc bags and last for several months in the freezer.  Just remember to label and date what you freeze so you don’t have to try to figure it out later.  Then if you are wanting to reheat just plan ahead by moving it to the refrigerator to thaw and reheat the best way you see fit the day you serve the meal.

We encourage you to try this recipe for yourself.  If you love pizza and subs than you will love this hot Italian sandwich.  We’d love to hear what you think about this recipe.  Let us know in the comments below.  Thank you for visiting Sunup to Sundown.  Please like, subscribe or share this recipe with others who would find it helpful.     

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