Italian Sausage and Pepper Subs

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Sautéed bell peppers, onion, marinara and melted mozzarella cheese top these Italian sausages to make this meal decadent. Maple mustard sauce adds in some tangy, sweetness. Stuff it all in a poppy seed bun and enjoy with a glass of Claret. 

Four subs made with Italian sausages and peppers with a side of mustard maple sauce and a bottle of Claret wine.



  • 1 (20-oz) pkg Italian sausage links
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 (24-oz) jar marinara sauce
  • 1 (6-count) pkg poppy seed hot dog buns
  • 1 (8-oz) block mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Maple-Mustard Sauce (recipe follows)


  1. Cook sausages in 2 Tbsp hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned on all sides. Remove from skillet, and keep warm.
  2. Sauté bell peppers and onion in 1 Tbsp hot oil in same skillet over medium-high heat until crisp-tender. Return sausages to skillet, and add marinara sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until sausages are done.
  3. Preheat broiler. Divide sausage mixture among buns, and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with Maple-Mustard Sauce.

Maple-Mustard Sauce



  • ¼ cup whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar


  1. Whisk together all ingredients. Store, covered, in refrigerator up to 1 week.

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