Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes

My grandma absolutely loves Italian food, so I decided to make a twist on classic sloppy joe sandwiches just for her. The mozzarella, tomato sauce and red peppers make it fun! —Kristen Heigl,...

Directions In a large skillet, cook and crumble sausage with red pepper and onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker. In same pan,...


Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each ) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 16 slices smoked mozzarella cheese (about 3/4 pound)
  • 8 hoagie buns, split and toasted
  • Pickled hot cherry peppers, optional

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