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Italian Sausage Hoagies

These Italian sausage hoagies are pretty much the ultimate game day food. Between a creamy spicy Calabrian chili mayo, crispy Italian sausage, tangy giardiniera and lightly dressed arugula, it's a perfectly balanced and crazy good sandwich! They're so loaded, I like to carefully cut them in half - trust me, one half of a sandwich this loaded is plenty!

While you can totally use storebought giardiniera, if you're really feeling motivated, why not make it from scratch?

Italian Sausage Hoagies


Main Course

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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    For the spread*:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons Calabrian chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the sandwich:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds mixed Italian sausage (casing removed)
  • 1 cup basil leaves (torn)
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large (11 inch hoagie rolls)
  • 1 1/2 cups giardiniera, (chopped)


  1. This recipe originated on Giada Entertains. Episode: TV Dinner.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Calabrian chili paste, lemon zest and salt. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil and the sausages and begin to cook, breaking the sausage into large pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook for 15 minutes or until the sausage is golden brown, cooked through and crispy in parts. Drain off excess fat if necessary.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine the basil, arugula, cider vinegar, and salt. Toss well to coat.
  5. Split the rolls in half horizontally leaving one side intact. Open the rolls like a book and remove and discard some of the inside of the bread. Spread 1/3 cup of the spicy mayonnaise evenly on each roll. Fill the bottom half of each roll with the crispy sausage mixture. Fill the top half of each roll with 3/4 cup of the giardiniera. Divide the dressed arugula on the two sandwiches and close them pressing gently on the top. Cut each sandwich in half and serve.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
18 grams
34 grams
117 grams
Saturated Fat
33 grams
196 milligrams
2571 milligrams
1 grams
12 grams


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