The family will come running for these Italian Loose Meat Hoagies served on warm hoagie rolls topped with gooey melted cheese.
Easy Italian Loose Meat Hoagies Recipe
These Italian inspired loose meat hoagies are a favorite meal at our house. They're quick, filling and fun to eat. They're one of those meals we often refer to as "party food." I couldn't resist making an Italian version of a loose meat sandwich and piling it high on a toasted hoagie roll. It's sort of a sloppy version of an Italian meatball hoagie cooked with onions and sweet peppers then dressed with pizza sauce.
How to Make the Best Italian Loose Meat Hoagies Recipe
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Italian style Loose Meat Hoagies: Ground beef, onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, olive oil, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, pizza sauce, dry Italian seasoning, oregano, salt and black pepper, provolone or mozzarella cheese and hoagie rolls.
- Kitchen gadgets you'll need: A large skillet, sharp knife and cutting board, measuring spoons, a large spoon for stirring and a sheet pan for placing the hoagies under the broiler in the oven to melt the cheese.
- I recommend using hoagie rolls that can be cut on top, so they remain upright in the oven when melting and covering with gooey cheese.
- The loose meat filling can be made in advance, and it freezes very well making for low-stress meal-time preparation.
- You can top these hoagies using any flavor of cheese that you enjoy or have on hand. Mozzarella works equally as well as provolone. You could also use cheddar, colby jack or monterey jack cheese if that's your jam.
- You can adapt using any variety of bell peppers that you enjoy.
- You can make the filling and put it into the crock of a slow cooker and keep warm until servings.
- Serve these hoagies for casual meals and they make a tasty treat for game days, too.
- Store leftover loose meat chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Assemble per the recipe and make hoagies for supper in a snap.
More Easy Ground Beef Recipes to Make
Your day may be hectic but dinner doesn't have to be. More simple family pleasing recipes using ground beef that you may also like to try:
- Barbecue Smokey Joes on toasted Kaiser rolls are a barbecue version of delicious sloppy joes.
- Sloppy Joe Pizza Sliders are game day ready.
- Make Ahead Ground Beef for Freezing is one of my own favorite cooking hacks. You can turn it into spaghetti sauce, tacos, add it to soup or turn it into sloppy joes depending on the additions you make after the fact. Just add it to the skillet frozen and let it simmer in the sauce and seasonings that you like.
- Ground Beef Stroganoff served over cooked egg noodles is an inexpensive way to feed the family.
- Cornbread Sloppy Joe Casserole from Six Sisters Stuff.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Italian Loose Meat Hoagies
- 1 large sweet onion diced
- 1 medium green bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 medium red bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 clove garlic minced
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 lb Italian sausage sweet or spicy your preference
- 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 16 oz jar pizza sauce
- 2 teaspoon dry Italian Mediterranean Herb or Pizza & Pasta Magic seasoning
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- salt and black pepper
- 16 slices provolone or mozzerella cheese
- 10 Hoagie rolls buttered and toasted
- In a medium saucepan on the stovetop, saute the diced onion over medium-high in a couple of drizzles of olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper to your taste. Saute until the onion softens and is beginning to brown, then add the sliced peppers.
- Saute for 2-3 minutes, then add the minced garlic, ground beef and Italian sausage. Season the meat with salt and black pepper. Cook until no pink remains and the sausage and ground beef have browned. Drain all excess fat from the pan.
- Add the Worcestershire sauce, pizza sauce, Italian seasoning and oregano. Stir well, then cook for another 6-8 minutes until heated through.
- Set the oven on the broil setting. Butter and lightly toast the hoagie rolls.
- Fill with loose meat and top with slices of provolone or mozzarella cheese.
- Return to the oven to melt the cheese.
- Serve immediately.
Hi Melissa - This sandwich definitely looks like what the guys in this household will enjoy.. What do you recommend for side dishes. No French Fries! Thank you..
The sky's the limit with side dishes...pasta salad, potato salad, grilled smashed potatoes so many options.
Melissa from NH
Tried the Italian Loose Hoagies but changed it a bit with the cheese!
For the cheese I used melted swiss on top and packed a mixture of mozzarella, romano, parm and smoked provolone. Walmart has this, it's called pizza blend! Only things I changed. Also, make note they taste better with the rolls toasted up good. Mine were toasted more than my fiance's a bit and he liked mine better that way! Haha. Let's just say these were definitely a hit!! We both loved it. Keeping this recipe for sure!! Thank you. YUMMMM
Sounds great, thank you!
I made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit with the whole family. DELICIOUS. I’ve been trying to find a recipe to recreate a sub my dad used to order from a restaurant that closed and this was spot on.. exactly how he remembered it. This is definitely a keeper. Thanks for a great recipe!
How wonderful, I'm so happy you all enjoyed these. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know!
Made this tonight,very good!
Simple, flavor-exploding recipe that could become a weekly staple for me. Yummers Melissa.