Sausage and peppers are a classic combination. More specifically, grilled Italian sausage and peppers with some onions on a sub roll epitomize this natural pairing. And for tailgate grub, it’s hard to beat a tasty sausage on a bun! We just happened to spruce it up a little bit without making it too difficult or fussy. These Italian Sausage Pepper and Pesto Subs are grilled to perfection and perfect for a bbq, tailgate, or easy weeknight dinner!
What Sausage is Best for these Subs?
The star of this recipe, of course, is the sausage, and with just enough heat to notice, the Johnsonville hot style Italian sausages are impressive. Hot Italian sausage is our choice here, but any Italian sausages work exceptionally well in these. We are partial to Johnsonville, which are exceptional quality, easy to find in grocery stores, and incredibly tasty. And yes, we have tried their mild, sweet, parmesan, and four cheese flavors in these subs as well! So, you can’t go wrong, but we just happen to like the heat added by the spicy "hot" version of their Italian sausage as it pairs well with the sweetness of the grilled peppers and onions and flavorful pesto.
Are these subs easy to make?
YES! When it’s time to tailgate, it’s obviously important to know how complex your food is going to be to prepare. Sometimes less is more and, in this case, you’ve got some amazing food without much effort! We’ve attended and hosted enough tailgates to know that if you are running around like a line cook, you miss out on way too much fun!
Just because this is a relatively easy recipe to prepare without an exhaustive ingredient list doesn’t mean it’s just OK. Nope, these Italian Sausage Pepper and Pesto Subs are absolutely delicious and will not disappoint your guests!
These Italian Sausage sub sandwiches with their delicious flavors are the perfect replacement for boring hot dogs at a bbq, yet, they don't require much more effort to make!
Peppers Onions and Basil Pesto
Peppers and onions are the classic pairing for Italian sausage. The addition of the grilled red peppers and some sweet onions are the perfect balance for the sausage in a nice Italian, sub or hogie roll. The peppers and onions are cooked in a cast iron skillet directly on the grill alongside the sausages, making this recipe easy with minimal dishes to clean at the end of the night.
Having an extra ingredient like pesto really completes this sub and enhances everything in it. Even better, you can make the pesto in advance and store in the fridge for up to a week to 10 days. Pesto is such a delicious sauce and we love having extra in the fridge for pesto pasta, as a dip, or simply to spread on toast.
With the pesto, there’s no need to add any sauces, so if you want anything else on it, we suggest a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, some spicy red chile flakes, some additional Italian seasoning, fresh basil, or even more pesto! Our preference is usually nothing since the flavors combine perfectly as is.
We don't like to overcomplicate these subs by adding marinara sauce or tomato sauce, or covering them in provolone cheese or fresh mozzarella cheese. You can do this if you wish, but we are big fans of these with just some homemade basil pesto.
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