Thursday, November 12, 2009

Grown Up Spaghetti Sandwiches

Did you ever make sandwiches out of your spaghetti and bread when you were little? I sure did. My dad would put a loaf of bread with butter on the table and we would spoon our cut up spaghetti onto the bread and make sandwiches. I have taken this idea and made an adult version.

This meal is super quick and easy. One of the things I love about spaghetti night is that I know when I get home after my 10 hour shift that I will have a simple night of cooking. I really took advantage of that when the hubby and I first got married. We had the same spaghetti recipe every week. He got sick of it super quick. So now I just throw that spaghetti recipe into a sandwich and magically he likes spaghetti night again.

This is my entry into Presto Pasta Nights this week. Chaya over at Sweet and Savory Says It All is hosting so make sure you check out her page tomorrow to see all the delicious plates and bowls of pasta. I know I can’t wait.

Grown Up Spaghetti Sandwiches

1 lb whole wheat spaghetti noodles (I used linguine this time, though)

1 jar of Spaghetti Sauce (I am not afraid to admit that I use jarred sauce when I need something fast)

1 lb ground lean ground beef

Basil, to taste

Garlic Powder, to taste

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Hoagie Style Rolls

Olive Oil

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, a handful will do

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Bring a large stockpot of water to boil and cook spaghetti according to directions.

3. Season and brown the ground beef. Drain. Pour ground beef back in skillet and pour sauce over, stirring to combine. Add additional seasoning to taste.

4. While the spaghetti and meat sauce are cooking, hollow out the hoagie rolls.

5. After the spaghetti has drained, in a small bowl combine spaghetti and meat sauce. I also cut the spaghetti down to bite size pieces so it will be easier to eat the sub.

6. Place the hoagie rolls on a ungreased baking sheet. Scoop the spaghetti and meat sauce mixture into the hoagie rolls. Top with shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese. With a pastry brush coat the top of the hoagie rolls with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder.

7. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is crunchy.

This recipe is so adaptable to any kind of pasta, sauce, cheese, bread, etc. Mix it up and enjoy. Plus there is tons of leftover spaghetti and meat sauce for lunch the next day.


  1. Oh my. This truly is original and rather simple to put together and it looks good. In a million years, I would not have thought of pasta on bread but looking at this, I can't wait to try it. Thanks for participating in Presto Pasta Nights and making life easier for so many of us.

  2. HAHA serious carb overload. I LOVE IT. This is what I need to eat before my next marathon. Seriously.

  3. This is interesting combination..looks good.

  4. What a cool trick! Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Night.