Classic Italian Sub Sandwich Recipe

Classic Italian sub

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings

Everyone loves a fully-loaded Italian sub packed full of Italian meats, salty cheeses, fresh veggies, and flavorful dressings. So why not try to make one yourself to make your lunchtime routine more exciting. 


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  • 1 large Italian sub roll
  • 1 tablespoon Italian vinaigrette
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 pound provolone cheese (sliced)
  • 1/3 pound rosemary ham
  • 1/4 pound mortadella
  • 1/4 pound hot soppressata
  • 3 fresh Campari tomatoes (sliced thick)
  • 1/4 small onion (sliced)
  • 2 handfuls of lettuce (such as arugula for its peppery bite)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped banana peppers
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for classic Italian sub
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  2. Use a serrated knife to cut the Italian sub roll in half lengthwise.

    Cut Italian sub
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  3. Place the sub roll in the middle of a sheet of wax or butcher paper and drizzle the inside of the bread with Italian vinaigrette and balsamic vinegar.

    Place the sub roll in middle of the sheet
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  4. Next, add the provolone, ham, mortadella, soppressata, tomatoes, onion, lettuce, banana peppers, salt, and pepper.

    Add provolone
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  5. Wrap the sandwich tightly in the butcher paper and slice the sandwich into 4 quarters.

    Wrap the sandwich
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  6. Enjoy now or wrap up tightly in more butcher's paper until ready to eat. 


  • Depending on how hungry you are, this thick flavorful sandwich can feed up to 2 or 4 people.
  • As this sandwich sits, the flavors begin to meld and make it more flavorful over time. If you're waiting to eat it, be sure to wrap it tightly in butcher or wax paper so the ingredients stay intact and the sandwich doesn't get soggy.
  • Don't have these exact ingredients on hand? No worries. Any variation of Italian ingredients will do. Experiment with a mix of different lunch meats to see what you like best. Try to use different veggies and cheeses such as a nice pickle-y giardiniera with fresh mozzarella or roasted red peppers with asiago cheese.