As I was growing up, this is one quick and easy meal my mom served often. And we kids loved it! It's now one of my favorite sandwiches to prepare for my own family. And it's so simple to throw together, its makes the perfect busy weeknight dinner.
My mom always used spicy Italian sausage. But my kids aren't really big fans of spicy stuff, so I just use the mild or sweet sausage. And because the meat is already well seasoned, you don't have to add anything but sauce. How much easier can that be?
Here's what you need:
5 Italian sausage links (usually sold in a 16-19 oz package)
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce - this is the smallest can of tomato sauce
shredded mozzarella cheese, if desired
4-6 sandwich rolls
Remove the sausages from their casings. In a skillet, brown the sausage until no longer pink, breaking it up into small chunks as you cook it. Drain any excess grease from the skillet. I do this by removing the sausage with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel-covered plate. Then I pour the grease into a small bowl and dispose of it when it cools and hardens. I put the meat back into the pan and proceed.
Stir in the tomato sauce and heat through. Serve on crusty sandwich rolls and top with shredded cheese if desired. I usually pop the sandwiches into the oven at 375 degrees for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.