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Spatini Turkey Italian Sausage Sandwich

Spatini Turkey Italian Sausage Sandwich
Serving of Spatini Turkey Italian Sausage Sandwich

This is a “Go To” recipe of ours that we use on week nights when we don’t have much time and want something tasty for dinner. We use Turkey Italian Sausage because it’s low in fat and cholesterol. You could substitute a low fat regular Italian Sausage if you like.

Make the Spatini Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Spatini Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick Italian Seasoning
  • 1 (13 oz) can of tomato sauce
  1. Blend the Spatini, Italian Seasoning, and tomato sauce together in a large bowl.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Microwave for 30 – 40 seconds to warm up. Stir again.

What you need to make this recipe

  • Turkey (or regular) Italian Sausage
  • Submarine Sandwich Rolls (some call these Hoagie Rolls).
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Spatini Tomato Sauce (above)

Making the Italian Sausage Sandwich (a.k.a Grinders)

  1. Cook 2 Italian Sausages for each sandwich you will be making.
  2. Preheat broiler.
  3. Slice each sausage in half length-wise.
  4. Spread the Spatini Tomato Sauce mix over both tops and bottoms of the hoagie roll.
  5. Add 3 or 4 halves of the cooked Italian Sausage.
  6. Top both sides of the Hoagie roll with shredded Mozzarella cheese.
  7. Place on baking pan.
  8. Broil until the cheese is melted and a little browned (caramelized).

Serve hot with baked French fries or cole slaw.

Spatini Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Spatini Chicken Sandwich
Spatini Chicken Sandwich - Fast and Easy to make

If you are on a time crunch for dinner and happen to have a Rotisserie Chicken on hand (or as a left over), and hoagie rolls, then this recipe makes a meal in about 30 minutes or less.

Ingredients in the Spatini Chicken Sandwich

  • Spatini Tomato Sauce (see below)
  • Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • Hoagie Rolls (also known as submarine rolls) — see picture
  • 2 thick slices of Rotisserie Chicken Breast
  • Lettuce, Shredded

To assemble the sandwiches

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Slice hoagie roll in half and place on a baking sheet covered with non-stick aluminum foil.
  3. Generously spread the Spatini Tomato Sauce (below) over each half of the hoagie roll
  4. Evenly sprinkle Mozzarella Cheese and a little Parmesan over the sauce.
  5. Place the two slices of chicken on the bottom half of the hoagie.
  6. Sprinkle more Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over top of the sliced chicken.
  7. Broil the sandwiches, with faces up so the cheese melts, bubbles, and browns (caramelizes). These cook quickly, so watch carefully so they don’t burn.
  8. Remove from broiler, let sit a minute, then top with shredded lettuce.

Serve with potato or tortilla chips.

Spatini Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Spatini Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick Italian Seasoning
  • 1 (13 oz) can of tomato sauce
  1. Blend the Spatini, Italian Seasoning, and tomato sauce together in a large bowl.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Microwave for 30 – 40 seconds to warm up. Stir again.

Spatini Sloppy Joes Recipe

Serving of Spatini Sloppy Joes

Spatini Seasoning adds a new taste to this recipe for the classic Sloppy Joe.


  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions (green onions), tops and white bottoms
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp Spatini Seasoning Mix
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Your favorite buns or bread
  • Provolone or mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Parmesan Cheese, shredded

To prepare Spatini Sloppy Joes:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a lightly oiled non-stick skillet, turning often and breaking up any clumps. Sop up any grease in pan with a paper towel.
  2. Add green onions, and red bell pepper. Cook, stirring often, until onions are clear.
  3. Add tomato sauce, Spatini and sugar, stri well and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Toast your favor bun or bread.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, place about 1/3 cup of Sloppy Joe mix on bun and top with Provolone/Mozzarella Cheese and a pinch of Parmesan Cheese.

Serve with potato or tortilla chips.

Quick and Easy Garlic Bread Recipe

Quick and Easy Garlic Bread


Start to finish in less than 5 minutes. We use Gilroy Farms Minced Garlic in this recipe because we find it has better flavor the chopped fresh garlic, it’s creaminess makes it easy to spread, and there’s no peeling and chopping required.

  1. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a coffee cup by microwaving on high for about 15 – 20 seconds.
  2. Add 1 to 2 tsp of Gilroy Farms Minced Garlic. Stir well. Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Toast Italian Bread slices in your toaster. (Holsum Milano Italian Loaf bread in the bread aisle of your grocer works well).
  4. Spread garlic butter mixture over the toasted bread with a knife or brush.

Butter/Garlic Mix is enough for 4 or more slices of Garlic Bread. Add some Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.


Loaf of Holsum Milano Italian Bread
Loaf of Holsum Milano Italian Bread

Spatini Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Chicken Recipe

Spatini Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Chicken
Spatini Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Chicken

Delicious and healthier for you than a Spatini Meat Sauce Spaghetti made with ground beef, this recipe is ready to eat in 20 minutes. We use Gilroy Farms minced garlic because it’s creamy smooth, has a strong garlic flavor and saves time.

  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp Gilroy Farms minced garlic
  • 1 small can of mushrooms, stems and pieces
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Spatini SeasoningMix
  • 1 15oz can lower sodium tomato sauce*
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup water
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Favorite pasta
  1. Add chopped onion to a lightly oiled 3 quart non-stick sauce pan. Cook onions stirring frequently until onions become translucent.
  2. Meanwhile, begin cooking your favorite pasta according to package directions.
  3. Add chopped garlic, and continue cooking until onions begin to brown. Be careful to not burn the garlic.
  4. Chop up the chicken well (otherwise the meat will stick together and become hard to separate).
  5. Add can of chopped mushrooms, cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add the chicken to the pan, and cook well, stirring often, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle the Spatini over top of the meat mixture. Pour in the tomato sauce and water. Stir well.
  8. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  9. Serve over your favorite pasta along with quick and easy garlic bread.
  10. Makes 4 or more servings depending on serving size.

*Use lower sodium tomato sauce because there is plenty of salt in the Spatini

Dip: Spatini Italiano Recipe

  1. In a small bowl (or use the sour cream cup itself missing a tablespoon or so of sour cream), mix 2 tbsp + 2 tsp of Spatini Seasoning Mix with 1 pint (16 oz) low fat (light) sour cream.
  2. Cover and Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  3. Stir and serve with chips, crackers or veggies.
  4. Buon Apetito!
Close up of mixed Spatini Dip ItalianoServing of Spatini Dip Italiano with Veggies
Serving of Spatini Dip Italiano with Veggies
Serving of Spatini Dip Italiano with Veggies

Spatini Beef Meatball Recipe

Spatini Beef Meatballs Recipe
Serving of Spatini Beef Meatballs Recipe

The primary use of Spatini Seasoning is making an Italian Style Tomato Sauce. Yet Spatini is used in many more ways. Here’s a recipe for a delicious meat ball made with lean ground beef.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Spatini Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Herb Seasoning
  • 1 can tomato sauce (no-salt added preferred)*
  • Your favorite pasta

Mix the bread crumbs, Spatini Seasoning and Italian Seasoning together in a medium size bowl. Blend together well. Add the beef and mix well. Roll the seasoned beef between your palms to form into meatballs. Ours pictured above were about 1 1/4″ in diameter and our make 12 of these large meatballs. Making them 3/4″ to 1″ will produce more meat balls.

Place the meatballs in a large non-stick skillet that has been lightly oiled with olive oil.  We find it convenient to to use an olive oil that comes in a spray can so it coats the bottom evenly. You can see in the picture below, we really used very little olive oil, just enough to coat the bottom and no more.

Uncooked Spatini Beef Meatballs in pan
Uncooked Spatini Beef Meatballs

Preheat your oven to 350° F. Brown the meatballs over medium-low heat cooking for about 10-15 minutes. Turn the meatballs regularly to brown evenly on all sides. The best way to do this is by hand. Wear a latex or nitrile glove on your hand, grab the meatball with your fingers, quickly rotate and place the meatballs on another side. You can spend forever trying to get one meatball properly set on a new side if you are using a spatula or tongs. Below are the evenly browned meatballs. Note how little fat is in the pan even after cooking since we used very lean ground beef.

Browned Spatini Beef Meatballs
Browned Spatini Beef Meatballs


Place the meatballs in to an oven safe casserole dish. Top with tomato sauce, and bake for 35 – 45 minutes.  When about 20 minutes remain, prepare your favorite pasta according to package directions.  When like trying different foods and experimenting.  Our completed serving at the top features heartly  Japanese Udon noodles which we purchased at our local Asian Market. They are similar to Italian style pastas, yet are thicker in diameter and shorter in length. They are a great way to add a new twist to any pasta dish. Pictured below is the fully cooked meatballs and tomato sauce just after being removed from the oven.

Cooked Spatini Beef Meatballs in Casserole
Cooked Spatini Beef Meatballs in Casserole

Serve with Garlic Bread, if desired.

Makes 3 to 4 servings.

*Use No-Salt Added Tomato Sauce because there is adequate salt in Spatini Seasoning