Italian Sloppy Joes are an Italian-style meat sauce served on toasted buns; topped with parmesan and mozzarella; and broiled until the cheese is melted.
Italian sloppy joes are a cheesy, Italian variation to the traditional sloppy joe sandwich.
This recipe starts with an Italian-style meat sauce that is slightly sweet and tangy. The meat sauce gets spooned over toasted hamburger buns, and topped with grated parmesan and sliced mozzarella cheese. Then, the sandwiches are placed under a broiler until the cheese is melted and gooey.
The flavors in this recipe remind me of a cross between a sloppy joe and a meatball sub. But, this is so much easier than rolling out a bunch of meatballs.
Italian Sloppy Joes Recipe
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion chopped
- 1 medium bell pepper chopped
- 1 lb. ground beef (I used extra lean)
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. dried Italian seasoning
- 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
- 8 hamburger buns
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 8 oz. sliced mozzarella cheese (8 slices)
- Add the oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the ground beef and break it apart with a wooden spoon. Add the garlic. Cook until the beef is browned and no pink remains (about 6 minutes). Drain any excess fat from the beef and discard it.
- Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper to the beef in the skillet. Reduce the heat to low. Let the meat simmer in the sauce for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the fresh basil.
- Place the buns cut side up on a baking sheet. Place them under a broiler until lightly toasted.
- Spoon the meat onto the bottom half of each bun. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of the meat (about 1 teaspoon per sandwich). Top with a slice of mozzarella. Place under the broiler until the cheese is melted and starts to turn golden. Top with the other half of the bun.