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When it comes to pizza at our house, we rarely agree on ingredients and toppings. Some of us like more traditional flavors, while others prefer to get more creative. The one thing we do agree on is that we love pizza, which means I’m always coming up with new ways to let everyone choose their own sauces and toppings. We’ve made individual pizzas with everything from English muffins to pita bread, but these Oven Baked Loaded Pizza Subs have become one of our #FamilyFavorites.
Of course, I don’t always have everyone’s favorite pizza toppings on-hand, so pizza night (whether we’re serving it up on crust or in buns) usually requires a quick trip to the grocery store. Since Walmart is about five minutes from my house, it’s always convenient for me to stop there while I’m out running errands.
I made sure to pick up some Classico Family Favorites sauces for our pizza subs–Traditional for my husband and oldest son, and some Parmesan Romano for me and the younger boys. I had a plenty of fresh veggies at home in my garden, but I also grabbed some sliced pepperoni and fresh mozzarella cheese before heading home.
When it’s dinner time, we set out all of the ingredients and let everyone make their own sandwich. Not only is it fun, it brings the whole family together in the kitchen. Some of our favorite toppings include Italian sausage, pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, olives, fresh tomatoes and basil, and several kind of cheese. The great thing is, you can use whatever toppings your family loves. Everyone is happy and the kids don’t have to pick off the mushrooms from the pizza dad ordered!
This meal is also great way to get kids into the kitchen and give them the confidence to cook for themselves. As the mother of a 17 year-old who will be heading off to college next year, I’m trying to provide my three boys with a supply of easy recipes that they’ll be able to make when they move out on their own.
I love Classico’s jarred sauces because they make feeding my family easy, and I’m sure they’ll be a staple in my boys’ diet when they leave home and are cooking for themselves. Whether they’re making simple pasta with red sauce, or fixing pizza subs, I know they’ll at least have some variety (and even a few veggies!) in their diet. Maybe they’ll even learn to like mushrooms someday!
Just a few tips: put your cheese on first and then add your sauce. It helps keep your pizza sub from getting soggy. Also, you don’t want to put too much sauce in your sandwich (2-3 tablespoons is plenty), or it’s too messy to eat. Of course, we love a lot of sauce on our pizza, so we warm up extra sauce and serve it on the side for dipping.
- 1 jar (24 oz.) Classico Family Favorites sauce
- 6-8 crusty sub buns
- 12-14 slices Mozzarella or Provolone cheese
- Italian sausage (fully cooked)
- Canadian bacon
- Sliced bell peppers
- Sliced olives
- Sliced mushrooms
- Sliced or chopped onions
- Sliced or chopped tomatoes
- Fresh Mozzarella cheese
- Fresh basil leaves
- Aluminum foil, for wrapping subs
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut sub buns lengthwise 3/4 of the way through–do not cut all the way through.
- Tuck two slices of cheese into a bun, then spread 2-3 tablespoons of Classico sauce over the cheese.
- Add your favorite pizza toppings, then wrap sandwich tightly in aluminum foil. Repeat with remaining buns.
- Place sandwiches on a large baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the sandwiches are heated through.
- Serve with additional warm sauce for dipping, if desired.
Right now you can save money with this Heinz Classico coupon when you buy two jars of Classico Family Favorites! And be sure to visit classico.com and follow Classico Pasta Sauce on Pinterest for more great recipe ideas!