I love pasta. The first cookbook I ever owned was called “The Big Pasta Cookbook”. And all I ate was pasta and sandwiches, for like, a year. And baked goods. I also like sweets. 😉 So making a “pasta” sandwich was a no-brainer. I imagined a big bowl of pasta with all of my favorite vegetables tossed in a nice robust tomato sauce… and put it in a sandwich.
So when I think pasta, I think of delicious summer vegetables:
- Bell Peppers
- Crookneck Squash
- Green Onions
Maybe you like different vegetables. That’s one of the great things about this sandwich… you can completely customize it to YOUR tastebuds!
Nothing but healthy good vegetables. Actually, this recipe is pretty darn healthy. Vegetables, pasta sauce (made out of tomatoes), and some bread. Eating healthy can be delicious.
No matter what vegetables you use, I think the sauce is where it’s at. And to make a good sauce, you need flavorful herbs. I start by sautéing some onions and garlic in olive oil. The fragrance alone makes you salivate. Once they are sufficiently aromatic, I add the vegetables. Keep cooking them, stirring occasionally until they are done to your liking. Some like them crunchy, some like them soft… I like it somewhere in-between.
Once everything is cooked nicely, I add my sauce. I use jarred sauce from the store. I don’t have hours upon hours to make a spaghetti sauce! And you can get some really good sauces these days. I like Newman’s Own Common Good Tomato Basil Sauce. It is really flavorful.
With just those ingredients, you would have a delicious sandwich (or pasta), but to make it savage… you need a secret weapon… Herbs! Nothing packs a flavor-punch like fresh herbs. For this sandwich, I piled on the basil. You could also add oregano, thyme, or any other herb that suits your fancy.
Toast up your bread with a bit of “butter”. I always use Earth Balance Buttery Spread. If you want a bit of extra garlic, you could mince some and add it to the butter. Making your bread into garlic bread. Pro-tip: Use a garlic press. So easy. Love mine.
Once the bread is toasty, pile on the vegetable sauce mix and pour yourself a glass of vino! Mangia!
Italian Veggie Sandwich
Everything you love about pasta on a sandwich. Fresh vegetables sautéed with garlic and olive oil tossed in a flavorful tomato sauce and piled high on hot crusty bread. Mangia!
- 2 cups fresh vegetables: zucchini, crookneck squash, bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, green onions, etc, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 sandwich roll
- 1 jar pasta sauce
- 2 tbsp herbs such as basil, thyme, oregano, etc
Heat olive oil in frying pan over medium high heat.
Once hot, add some onion and minced garlic. Sauté until fragrant.
Add vegetables, and let cook, stirring occasionally, until desired tenderness.
Add 1/2 jar of sauce and all the herbs. Continue cooking for an additional 5-10 minutes, letting the herbs work their magic.
Toast bread. If desired, slather with butter and garlic before toasting.
Pile the vegetable/sauce mixture onto the bread, pour a glass of wine and enjoy!