We used to have a fast food restaurant near us called Spaghetti Jack’s. I’m not sure when it closed, but it was quite a few years ago. I wasn’t fond of most of their entrees, but they had an Italian Sub that my husband and I loved. Over the years, my husband has complained about craving the Italian Sub, so I finally broke down and tried to recreate it.
Working from distant memory, this is what I came up with. I know my memory is skewed, but it’s pretty close to what I remember the Spaghetti Jack’s sub tasting like.
I think the Bolillo roll works the best for this recipe. It’s like a sponge that soaks up the juices without becoming a soggy mess. Any large roll or bun will do, but I highly suggest the Bolillo roll.
- 1/4 medium tomato
- 1 Tablespoon Zesty Italian dressing
- 1 Bolillo Roll or Hoagie Bun
- 1 slice Pastrami
- 1 slice Prosciutto
- 2 large slices Genoa salami
- 6-8 slices Pepperoni
- 1 slice Provolone
- 1 slice Mozzarella
- Spray Olive Oil (optional)
- pinch of garlic powder
- pinch of Italian seasoning
- 1/4-1/3 cup shredded lettuce
- Dice tomato and place in small bowl. Add Zesty Italian dressing, stir and refrigerate.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut and remove center of roll or bun.
- Add slices of meats and top with cheese slices. Spray cheese and top of roll or bun lightly with olive oil (optional). Sprinkle with garlic and Italian seasoning.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is hot and melted.
- Remove from oven and top with as much lettuce and tomatoes as you can fit in the top. Spoon about a teaspoon of the Italian dressing from the tomatoes on top.
- The center of the roll or bun is good sprayed with olive oil, seasoned with garlic and Italian seasoning, then fried on the stove or baked in the oven.
- You can use the large slices of Genoa salami or the smaller ones that are about the size of pepperoni. Use about 4 of the pepperoni size Genoa salami since they are usually thicker cut than pepperoni.
- Duplicate as many times as you need. I usually make them 4 at a time. I leave the lettuce and tomato off two of them and reheat them in the toaster oven, oven or microwave depending on my level of laziness. Then, I add the lettuce and tomato. The bread gets a little chewy in the microwave, but it still tastes yummy.