Italian Sausage Strombolis

Oh, my gosh, I love strombolis! Not the island in the Lipari Islands of Italy but the food! When I make it for dinner I feel like I’m cheating and having a treat instead of a sensible meal. Then I think of the ingredients; sausage, peppers, onions, cheese, and the crust, and I realize it really is a sensible meal! If you want a meal to make your whole family think you’re spoiling them I suggest Italian Sausage Strombolis!

Italian Sausage Strombolis


I really wish I had made two of these since I could have eaten it for lunch, too! Italian Sausage Strombolis are so tasty that Mr. Comfortable and I could both polish off an entire loaf each in 24 hours! They take some prep but they are definitely worth it.

First I diced up 1/4 cup each of onion, and yellow, green, and red peppers. They add a little crunch, color, and vitamins to the strombolis. Score a point for sensible meal! I set the vegetables aside while I browned some Italian sausage in two teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet.

Italian Sausage Strombolis are chuck full of onions and peppers

Italian Sausage Strombolis are delicious!

You can use whatever type of Italian sausage you prefer. Hot, mild, or sweet it’s up to you! I browned the sausage and then removed it from the skillet with a slotted spoon into a bowl. I didn’t drain it because I want that oil left in the skillet to cook the onions and peppers.

Next I sautéed the onions and peppers over medium high heat, seasoning with salt and pepper, until they were just slightly softened. It takes just about 4 minutes to get them tender crisp but if you want them softer just sauté them a bit longer.

Italian Sausage Strombolis

The Italian sausage went back into the skillet with the onions and peppers and I sprinkled 1/4 teaspoon each of garlic powder, dried oregano, and dried basil over it all. I stirred the mixture to distribute the herbs and then put the sausage mixture into a bowl to cool off.

Italian Sausage Strombolis - a tasty dinner your family will love

While the sausage was cooling I unrolled a loaf of refrigerated bread. It was in in the refrigerator sneaking up on its expiration date and I wasn’t up to making my own dough and it works just fine for my Italian Sausage Strombolis. You can make your own dough if you prefer.

I lightly floured my wooden cutting board and spread the dough out. I rolled it, attempting to get a rectangle shape but I fell short. It doesn’t matter if you have trouble getting a perfect rectangle. This is about taste and the strombolis will still look nice!

While the sausage still needed to cool a bit I preheated my oven to 400 degrees and sprayed a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

When the sausage had cooled enough to touch I spread about 1/2 of it (I kept the other half for the next Italian Sausage Strombolis night) on the dough. Then I sprinkled about a cup of shredded mozzarella cheese over the sausage mixture. Put the sausage and cheese right down the middle of the dough because you’re going to fold 1/2 the dough over it then stretch the other half of the dough over that.

Italian Sausage Strombolis made with refrigerated dough!

I mixed two eggs (use only one if you’re making one loaf – I forgot and used the amount for two loaves) with two tablespoons of water. I brushed some of the egg wash along the edge of the dough that I had folded over the filling.

Italian Sausage Strombolis made with refrigerated dough!

Then I folded the other half of the dough over and carefully placed the stromboli on the baking sheet. I brushed the entire stromboli with the egg wash and put it in the oven. Depending on how hot your oven runs it should take between 15 – 18 minutes to get the dough a nice, golden brown.

Italian Sausage Stromboli made with refrigerated dough

One note: I usually sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese (the kind that comes in the bottle with the green top) over the strombolis after I use the egg wash. I planned to do that last night but when I went to get it I discovered I was out! I really need to get back to keeping up my refrigerator inventory! And for tips on organizing your refrigerator and freezer by temperature zones check out Organization Part 2 — Organizing your refrigerator & freezer

I serve Italian Sausage Strombolis with marinara sauce. We love to dip our stromboli pieces! That hot, gooey cheese and those slightly crisp vegetables make me want to sing! And With a salad this is a complete meal! And a sensible one at that!

Italian Sausage Stromboli made with refrigerated dough

Italian Sausage Strombolis

Italian Sausage Strombolis are a delicious meal your family will ask for again and again!