This recipe is a total keeper.
It can be made for lunch or for dinner.
Served on a bun.

Over pasta.
On grilled polenta.
Or even straight up.

I made it on a busy weekday night while the boys at their turkey hotdogs (don’t judge-they were nitrate free ;)).  I had this again for my 2nd lunch today. Haha…

So good.

Skinny Italian Sub
 Here’s What You Need:  (Makes 1, but super easy to multiply!)
1 Smart Chicken Hot Italian Chicken Sausage
3 mushrooms, halved and sliced
3/4-1 cup of marinara
1 Babybel light cheese (cut into pieces)
Handful of kale or spinach, chopped (optional)
1 bun (I used a sprouted grain one by Cybros that was awesome and six grams of fiber!)

Here’s What You Do:
Slice the sausage in half and remove it from the casing. Heat a pan over medium high heat and add the sausage, breaking it up with your spoon for 2-3 minutes. Add the mushrooms for about a minute. Add in the marinara and simmer for 3 minutes. Add in the cheese and then the kale and cook for 1-2 minutes. Scoop onto your bun, pasta, or polenta. Manga!

Kid Tip:
This sausage was a bit spicy for my boys, so I would go for sweet Italian sausage by Smart Chicken the next time. If they don’t like buns, you can definitely stir this into whole grain or veggie penne with a good dash of parmesan.

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Note: I received the Babybel cheese from Laughing Cow, but the opinions here are all my own.


  1. I am always looking for quick weeknight meals that are light. Anxious to try this and pinning it now to add to next week’s menu plan! :) Looks delish!!

  2. I can see why this recipe is a keeper, it looks amazing!

  3. That looks like the perfect thing to make a huge batch of and freeze in portions for later. Beautiful :)

  4. Sues says:

    Yum! This is definitely one of my ideal meals! SO satisfying and delish :)

  5. Such a yummy, skinny take on one of my and hubby’s favorite sandwiches! Thanks for sharing this, Bree! It’s a must-try!

  6. Love this healthy twist to an italian sausage sub!

  7. this sounds so versatile & flavorful. yum!

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