Hollow out top halves of rolls. Arrange rolls, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Broil 1 1/2 minutes or until toasted. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage to pan; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add onion and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add marinara, bell pepper, and black pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 6 minutes or until bell pepper is crisp-tender.
Arrange about 3/4 cup sausage mixture over bottom half of each roll; sprinkle each serving with about 2 tablespoons cheese. Place on a baking sheet; broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Top with top halves of rolls.
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Really, really good sausage/marinara combination - a huge success for a Friday dinner with a couple of beers. Not a wheat eater, I put the sausage combo over polenta with some oven-roasted zucchini and carrot, and it was all insanely delicious. I have no doubt that these are equally good with the hoagie roll. I changed nothing else about the recipe - it was incredibly delicious and we will definitely be eating this again in the future. :-)
I have made these sandwiches twice and we love them. I use spicy chicken sausage from Trader Joe's. I always add more onion and red peppers to the mixture. I heat some extra sauce as I like them a bit saucier than my husband. Last night I made the Spinach and Mozzarella Salad (CL March 2012) for the side dish.
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