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Piled-High Pizza Sub | The Recipe ReDux

Piled-High Pizza Sub | The Recipe ReDux

Pizza ingredients piled high on crusty bread. Secret sauce keeps the bread from drying out at a tailgating party – or heat this Pizza Sub sandwich in the oven to make the cheese all melty.

Pizza Sub Sandwich | Healthy Hoagie | Tailgating Menu @tspcurry

{Disclosure: As a co-owner of The Recipe ReDux, I was compensated to manage this recipe contest with Sabra and I received samples but am not eligible to win associated prizes. Thoughts and opinions are my own.}

Some people measure their kids’ yearly growth with marks on the door post – with the date, name, and a line for height. When my kids were little, we used to take pictures of how tall they are compared to a long loaf of Italian bread. At least we did…until we moved away from that homey little mom-and-pop Italian deli we lived near in Chicago-land. (And of course I can’t find any of those pics as I am writing this post!)

So they other day when I bought this Italian loaf to make a giant sandwich for a fall picnic, I had to snap these pictures…nearly everyone has outgrown the Italian loaf by a long shot.

Pizza sub sandwich

Now, of course, my kids would rather eat the long loaf – than lay next to it for measurement and a photo. So they were all very excited about this GIANT sandwich I created for The Recipe ReDux #TwoSpoons Recipe Contest sponsored by Sabra hummus.

Why the fun #TwoSpoons name? It’s pretty clever:

  • The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommendation is to consume 3 cups of beans per week to promote health.
  • When you puree those beans into hummus – that comes out to about two heaping spoons of hummus per day to fulfill your bean recommendation for the week. And #TwoSpoons a day sounds pretty manageable, right?

This time of year, Sabra hummus adds smart nutrition to picnics after autumn hikes – or tailgating menus. (Yes, you really could bring a healthy dish to a tailgating party. Guaranteed ==> someone will thank you for bringing Lemon Twist Hummus + veggies!) In this recipe for our picnic, I used hummus as a sandwich spread to keep our bread from drying out. Hummus is way more nutritious than mayo.

Pizza Sub Sandwich | Healthy Hoagie | Good Grinder #AD @tspcurry

When I made this Piled High Pizza Sub sandwich again, I warmed it in the oven for a few minutes wrapped in aluminum foil – oh man! The kids came into the kitchen asking, “When will the pizza be done?” The oregano in the hummus made super yummy pizza smells and the cheese got all melty. It was a #winner…or maybe if I were clever: #TwoSpoons is #Winning #KidsEatBeans #RDMomWins

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Pizza Sub Sandwich | Healthy Hoagie | Tailgating Menu @tspcurry

Piled High Pizza Sub

  • Author: by Serena Ball, RD
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Pizza ingredients piled high on crusty bread. A secret ingredient keep bread moist when served cold – or warm in the oven to make the cheese all melty!


  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 8 ounce package white button mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • 1 tablespoon crushed dry oregano
  • 1 container (10 oz) Sabra Classic Hummus (or Roasted Garlic flavor)
  • 1 long loaf Italian (or French) bread, split horizontally
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli turkey pastrami
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves


  1. Heat oven to 450-degrees F. Place parchment paper on 2 baking sheets (Use this tip for How to Keep Parchment Paper from Rolling Up)
  2. Slice peppers in half and remove seeds; place cut side down on 1 baking sheet. Toss mushrooms with oil; place on 2nd baking sheet. Place both pans in convection oven and roast 20-25 minutes (longer with regular oven) until dark spots appear on peppers. Remove trays from oven, cool slightly and place peppers in glass bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap to steam for 10 minutes. When cool, peel off pepper skins.
  3. Combine oregano and hummus.
  4. To assemble sandwich, spread hummus oregano mixture on both sides of cut bread. Top the bottom half with turkey, roasted red peppers, cheese, mushrooms and basil. Place top half on bottom and press down gently so mushrooms press into soft bread (to keep them from rolling out of sandwich. Serve cold or wrap in aluminum foil and warm 10 minutes in 350-degree oven.

Which Sabra hummus flavors have you tried? Do you enjoy hummus in ways other than a dip?

Kelly Sloan

Saturday 17th of October 2015

What a great post! Cute idea with all the photos of the kids. The recipe sounds amazing too!

Serena Ball

Monday 19th of October 2015

Thanks Kelly. The kids are lots of fun! And they inspire me. (:

Anne|Craving Something Healthy

Monday 12th of October 2015

I love using hummus as a sandwich spread and this sandwich looks delicious! I so love the photos of the kids with the bread loaves! Precious :)


Monday 12th of October 2015

I love adding hummus as a sandwich spread and this looks like the perfect sub.

Serena Ball

Tuesday 13th of October 2015

Thanks Allie. I was surprised how it kept the sandwich from drying a bit soggy in a very good way...but now on the outside, thanks to crusty bread!

Elizabeth Shaw

Sunday 11th of October 2015

What a beautiful story and awesome recipe! I am going to steal that loaf measurement when Mr. CEO and I have little ones! So clever. I have to ask being a former Chicagoland resident... is the store La Caputos?! Wayne and I used to love going there and every time he'd buy a big loaf of bread and then get the groceries packed in a brown bag so he could look just like they do in the movies hah! That was the best Italian market EVER! Nothing out here has come close so far. I love the idea of using the hummus as a way to keep the bread fresh while also adding a nutritional boost in there to boot!

dr barb, nutritin budgeteer

Sunday 11th of October 2015

Love the photos of your kids and the long loaf of Italian bread. So cute. What a fun and delicious way to feed a crowd. And a great way to help everyone get their veggies and beans for the day.

Serena Ball

Tuesday 13th of October 2015

Thanks Dr. Barb. It's a fun food memory!

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