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The Ultimate Italian Sub

Some sandwiches are so perfect as-is, it’s almost impossible to improve upon them. And yet somehow, the addition of a quick homemade tomato jam to this Italian sub provides just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the acidic veggies and savory deli meats.

Get the recipe for the ultimate Italian sub with homemade tomato jam and dressed veggies:

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The Ultimate Italian Sub

  • Author: Misfits Market



Tomato jam:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Dressed veggies:

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup pepperoncini, roughly chopped


  • 16 ounces Italian loaf, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Provolone cheese, sliced
  • True Story Prosciutto
  • True Story Uncured Applewood Smoked Ham
  • True Story Smoked Turkey Breast


  1. For the tomato spread, heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and chili flakes and cook, stirring occasionally until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add in tomatoes and cook until they begin to burst, 4 to 5 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to help break up the tomatoes, then season with salt. Turn heat up to medium-high and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until sauce becomes jammy and thickens up, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in balsamic vinegar. Let cool and transfer to an airtight container. Can be stored in the fridge for up to one week
  2. For the sub salad, add mayonnaise, olive oil, vinegar, oregano, red pepper flakes, a pinch of salt, and a few cracks of freshly ground black pepper to a small bowl and whisk to combine. In a large bowl toss together lettuce, red onion, pepperoncini, and dressing.
  3. To assemble the sandwich, add a few slices of provolone to each side of bread. Layer on the prosciutto, ham, and turkey (I like a hefty sandwich, so I left out measurements for this part cause I like to measure this part with my heart). Spread a generous amount of tomato spread on top of the deli meats, then pile on the salad. Add the top to your sandwich, slice in half with a serrated knife, and enjoy.

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