Italian Sub Pasta #30minutemeals

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Sometimes I have these cravings to eat a specific flavor combination but don’t necessarily want to eat it in the typical way. For example, I was really craving an Italian Sub loaded with ham, salami, pepperoni and soppressata and covered in pepperoncini and Italian dressing. But I wasn’t in the mood for a sandwich. So I put on the thinking cap and come up with this pasta dish and whoa is it good! Italian Sub Pasta is such a tasty dish, my kids have already asked for it again.

Italian Sub Pasta
Italian Sub Pasta

I used a ham steak and cut it into chunks. If you have deli ham on hand, that will probably work fine to. For the other three meats, I used the thicker slices that you find by the fancy snacking cheese and such, not the stuff found by the other deli meats. I wanted them to be thick enough to get a fork into, so that it wouldn’t be difficult to eat.

Italian Sub Pasta

For the Italian dressing, you can use what ever your favorite variety is. I used the Olive Garden brand for this, because they use pepperoncini flavors in it and I was really after that tang. You can use what ever you typically use, but keep in mind that it does take a full 16 oz bottle to get the right coating on the meats and pasta.

Italian Sub Pasta

You could do a green salad on the side of this. Or, like I did, a couple of slices of warm Italian bread. You could also do some sort of vegetable on the side. It is a pretty hearty dish so you might not need anything on the side at all.

Italian Sub Pasta

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Italian Sub Pasta

A quick pasta dish with all the flavors of an Italian Sub!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Ham, Parmesan, Pasta, pepperoncini, pepperoni, salami
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 8 oz Ham diced
  • 8 oz Salami Slices quartered
  • 8 oz Soppressata Slices quartered
  • 8 oz Pepperoni Slices quartered
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 16 oz Italian Dressing
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese grated (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 cup Pepperoncini sliced
  • lb Spaghetti


  • Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add dressing and parmesan cheese. Let simmer for 3 minutes then add in meats.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on the package. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water. Return to pot, away from heat.
  • Pour sauce mixture over top of pasta and toss to evenly coat.
  • Serve in a shallow bowl with portion of peppers over top. Sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese, if desired.

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8 thoughts on “Italian Sub Pasta #30minutemeals

  1. Looks good! Thanks so much for linking up at the 25 and Done Link Party 12! 25 entries in 25 hours!! Shared on Pn and Tw, unable to share on Fb, maybe a glitch, not sure.

  2. Gina – Midwest USA – I am a book blogger and reviewer. I also proudly wear the titles of wife, mother, nana, and friend. I wear lots of hats and I love every minute of it.
    Gina says:

    This recipe sounds really good. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 578. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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