Braised Pork Italian Hoagie

A braised pork sandwich with cheese and tomato.

This braised pork Italian hoagie is a quick and easy recipe with leftover braised pork. This makes the meatiest, juiciest, two-hands-required, pork hoagie ever. Trust me. Get a bib.

I promise that I won’t just loaf through the whole summer without making an effort… Yes, I know that Monday I showcased those Mango Popsicles total prep time :05 minutes.  So I completely understand if you think I’m just calling it in with a “sandwich”  But this is no ordinary sammie.  It’s an Braised Pork Italian Hoagie and despite the fact that it’s another :05 minute “recipe”, I just wanted to make sure you knew how versatile that Pork Ragoût is. Grab your favorite hoagie bread and let’s get started.

leftover braised pork in a bowl.

While the ragoût is ridiculously easy to make — it does require a few hours of oven braising — so you see — I made some effort.  A little.  

a platter of hoagie bread and sandwich fillings.

You remember the ragoût, right?  I made one a few months ago and we mounded it on egg noodles and stuffed it into tacos.  Well, I fixed it again and this time the leftovers became the savory filling for lunch in the form of a decadent Italian hoagie.

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braised pork and hoagie bread for Italian Hoagie.

Hoagie Bread – Get The Best You Can

In my view, when you’re working with something as simple as this, you have to use really good ingredients, starting with the bread.  There is no hard and fast rule for hoagie bread, however, I would advise against most commercially available ones. Try to get Rolls from the bakery  – soft and absorbent on the inside with a sturdy crust to corral the meaty filling. They could be Kaiser rolls, or sub rolls — with or without seeds. Hefty enough to handle your fillings, with a crust that’s not too tough — you want to be able to get your teeth through it.

Braised Pork Italian Hoagie on a Kaiser roll.

Fillings For Braised Pork Italian Hoagie:

 I like Boar’s Head sliced provolone from the deli and the heaviest, ripest tomatoes I can find.  Fresh garden basil ties it all together.  This can tend to get messy.  Embrace the slop.  Hunch over your plate, cradling the sammie in both hands and savor every bite.  Don’t worry that the drippings will cover your elbows — it’s part of the experience.  

Italian Hoagie on a long roll.

More awesome sandwich recipes:

Italian Hoagie with arugula and basil.

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Italian Braised Pork Hoagie

Leftovers have never tasted so good!
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pork, sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4


  • ½ recipe Italian Braised Pork leftovers
  • 4 6-inch hoagie rolls or sandwich buns
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato sliced
  • 8 basil leaves fresh
  • 6 ounces baby arugula
  • 8 slices provolone cheese


  • Heat the leftover braised pork in a saucepan or microwave oven. Slice the rolls in half and build the sandwich by dividing the pork, provolone, tomato basil and arugula between the rolls (make sure the hot pork is in direct contact with the cheese to get that melty, gooey fusion).
  • Serve with plenty of napkins!


Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 907mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2250IU | Vitamin C: 19.1mg | Calcium: 519mg | Iron: 2.8mg

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  1. Now that looks like a sandwich I can get behind! I’m a love of provolone, it is hands down my favourite cheese and so this is definitely a winner with the gorgeous pork ragu.

  2. Lisa, I am a total sandwich guy. This has everything. The bread is perfect. You used the perfect cheese. Your meat looks spiced and flavored perfectly. This is a man’s meal!

  3. Everyday Sarah Jane says:

    Yes. Everything about this, YES! This has some of my most favorite ingredients {leftovers are my favorite}, looks simple enough to make and well, it sounds absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to make this bundle of perfection!

  4. josiedoubts says:

    This sandwich looks amazing. Perfect for summer!

  5. I love minimal effort, big payoff recipes like this. Let time do most of the work for you, and then feast!

    1. I completely concur, Mary! Definitely beats slaving for 2-3 hours!

    1. And who doesn’t like a good sandwich, right Sue?

  6. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence says:

    I’d love to wrap several of these up and take them to the beach this weekend!

  7. 5 stars
    Hey. What’s wrong with 0.05 minute recipes? I love 0.05 minutes recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚ This sandwich is massive. And messy. Which is awesome. I judge sandwiches by its level of messiness – the messier the better! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks for backing me up on this Jolina! I agree, the messier the better!