Baked on the Bright Side

Toasted Gluten-Free Hoagies: The Best Gluten-Free Leftover Meal!

April 23, 2013

Since I was little, I was a big fan of my Dad’s pasta sauce (I mean really, who isn’t?!).  Even though I stuffed myself well over capacity on 99% of pasta nights, I still wished that there would be enough leftovers for another meal.  Problematically, there was not enough of my Dad’s cherished pasta sauce to feed my family on the following night.   So what was my strategy to ensure I got a second meal out of the sauce?—Get home and beat my brother to making a toasted hoagie!

In all honesty, there was typically enough leftover sauce to provide an excellent after-school snack for both of us.  Hoagies with leftover pasta sauce were a great help to my Mom, who was constantly working to keep her two sons’ bottomless teenage bellies full!  The hoagies were easy enough for my brother and I to make:

Just take two slices of bread; put pasta sauce on one slice and thinly-sliced or grated mozzarella (or Asiago) cheese on the over.  Then pop the two slices in the toaster oven for 4-6 minutes on bake at 400° F.

The best part of this staple after-school snack is that it can be made deliciously gluten-free with Rudi’s Gluten-Free Sandwich Breads or Rudi’s Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns!  As we all know, gluten-free bread products are best served toasted.  When toasted, Rudi’s Gluten-Free products are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing!  As an added bonus, this meal is made with all Non-GMO ingredients!


An Easy Method to Boosting Your Favorite Canned Marinara Sauce!


Organic Marinara Sauce
Sweet Yellow Onion (sliced)
Bell Pepper (sliced)
Olive Oil
Parsley (chopped)
Basil (chopped)
Garlic (finely chopped or minced)


Optional Ingredients:

Red Cooking Wine
Heavy Whipping Cream
Your Favorite Meat in Sausage Form



  • Add a Tablespoon (or two) of olive oil to a large saucepan on med-high heat.
  • Optional: In a separate saucepan/skillet begin grilling your favorite sausage.
  • Added sliced bell pepper along with sliced onion to sauté (you can also add sliced mushrooms and jalapeños for added flavor and kick)
  • When the onions and peppers are 75% sautéed, reduce pan to medium heat and add in finely chopped garlic, basil and parsley.
  • Once the sauté is complete, pour your favorite canned marinara sauce as well as the sliced grilled sausage into the saucepan.
  • Optional: add a cup of red cooking wine and or a ¼ cup of cream to boil off on medium heat.  Make sure to stir frequently during this process.
  • Once the cream and wine have boiled off, your super-flavorful pasta sauce is ready to serve!