Easy Hoagie Roll Recipe (9 Ingredients!) - Oh Sweet Basil (2024)

Made with just 9 simple ingredients, these easy Hoagie Rollsare the perfect base for French dip sandwiches, meatball sliders, pesto meatball sandwich and more!

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I am all about homemade bread recipes! Homemade is just always better. These homemade hoagie rolls are soft and chewy and so easy to make. You’re going to absolutely love this recipe! The texture is perfect. They are slightly hard and crunchy on the outside and soft and pillowy on the inside.

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Easy Hoagie Recipe

I’m ready for it. Go ahead and let me have it about how darn long I took to post our hoagie roll recipe. And if you’re new here I’ll let you in on my story. It’s not a very exciting one, but it is the truth.

Years ago I posted our favorite recipe for French Dip Sandwiches. It’s a slow cooker recipe with only a few ingredients, all of which are generally on hand anyway, so it makes it easy to bust out a comfort foods dinner without a trip to the grocery store.

Why Make Fresh Hoagie Rolls?


We even make our own hoagie rolls because it goes so fast, it’s easier for me than to remember to run to the store. The only problem is, I didn’t think everyone else would want to make them too, but boy was I wrong!

At first there was a comment saying they would like the recipe and I had stated I would post it, but I forgot and got busy aka side tracked with the gazillion recipes always floating around in my head. And then over the past few months that recipe has gotten really popular and I not only started getting more comments, but emails too!

Last week we were eating french dip sandwiches for dinner when, BAM! I remembered that I was going to photograph them. I had hardly any light left and we were literally eating them so I quickly threw the hoagies on a board, snapped a few shots and now here we are.

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What’s Needed for Hoagie Rolls?

To make this hoagie bread recipe, you need 9 simple ingredients:

  • Warm Water: helps activate the yeast
  • Instant Yeast: you can use active dry yeast, but you’ll need to activate it before adding it to the recipe
  • Granulated Sugar: feeds the yeast and helps activate it
  • Honey: adds natural sweetness and flavor
  • Flour: just regular all-purpose flour
  • Salt: adds flavor
  • Butter: adds flavor
  • Egg: combines with the milk to create and egg wash
  • Milk: the egg wash creates a shine on the rolls and helps it get golden

The measurements for all the ingredients are listed in the recipe card at the end of the post.

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How to Make Hoagie Buns

This sub roll recipe is incredibly easy, but it does require some patience as the dough goes through two separate rises.

  1. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, make the dough (**see section below for tips on making the dough).
  2. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise until doubled.
  3. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper and shape the dough into 4-8 hoagies.
  4. Cover lightly with a towel and allow to rise another 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Slash the top of each roll with a really sharp knife or blade and brush with egg and milk mixture.
  6. Bake until golden and sound hard when you gently tap the outside. Brush with butter.

The complete instructions are listed in the recipe card. You can also print or save the recipe there.

Tips for Making the Dough

Since posting this recipe, we have received several comments about the recipe being wrong, the dough is too wet, the ratios are off, etc. I started to wonder if somehow the recipe had been changed without my knowing it. So I made the recipe again exactly how it is written, and they came out perfectly!

In fact, they were so good, I re-photographed them and those pictures are the ones you see now.

The dough will seem a little wet and shaggy at first (known as slack dough which is like a blog and will not hold a shape), but you just have to keep mixing it. As you work the gluten, the dough become so smooth and silky. Patience is key and trust the process!

What How Each Step of This Recipe Should Look…

What is a Hoagie Roll?

A hoagie roll is a type of long flat roll used to prepare hoagie sandwiches.A Hoagie is the same thing as a Sub sandwich, hero sandwich, or grinder.

What is the Difference Between a Hoagie Roll and a Sub Roll?

There is no difference. They are the same thing, but they just are called a variety of names depending on where you are from.

Where Did the Hoagie Roll Get Its Name?

In all my research, it’s a little hard to say where the word “hoagie” comes from. There’s a consensus that it comes from the Philadelphia area in the mid 1900s, but where it exactly originates is debatable.

How Long Will Hoagie Rolls Keep?

Wrap the rolls well, or place in a zip lock bag.Hoagie rolls will keep for 5-7 days at room temperature.

Can Hoagie Rolls Be Frozen?

Yes! Tofreeze hoagie rollsandbuns, place them inside a freezer bag and seal tightly.Hoagie rolls will keep 3 months in the freezer.

Tips for Finishing Hoagie Rolls

  • I highly recommend brushing the hoagie bread with butter before serving it.
  • If you like a little crunch and an added flavor, sprinkle some sesame seeds on the top right after brushing with butter.
  • The bread is hard upon removal but quickly softens, so don’t worry that you over baked.
  • Let the sub rolls cool for 15 or so minutes before cutting them.
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Homemade is always better, and that has never been more true than with these easy hoagie rolls! No need to run to the store! I’m going to bet you have all 9 ingredients already in the house. Can’t wait for you try them!

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Easy Hoagie Rolls

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Servings: 8 hoagies

Prep Time: 20 minutes mins

Cook Time: 16 minutes mins

Rise Time: 4 hours hrs

Total Time: 4 hours hrs 36 minutes mins


Made with just 9 simple ingredients, these easyHoagie Rollsare the perfect base for French dip sandwiches, meatball subs, and more!


  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Instant Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 3 3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, cubed
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk


  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, add the warm water, yeast, sugar, and honey.

    1 1/2 Cups Warm Water, 1 Tablespoon Instant Yeast, 1 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar, 1 Tablespoon Honey

  • Allow to foam up for about 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Add the flour and using a dough hook mix for 4 minutes on low.

    3 3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour

  • Increase the speed to medium and add the salt, mixing for another 3 minutes.

    1 Tablespoon Salt

  • Finally, add the cold butter, one tablespoon at a time and mix for another minute or two after each addition. Continue to mix until no pieces of butter remain. This is going to be odd to see that butter slapping around in there, but trust me, as you mix, the dough will firm up and be silky and all butter will be incorporated.

    3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

  • Place the dough in a lightly oiled (olive oil or vegetable oil is great) bowl, turning over to coat, cover with a towel and allow to rise for 1 to 2 hours.

  • Place a silpat or parchment paper on a baking sheet and shape the dough into 4-8 hoagies depending on size preference. I like to flatten each piece into a rectangle, fold one end up like an envelope, turn 180 degrees and fold up the other end over the first. Repeat until you've formed a hoagie and pinch shut the seam and end seams.

  • Place seam side down and repeat with remaining dough.

  • Cover lightly with a towel and allow to rise another 1 to 2 hours.

  • Whisk together the egg white and milk. Using a razor blade, make a slit down the top of each roll. Brush each top with the egg mixture.

    1 Egg White, 1 Tablespoon Milk

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF, place the hoagie rolls on the baking pan and bake for 16 to 22 minutes.

  • Remove from the oven when they are lightly golden and feel hard when you tap the crust.

  • Rub with a little butter if desired and allow to cool.

  • The bread is hard upon removal but quickly softens, so don't worry that you over baked.


store in a plastic bag


Serving: 1rollCalories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 49.1gProtein: 6.7gCholesterol: 11.4mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3.9g

Author: Sweet Basil

Course: Yeast Bread Recipes and Quick Bread Recipes

Cuisine: American

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What is a hoagie roll made of? ›

A hoagie roll or hero roll is a type of long roll used to prepare hoagie sandwiches. Hoagie rolls are sometimes toasted before being used to prepare a sandwich. Ingredients used in hoagie roll preparation may include flour, egg, milk, vegetable oil, salt, sugar and yeast.

What makes a good hoagie? ›

Making a New York Style Italian Sub (aka hero or hoagie) doesn't have to be difficult. It's all about the ingredients: crispy, seedy Italian bread, layers upon layers of paper-thin capicola, salami, pepperoni and ham, vinegar-drenched shredded lettuce, fresh tomatoes, sliced onions, and cherry peppers.

What's the difference between a hoagie and a sub? ›

A submarine sandwich, commonly known as a sub, hoagie (Philadelphia metropolitan area and Western Pennsylvania English), hero (New York City English), Italian (Maine English), grinder (New England English), wedge (Westchester, NY), or a spuckie (Boston English), is a type of American cold or hot sandwich made from a ...

What can I substitute for hoagie rolls? ›

A good hoagie roll is almost rubbery in texture, but quite soft. The best substitute I have found is a loaf of French bread.

What's the difference between a hoagie roll and a sub roll? ›

Though their names are often interchangeable, there actually is a bit of a difference between a hoagie and a sub. A hoagie uses a harder bread and is usually served cold whereas a sub uses a softer one and can be served toasted or cold. A sub's bread is also fully cut through and a hoagie's bread is only split.

Does a hoagie have mayo? ›

Pictured here is a cheesesteak hoagie, which also sparks the Cheez Whiz debate. According to Food blogger Hoagie_don, hoagie purists say that mayonnaise has no place on a hoagie and if you slather it on, you can no longer call it a hoagie. They say the only condiments that belong on a hoagie are oil and vinegar.

What kind of oil do you put on a hoagie? ›

You can use straight extra-virgin olive oil, canola or vegetable oil. You can also add a refreshing splash with oil and vinegar mixed together. Hoagies also taste great with mayonnaise, mustard or your favorite deli sauce.

What kind of oil and vinegar do you use for sandwiches? ›

Oil, Vinegar and Spice

We suggest you use and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, however you can get crafty with different varieties. Balsamic Vinegar works, however, we suggest a nice red wine vinegar for your homemade Italian sub sandwich.

What is a nickname for a hoagie? ›

Synonyms of hoagie
  • sub.
  • hero.
  • submarine.
  • torpedo.
  • grinder.
  • poor boy.
  • po'boy.
  • Italian sandwich.

What is a traditional hoagie? ›

Hoagie. A hoagie is a bread roll sandwich piled high with deli meats, cheese, fixings and dressing, and is usually at least six inches long.

What is a Philadelphia hoagie? ›

A hoagie can be filled with many things, but what most consider the “classic” Philadelphia hoagie consists of Italian deli meats such as ham or salami, cheeses such as provolone or mozzarella, and an assortment of toppings from peppers to onions, often with fixings of Italian dressing, oregano, and even a splash of ...

Can you make hoagie rolls from pizza dough? ›

A: Most pizza dough formulations are well suited for also making your own sub rolls. It is not terribly difficult, but it will take a little practice to make them right. Begin by using your regular pizza dough formula, but mix the dough about five minutes longer at either low or medium speed.

How do you crisp a hoagie roll? ›

The Best Method for Reheating Dinner Rolls: The Oven

Placing rolls snugly together in a baking dish leaves the sides of the rolls soft, while separating them and heating on a baking sheet will result in a slightly crisper outside crust.

What is a healthy hoagie? ›

The main thing to making a hoagie healthy is to use 100% whole wheat or whole grain rolls (just plain bread doesn't hold the dressing well enough). I often use whole wheat round sandwich buns, which are easier to find. The meats: I prefer Applegate Farms organic sandwich meats.

What kind of bread is a hoagie? ›

A hoagie roll is a type of long flat roll used to prepare hoagie sandwiches. A Hoagie is the same thing as a Sub sandwich, hero sandwich, or grinder.

What's the difference between a hoagie and a cheesesteak? ›

Cheesesteak has cooked thin-sliced beef, cheese and (optional) cooked onions and peppers. Hoagie has cold lunch meat and (optional) raw onions and peppers. The lettuce, (optional) dressings and long roll are identical.

Are hoagie rolls unhealthy? ›

Hoagie rolls contains 440 calories per 198 g serving. This serving contains 2 g of fat, 15 g of protein and 92 g of carbohydrate. The latter is 3 g sugar and 3 g of dietary fiber, the rest is complex carbohydrate. Hoagie rolls contains 0.2 g of saturated fat and 0 mg of cholesterol per serving.

What kind of bread is a sub roll? ›

Popular varieties of bread for submarine sandwiches include: Rolls of Italian Subs: Making submarine sandwiches with the classic Italian sub rolls, sometimes known as "submarine rolls" or "hoagie rolls," is a common practice. They feature a lightly crispy top and a soft interior.

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