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Italian Beef Sandwiches with Au Jus Sauce

This Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe serves up seasoned beef with an au jus sauce that can be made without drippings right on the stovetop. If you are craving Italian beef sandwiches, this recipe is sure to hit the spot. The whole family will love the tender, juicy beef, and you’ll appreciate the minimal prep time.

With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you can recreate the authentic Chicago flavors at home. Get ready to enjoy a mouthwatering, flavorful sandwich that’s sure to become a favorite in your household.

Italian Beef Recipe

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Easy Italian Beef Sandwiches

Experimenting with the au jus sauce was overwhelming at first. I wasn’t sure whether to use beef stock, pan drippings, or other ingredients like soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. After trying various methods and consulting other cooks, I finally mastered a homemade au jus sauce that delivers the authentic beefy flavor my husband loves.

My husband grew up in the Chicago area, and one of his favorite local foods has always been Italian beef sandwiches with authentic Chicago-style flavor. When we moved to Iowa, we couldn’t find anywhere that offered the same taste, so I created my own Easy Italian Beef and Au Jus Sauce Recipe.

Easy Au Jus Sauce and Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients You’ll Need

These are the ingredients I use to make this Italian Beef and Au Jus Sauce recipe. Feel free to adjust them to your taste preferences.


  • 8 pack of buns or sub rolls
  • 1 lb. medium Roast Beef, sliced (or chuck/rum roast for more flavor)
  • 1/4 lb provolone cheese
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 16 ounces Beef Broth
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
Ingredients including seasonings, hoagies,. hamburger buns

Italian Beef Recipe Stove Top Instructions

1. Prepare the Au Jus Sauce

In a medium saucepan, combine the beef broth, garlic salt, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and soy sauce. Bring to a boil.

2. Cook the Onions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the broth mixture is heating, chop the onion and cook in a small saucepan with butter or margarine over medium heat for about 7-10 minutes, or until softened.

3. Combine and Cook

Reduce the heat under the beef broth mixture to medium-low. Add the sliced roast beef and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the beef starts to brown. Remove from heat.

Italian seasoning and Beef Cooking in Pot on the Stove.

4. Assemble the Sandwiches

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place slices of beef on each bun, top with cooked onions and cheese slices, and place the top bun on each sandwich. Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted. Serve immediately with Au Jus for dipping.

Tips for the Perfect Italian Beef Sandwich

  • Doubling the Recipe: This recipe doubles easily. Just double the ingredient amounts.
  • Variations: Add kosher salt and black pepper for extra flavor, or a splash of red wine for a sweeter, more complex au jus.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve on sub rolls or Italian bread for a more traditional touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Make Italian Beef Gravy

To make a thicker gravy, cook the au jus sauce longer and add a tablespoon of flour.

How to Make Chicago Italian Beef Gravy

For an authentic Chicago-style gravy, add some beef fat or drippings to the au jus sauce.

Can I Use Different Types of Cheese?

Absolutely! Provolone is traditional, but Swiss, mozzarella, or your favorite cheese can be used.

What If I Don’t Have Beef Broth?

You can make your own beef broth from beef bones or use beef gravy to increase the flavor.

Is Italian Beef Keto?

Yes! Use low-carb buns or a low-carb wrap to keep the net carbs down. Be sure to check out these Low Carb Crock Pot Meals for more easy low-carb dinner ideas that the whole family will love.

Italian Beef sandwiches on plate with au jus sauce

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If you are interested in trying some delicious low-carb dinner ideas you have come to the right place. I have worked hard at transforming all of my favorite recipes and making them low carb as well as keto-friendly. One way I simplify traditional recipes is by making them in the crock pot. I especially like to create keto dump meals in the slow cooker that the whole family enjoys.

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How to Double this Au Jus Sauce Recipe

This recipe doubles very easily. If you want to make twice the amount, just double the exact measurements in this recipe for a delicious meal for a crowd.

It really is that simple! If you find that you are using more au jus sauce than this recipe calls for, just double the au jus sauce and keep the same amount of meat. This would be perfect for a deliciously messy dinner that my husband would approve of, he loves it extra sloppy.

Variations on the Au Jus Sauce Recipe 

There are many different ways to add a bit of extra flavor to your au jus sauce. Sprinkle in some kosher salt and black pepper for a bit of a kick or add a little bit of red wine for a sweeter flavor, more for a thin gravy. Cook on medium-high heat and add a few meat drippings or beef fat and a tablespoon of flour to thicken the beef sauce. 

You can make your own beef broth from beef bones or use beef gravy among other beef items to increase the flavor in this simple recipe. 

Instead of serving this easy recipe on hamburger buns, you can serve on sub rolls or Italian bread. These options will allow the au jus sauce to soak in the bread while keeping the Italian beef from ripping it apart.

Easy Au Jus Sauce and Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe
Yield: 8

Italian Beef & Au Jus Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Italian Beef Sandwiches with au jus made easy on the stovetop! Enjoy tender, juicy beef with authentic Chicago flavors and minimal prep.


  • 8 pack of buns
  • 1 lb. medium Roast Beef, sliced
  • 1/4 lb provolone cheese
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 16 ounces Beef Broth
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce


In a medium saucepan add beef broth, garlic salt, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and soy sauce. Bring contents to boil.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Meanwhile, chop the onion and add to a small saucepan along with butter or margarine. Cook on medium-high heat for about 7-10 minutes or until onions are softened.

Once the beef broth mixture is boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and add Roast Beef to the pot. Let cook 3-5 minutes, or until roast Beef starts to brown completely. Remove from heat.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add buns. Place a couple of slices of beef on each bun, leaving behind the Au Jus on the stove, to stay warm. Top the meat with onions and sliced cheese. Place top bun back on the sandwich and bake in the oven for about 5-7 minutes.

The bread will be toasted and the cheese will be melted. If you have not achieved this, cook another 2 minutes and check.

Serve immediately and scoop Au Jus into Ramekins or other bowls for dunking your Italian Beef Sandwiches.


Serve on low-carb buns to make this recipe fit into a keto diet.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 275Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 46mgSodium 1370mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 20g

The nutrition in recipes is caluculate by AI, mistakes happen. It is highly recommended to check carb counts to make sure these recipes fit into your diet.

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My journey started after a Crohn's disease diagnosis, inspiring a commitment to well-being. This site shares my distinctive approach to healthy living with my collection of nutritious recipes that boast authentic flavors, mimicking the indulgence of traditional dishes. I love sharing guilt free recipes for low carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and the specific carbohydrate diet. I also share tips on natural living, including homemade cleaners and cleaning hacks. I also share my experience as a veterinary technician and pet groomer, to integrate pet health tips, homemade dog food recipes, and grooming insights to ensure your pets thrive.


Friday 25th of August 2023

As a follow up, as some Italian seasoning, a half tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and a half tablespoon of red wine and then it's spot on! I thought I was back in Chicago.


Tuesday 29th of August 2023

I am glad you were able to add some things into this recipe to improve the flavor that was more to your liking. Thanks for the tips, maybe some other users will give this variation a try. Thanks for stopping by.


Friday 25th of August 2023

Not sure where you've been getting your Italian beef from, but my opinion is that while this au jus is somewhat close, it's still got a lot more to go. Also post the recipe on a site where you can actually just skip to the recipe instead of having to read a 10 page essay.


Tuesday 29th of August 2023

When I lived in the Chicago area, I tried a lot of different Italian Beef spots out. This is my favorite recipe for homemade au jus, it's about as close as we can get to the real thing without having to make a four hour drive. I am sorry you weren't a big fan of the recipe and the ads are there to help monetize my site so I can continue to offer free recipes. I will take your comments into consideration and look through my site to see if I can improve the user experience. I appreciate you stopping by, trying the recipe and leaving feedback.


Saturday 8th of January 2022

French dip sandwiches are one of my favorites to order at a diner. I love the au jus sauce.

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