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July 13, 2010

Great pasta sandwiches in history

Filed under: Sandwiches — Katie R. @ 7:05 am

The UK’s News of the World reports that Tesco, a British grocery chain, has launched a brand new Las-Sandwich. As you might have guessed, this ingenious concoction consists of two slices of old fashioned processed white bread, surrounding noodle sheets, tomato sauce, cheese, and a little mayo for good measure.

While Tesco claims that this particular piece of carb-loading is the world’s first lasagna sandwich, it’s not alone in its pairing of bread and pasta. Who hasn’t marveled at the genius of the baked ziti pizza? (Not a sandwich, but if you fold it up New York style, it almost counts…)


Then there is Japan’s gift to the starch lover, the yakisoba sandwich, toothsome buckwheat noodles piled high on a squishy hot dog style bun.


Similar in style, courtesy of the Clover Bakery in San Jose comes the spaghetti sandwich (with meatballs of course)

Crunchier than its pasta pan pals is Nathan’s take on the classic Chow Mein Sandwich


And, finally the Wachtung deli in Montclair, NJ serves up the Benny Mac, a chicken cutlet, bacon, barbeque sauce, and mac& cheese, stuffed in a giant Italian roll.

And there you have it, great pasta sandwiches in history. Next week’s course —┬á prominent potato heroes (of the sandwich variety.) We have a lot to learn.


  1. I have been trying to stay loyal to MY Mr. Henry but but you just made my arteries hard in a good way ­čśë ! Great writing and great articles! Keep ’em coming (in a good way)…

    Comment by Jennie — July 13, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

  2. Strangely, the Bennie Mac sandwich is calling to the Manolo, beckoning him to overindulge.

    Comment by Manolo the Shoeblogger — July 14, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

  3. The Bennie mac does look good, in a “just asking for heartburn” kind of way.

    This post put me in mind of the “strange things the British put on baked potatoes” compendium I made once upon a time. Probably because spaghetti (usually from a can) is one of them.

    Comment by cedar — July 14, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

  4. Do you think this pasta would be better with homemade pasta or will the pre prepared stuff work?

    Comment by Edinburgh Italian Restaurants — July 14, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

  5. My husband is in San Jose on business, so I emailed this story to him to encourage him to try the spaghetti sandwich (and maybe bring one back for me).

    There is a restaurant downtown that makes a macaroni and cheese pizza. It is on our “must try” list.

    Comment by The gold digger — July 15, 2010 @ 11:33 am

  6. Yum. Please keep us posted on that mac and cheese pizza, gold digger. There’s nothing like carb on carb love!

    Comment by Katie R. — July 15, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

  7. Tinned spaghetti on cheese toasts is quite popular amongst kids in New Zealand (mainly for the flavour from the sauce I think), and I have to admit that my favourite way to eat leftover lasagne is in a burger! With lots of lettuce and some mayo. When you come down to it it’s not a lot different from having bread to eat with your plate of pasta.

    Comment by Bronwyn — July 15, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

  8. And on a slightly different note – who has eaten macaroni cheese with chips (french fries to Americans)? It is heavenly. Something about the texture of the chips with the cheese sauce. Not something to be eaten often however.

    Comment by Bronwyn — July 15, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

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