Italian Deli Roll Ups

Try these Italian Deli Roll Ups for a low carb snack, lunch or dinner idea! Just like eating your favorite Italian Sub without the bread!

Low carb lunch ideas like a Spaghetti Squash Stir Fry, comforting Zero Cream Asparagus Leek Soup, or our famous Naked Sheet Pan Tacos are always a hit!

Italian Deli Roll Ups on a plate with chopped basil

Just Like Your Favorite Italian Sub – Without The Bread!

I’m not a huge sub sandwich fan but when I do get one, I always go for an Italian sub. The flavors of all the different meats and cheeses combined with olive oil, salt and pepper are just a match made in heaven.

It seems like so many people (including myself) are looking for high protein low carb recipes these days…so I aim to please. We eat some pretty good food around my house, pretty much all the time so adding a few low carb dinner recipes to the mix is never a bad idea!

These Italian Deli Roll Ups are so flavorful and easy to make, I promise you’ll never miss the bread!

Italian Deli Roll Ups sliced on a white plate from the top

A Delicious, Low Carb Diet Recipe!

We’ve made a few lower carb recipes on the site here now, one of my favorites are these Hamburger Cheese Crisps and a long time favorite are these Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks.

Also we’ve got a whole collection of Low Carb Dinner Recipes that will give you a few low carb lunch ideas too!

We’re trying here guys…we’re really trying! This low carb lunch idea is still going to give you all the flavor of your favorite Italian sub sandwich, without all the extra carbs. It’s perfect for lunch on the go, or a quick meal right at home.

Italian Deli Roll Ups open on plate showing peppers and cheese

What Are The Ingredients For These Italian Deli Roll Ups?

We’ll get into some ingredients that can be substituted below, but here are the basic ingredients you’ll need!

Ham: We like a classic boiled ham for this recipe, but you can also use Virginia ham or smoked ham.

Provolone Cheese: Provolone cheese is sharp and nutty, which is why we love it in these roll ups!

Salami: Any salami will work, spicy or mild. Just make sure to get your cheese and deli meats sliced thin so that they roll easily.

Ricotta Cheese: There are a few carbs in ricotta cheese but we think it’s worth it. A thin layer of ricotta gives these roll ups a creaminess that can’t be beat!

Peppers: Banana peppers and roasted red peppers add flavor and tanginess to the roll ups. Hot or mild, you choose!

Fresh Basil: There’s nothing like the flavor of fresh herbs. Basil lightens up the feeling in these roll ups, and adds the most amazing flavor.

Italian Deli Roll Ups sliced for serving on a white plate

What Ingredients Can You Substitute In This Recipe?

  • Sliced turkey or chicken from the deli
  • Thin sliced mozzarella cheese instead of provolone
  • Raw sliced bell peppers instead of roasted red peppers
  • Shredded lettuce or arugula instead of fresh basil for extra crunch!
  • Mayonnaise instead of ricotta cheese

Hands down as good as getting a giant Italian sub from the deli in my opinion. Try this low carb recipe for lunch, dinner or appetizers! These are going to go perfectly cut up on that happy hour cheese board!

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Italian Deli Roll Ups on a white plate

Italian Deli Roll Ups

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

This fun low carb snack or appetizer can be served any time of the day! You can easily customize the flavors in this appetizer recipe to your liking!



  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 12 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and sliced into strips
  • 1 12 ounce jar banana peppers, drained
  • 1/2 lb. salami, sliced thin
  • 1/2 lb. ham, sliced thin
  • 1/2 lb. provolone cheese, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped


  1. Make the ricotta filling by mixing the ricotta cheese with the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  2. On a cutting board, lay out 3 slices of salami so that the edges overlap each other.
  3. Lay 2 slices of ham on top of the salami followed by 2 slices of provolone cheese.
  4. Spread a thin layer of the ricotta cheese on top of the provolone.
  5. Add 2 thin strips of red peppers and 5 or 6 banana peppers making a line across the center of the roll up.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of the chopped basil on top of the peppers.
  7. Roll up the wrap ending with the seam side down.
  8. Cut on a diagonal in half and repeat with the other roll ups.
  • Category: appetizers
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American




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18 Responses
  1. Abby

    Oh em gee. I had to stop and look at this recipe from Pinterest. Those are my favorite subs as well, and I agree it has to be just right. While I also loooooove bread and butter I will definitely give these a try!!

  2. Lori J Chapman

    I rolled these up in a piece of parchment paper, kinda like rolling sushi, and then sliced them. Made it so nice for my guests to pick up. I used the arugula instead of basil, how much did I love that crunchy peppery addition? Thanks for a great recipe.

  3. Teri J

    These were very good and a big hit at the super bowl party. However, when I make them next, I will use a flavored cream cheese instead of the ricotta because I did not like the texture. A couple people agreed with me.

  4. JoAnn

    Love this idea, Will try with garlic cream cheese spread and spinach as change up ingredients 1st and then may try the muffuletta mix (pickled olives and veggies) in the middle another time-messier but oh so tasty.

  5. Kara Wade

    I’ll be making these again today for the second time. They are delicious and easy to prepare. I used Boursin cheese (room temp so it’s easy to spread) instead of ricotta. That is the only ingredient I changed. Fantasia appetizer!

  6. Megan Galgano

    I followed the directions (except used cream cheese instead of ricotta). I had the deli slice the meats and cheese “very thin” which is just above their shaved setting. This made it easy to roll. I also recommend really squeeze drying the peppers in a paper towel before adding so they aren’t slippery. Next time, I will lay the ingredients out on plastic wrap, roll, and refrigerate before cutting. I’m guessing the slices would look more consistent in shape. I served half on a gluten free cracker for some crunch and half just as the recipe calls for.

  7. Debbie

    I made these and at the time of making them, I questioned the ricotta cheese. It was too wet for the roll up and I would not use it next time. I did however like all the flavors of the other ingredients.

    1. Dan

      They are best if made and served right away. Using regular or full fat ricotta cheese also makes a difference, it has less liquid than other kinds. But you’re right, they are also good without it!

  8. Ann

    I read all the reviews before I made these for my daughter’s birthday party. I was worried about the ricotta cheese and I was worried about rolling them. I decided to go with the recipe exactly how it was with absolutely no changes. I did pat the peppers some to remove excess moisture. They were easy to make, and were absolutely delicious. I made them a day ahead and separated layers with parchment paper. They were not soggy. Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely make them again.

  9. CindyN

    I made these and placed a small bowl of Italian dressing to dip in and that just added so much! It was a big hit.

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