Easy Sausage and Peppers Recipe

Easy Sausage and Peppers Recipe is the ultmate Italian comfort food ~ the whole family loves it! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Nobody does comfort food like the Italians, and this easy sausage and peppers recipe is a prime example of how a few simple ingredients can come together to make a sublimely satisfying meal in about an hour.

Easy Sausage and Peppers Recipe is the ultmate Italian comfort food ~ the whole family loves it! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Growing up in the ‘burbs’ of NYC I ate my fair share of sausage and peppers…on pasta, over polenta, in crusty bread, or all by themselves.  I still crave them today.  For this blast from the past recipe I use spicy Italian sausage, so the heat of the meat combines with the sweetness of the onions and peppers, and when you add in the tang of the tomato sauce it makes for one glorious meal.  If you get authentic Italian sausage you’ll likely get little bursts of fennel seed in there as well.  So.  Good.

TIP: Bell peppers come in lots of colors and yes, there is a difference!  Green peppers are slightly bitter, but in a good way.  Orange, yellow and red peppers are more sweet.  I like to mix them to get a little of each type of flavor in the dish.  Red peppers have the most vitamins and nutrients of all the bell peppers, so don’t skip them!

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This easy sausage and peppers recipe is a one skillet dinner that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Buy a package of Italian sausage, sweet or hot, it’s your call.  Swing by the produce section and bag a few colorful bell peppers and an onion.  Choose a jar of tomato sauce from the cupboard and grab your heftiest skillet.  Brown the sausage, slice your onions and peppers nice and chunky, and fry them up.  Add the tomato sauce and some dried herbs, cover the skillet and pop it in the oven.  From start to finish it takes about an hour, and most of that time is hands off.

TIP: I used my Microwave Dried Herbs in this dish and they were fabulous…that technique has proved to be such a great idea.  The microwave preserves flavor AND color, and it’s so convenient I’m using dried herbs a lot more often now.

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This is the kind of meal that causes dinnertime stampedes, so be forewarned.

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TIP: There are so many ways to serve sausage and peppers — you can go the traditional route over pasta and polenta, or in a sandwich, but you can also use rice, mashed potatoes, or a more unusual grain like farro or chewy wheat berries as a base.  I’ve even had this over lentils.

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Easy Sausage and Peppers Recipe

Yield: serves 4 hungry people

Easy Sausage and Peppers Recipe

Ingredients

    sausage and peppers
  • 1 package uncooked Italian sausage, hot or mild (5 or 6)
  • olive oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 3 large colorful bell peppers, halved and sliced
  • 1 large jar (about 23 ounces) tomato or pasta sauce
  • 1 Tbsp mixed dried Italian herbs, i.e. thyme, basil, sage, marjoram, oregano, etc.
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
    polenta
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste
    garnish
  • shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Brush the sausages with a little olive oil, and poke them in a few places with the tip of a sharp knife. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and brown the sausages for about 3 minutes on each side. Alternatively you can use a grill pan if you want nice grill marks on your sausage like I did. Set the sausages aside on a plate.
  3. Add a little more olive oil to the skillet along with the onions. Saute, stirring often, for a few minutes, then add the peppers. Stir fry for a few minutes until the peppers have softened but are still firm.
  4. Add the jar of tomato sauce, plus a good amount of the mixed dried herbs, at least a tablespoon. Season with salt and pepper, and give everything a good stir. Add the sausages back into the pan, nestling them down into the sauce. Bring the pan up to a simmer.
  5. Cover the skillet and bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling throughout and the sausages are cooked through.
  6. Make the polenta during the last 10 minutes of cooking time. Heat the water and salt to a boil in a saucepan and sprinkle in the cornmeal, while whisking. Cook, stirring or whisking constantly, for about 5 minutes. Be careful, the polenta will sputter, so turn the heat down.
  7. Stir in the butter, cheese, and black pepper, mix well, and spoon into serving bowls or plates. Top with the sausage and peppers. Garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. I guarantee you won't hear any complaints ;)

notes:

  • Cooked sausage has its uses, but not in this dish.  Start with raw Italian sausage.
  • Don’t saute the peppers to death, you’ll lose color and texture.  Remember they will bake for 45 minutes in the oven, so just give them a light stir fry on the stove.
  • You can cook this entirely on the stove top if you prefer.

 

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Karly
    September 12, 2016 at 8:25 am

    This is so pretty and looks so delicious. So yeah, pretty delicious. I know my whole fam will totally love this, too! Can’t wait to try it out!

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    Susan
    September 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Oh, YUM!!! This sounds wonderful, so I’ll definitely be trying it. Maybe next week when I get back to cooking… (on our drive home from the east coast my husband challenged me to let him do the cooking this week, while I do the cleanup, and I accepted – after two meals I’m loving it).

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    September 6, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    This is comfort food at its best! Love all those gorgeous peppers!

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    September 6, 2016 at 11:49 am

    So I saw this dish and said to myself, “I’m finally ready for Fall’, lol. I’ve been fighting the end of summer but when I see glorious comfort food like this, I say ‘bring it on’!
    I love all peppers except green….they’re not allowed in my fridge :) Absolutely fabulous, Sue. Sharing :)

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    cheri
    September 6, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Sausage and peppers is one of my husband’s favorite dishes, love that you used the spicy sausage here. It is raining today so this looks like the perfect dish for tonight. Thanks Sue!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    September 6, 2016 at 6:46 am

    This dish has my husband’s name all over it! He is always up for sausage and with those peppers, it’s pretty much his dream dish :)

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    Celia
    September 6, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Hi Sue!
    I’ve been meaning to write you for some time just to let you know how much I enjoy your work. When I see your name pop up in my emails it is like a little prize that I know I will like. I am “almost” retired and southern and I truly appreciate all you do. Thank you for being you. Celia

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      Sue
      September 6, 2016 at 5:59 am

      That’s is so sweet Celia, and the best way to start my morning :) I’m looking forward to a fantastic fall here at tvfgi, glad to have you with me.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    September 5, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Beautiful combination of colors and flavors Sue! Love this dish and love the you can serve it so many ways. On a bun sounds pretty great!

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    September 5, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    My family loves sheet pan sausage and peppers but I’ve never served it over polenta. Thanks for a new weeknight idea!

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    Ellen
    September 5, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Sausage and Peppers bring back happy memories of the St. Joseph’s Day celebrations on “The Hill” in Providence, R.I. It was served in a crusty Italian roll. Great food, except for the time I ate it and promptly went into labor in the midst of the parade! Still love it anyway! Your recipe looks easy and yummy. It’s been many years since I’ve had some and this seems a good time to revisit those flavors. Thank-you!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 5, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Oh wow, that’s quite a sausage and peppers memory!

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    Rosemary Wolbert | Sprigs of Rosemary
    September 5, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Mr. Rosemary thinks sausge is its own food group and he could have several servings a day! And I’m the Italian one!!! Susage and peppers is a favorite in this house. He could have it without pasta – not me!

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      Sue
      September 5, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Hope Mr. R likes these :)

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    Marilyn
    September 5, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I love the combination of flavors!! This meal is perfect to make on weekdays!!

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    September 5, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Now this is what I call comfort food. I want to pile it on top of some mashed potatoes.

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 5, 2016 at 11:35 am

      I love it on mashed potatoes!!

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    Raia
    September 5, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Looks so colorful and delicious! I love sausage and peppers together, but I’ve never tried them with polenta. I don’t think I’ve ever even made polenta… Might have to give it a try, now!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 5, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Polenta is sooo easy, Raia, and it’s the perfect base for this dish.

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    Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction
    September 5, 2016 at 8:32 am

    This sausage meal looks incredibly tasty! Wishing I was having it for dinner today!

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    April J Harris
    September 5, 2016 at 8:32 am

    What a gorgeous, colourful dish! We are big fans of bell peppers in our house and this is such a lovely recipe to use them in. Love the herbs and spices you have used as well. This is definitely fall comfort food!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

      The colors are a nice change from the original (all green peppers) that I grew up with, April. Hope you give this one a try!

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    Amy
    September 5, 2016 at 7:12 am

    This is one of my all-time favorite meals!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 5, 2016 at 7:15 am

      It’s hard to beat!

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    Chris Scheuer
    September 5, 2016 at 4:36 am

    I haven’t had breakfast yet you’ve got me craving sausage and peppers. Love the multi-colored peppers in here, so pretty!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 5, 2016 at 6:28 am

      Thanks Chris <3

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    September 5, 2016 at 3:19 am

    I have never made anything like this…it looks awesomely delicious!

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