Italian Sausage and Peppers

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Italian Sausage and Peppers


This simple and delicious Italian Sausage and Peppers recipe is a breeze to whip up for a family meal. It’s a classic meal that never gets old. Serve it over rice or pasta or stuff it into hoagie rolls for a filling dinner the whole family will enjoy.

Flavorful chunks of Italian sausage are combined with diced tomatoes, garlic, oregano, basil, lots of red and green bell pepper and onion. It’s a comforting meal but light enough to be enjoyed on a warm summer day.

Italian Sausage and Peppers


For this Italian Sausage and Peppers recipe I used Johnsonville Natural Italian Sausage. Johnsonville Naturals is a new product line that not only includes Italian Sausage, but 3 flavors of bratwurst too: White Cheddar, Jalapeno Cheddar, and Andouille.

Johnsonville Natural Sausage


They are perfect for lightening up your summer meals.

Italian Sausage and Peppers


Johnsonville Naturals have the great taste you know and love Johnsonville Sausage for, but with a short ingredient list. They have no MSG added, zero grams trans fat, no fillers, and are gluten free.

Italian Sausage and Peppers


Not only is this a meal you can feel good about serving your family, but it can be made start to finish in under 30 minutes, making it great for those busy summer days when you glance at the clock and realize it is 5 pm and you haven’t even thought about dinner yet.

Italian Sausage and Peppers

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Italian Sausage and Peppers

Italian Sausage and Peppers

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Flavorful chunks of Italian sausage are combined with diced tomatoes, garlic, oregano, basil, lots of red and green bell pepper and onion for an easy weeknight meal. 
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  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 1 package Johnsonville Naturals Mild Italian Sausage
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Add vegetable oil to a large pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add sausages and cook until browned on all sides. Remove sausage from pan and set aside (Note: You do not need to cook it through at this point.)
  • Add onion and peppers to grease left in pan and cook over medium heat until softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Slice sausage into 1 to 1 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Return sausage to pan along with all other ingredients.
  • Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until sausage is cooked through and sauce is thickened.
  • Serve on hoagie rolls if desired.


Calories: 359kcal


120 thoughts on “Italian Sausage and Peppers

  1. I thought this was the best meal that I had in a long time. But I think the left overs were even better. Pure comfort food!!

  2. I made this recipe as written. Simple ingredients, but so much flavor. I served it on a hoagie with mozzarella on top. My husband loved it. I will definitely be making it again.

  3. Grew up eating Italian Sausage Sandwiches in very Italian communities in PA. So good! This was very close to those memories ! Love. Had this in a baguette. perfect!

  4. Made this tonight for my husband and myself, delicious! Great flavor! I used spicy Italian sausage and it was just the right kick. This was pretty simple to fix. We had it on hoagie rolls. Next time I may top with little mozzarella!

  5. I’ve made this a few times and always follow the recipe exactly, except I use Johnsonville sweet Italian sausage. It is amazing!!! I serve it on fresh hoagie rolls from our local bakery. Delicious!

  6. Had some leftover sweet and hot italian sausages in the freezer. Googled recipes using italian sausage and your recipe came up. It’s delicious and definitely a keeper! Thanks for the idea and for sharing the recipe!

  7. Made this recipe tonight. It was absolutely delicious! I followed the directions exactly & I wouldn’t change anything. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

  8. Growing up eating Sausage & Peppers you don’t think about all those who don’t … and LIVE A LITTE, find yourself a Butcher Shop or even a Whole Foods or Mariano’s which has really good Italian Sausage, Mild, Spicy, Sweet …

  9. This recipe has consistently been great every time I’ve made it! Of course everyone’s going to add their own unique style to it and in my opinion, that’s what makes it so fantastic. You can switch out the type of sausage you use (we use Brawts), the color of peppers, add more tomato paste and it still turns out soooo tasty. It’s so easy to follow that I’m sending my 20 year old son the recipe, who told me he was sick of pasta…and that their has to be something else he can make that’s, “easy.” Thanks so much for posting this!

  10. Instead of using tomato paste and chopped tomato, I used leftover homemade meat sauce I froze from a lasagna I made on Christmas Eve.

  11. Excellent recipe. I didn’t have tomatoes or paste but instead I used a 15 oz can of Cento pizza sauce I had in the pantry. Instead of serving on a grinder roll I had a 1/2 lb of Ditalini pasta left over from another time. Makes the perfect bowl of comfort food! YUMMMMM!!!

  12. I made some adjustments to suit our family. I used hot links from my grocery store rather than Johnsonville and omitted the tomato paste. Added a bit of cayenne pepper for an extra kick and a small amount of sugar to my sauce as I do with all tomato recipies to kill the tartness. Also kept the links whole for hoagies. Added some provolone on top at the end. I thought it came out wonderful. I had the tomato paste on hand and intended to use it but the sauce looked and smelled lovely before I added it so figured no need. Wonderful meal!

    1. I will never understand why people rate a recipe when they have altered it so much it doesn’t even resemble the original recipe they are reviewing. This is one of my favorite meals, the flavors of the peppers and onions with the Italian Sausage is devine.

  13. So easy and super delish. Next time I make this I will serve with plain noodles and substitute hot links instead of mild for an extra kick. My family loved this. It will be put on my monthly recipe rotations.

  14. Substitute the Johnsonville with a real sweet Italian sausage from your local butcher or Italian shop. The difference is mind blowing!

    1. Have been making sausage and peppers for 50 years. Tried this recipe a few months ago. Deeelicious… can’t get enough of it!!!Have only changed 2 things.. used red peppers and left sausages whole for hoagies.

  15. Simple, easy and super delicious. I used some marinara sauce instead of diced tomato/herbs. Served in a hogie, topped with swiss cheese and broiled to melt. Perfection. My onion/pepper hating husband loved it.

  16. This is exactly the recipe I was looking for. OMG. Amazing. I used crushed tomatoes (all I had) and glad I did. Made an amazing sauce. I don’t know if the color of peppers makes a difference but I only had red, orange and yellow so that’s what I used.

  17. This recipe is so good! I make it with chicken sausage and use it for my lunch meal preps. Goes great with a little white rice. I actually look forward to lunch all week long when I do this recipe. It holds up all week and on weight watchers, its only 7 points! 4 if you leave out the rice!

  18. I loved this recipe! Super easy and super tasty. I followed the recipe exactly until the end I covered the sausage and peppers so the sausage would cook through faster.

  19. Delish…I’ve made this several times already. Since I serve this over rice instead of on rolls, I add 1 cup of homemade chicken broth for a bit more liquid…so good

  20. The only change I would make is to the instructions. After browning the sausage, I’d add a pinch or two of salt to the peppers and onions to help them soften. After softening I would add the tomato paste to cook the rawness out of it for a minute, then add the other spices, then add the diced tomatoes to sort of deglaze the pan. Nice easy recipe and a great dish overall.

  21. Exactly the recipe I was looking for! Best Sausage and Peppers recipe. I made 2 batches, hot and sweet. Both came out deliciously.

  22. This recipe is the best sausage and peppers recipe I have found. You can use different sausages (obviously), and adjust the seasonings to your tastes, but this is a terrific base recipe, thank you so much!

    PS I added extra diced tomatoes in the morning to the leftovers and made shaksouka.. just heat until bubbling and add an egg or three to cook in the juices.. YUM!

    1. Allrecipes has a chart that can help you cook for that many people. It will tell you how much you’ll need. thank you

      1. Wish I cold read Raul’s reply. Looks like he is going to give quantities for the recipe for 100. The recipe and comments keep jumping around all over and Raul’s reply won’t open.

  23. You did not mention when to add spices/herbs and tomato products.
    PS… I use veg sausage and,or tofu. Very good.

  24. Can I double this recipe without making any adjustments? It sounds delicious but i need more for a party!

  25. I made this for the fourth of july!! It came out delicious.! Tasted just like the Jersey Shore! This recipe is definitely a keeper!!!

  26. VEGETABLE OIL & Johnsonville Sausage?????? NO WAY!

    You gotta use EVOO & authentic Homemade Italian Sausage FAGETABOUT IT

  27. Love this recipe. Made it this past Christmas, for a family party, it was a favorite. Any advice on making it ahead of time? I want to do a couple trays of this for a graduation party and I’m trying to come up with the best way to manage my time with food prep. Any helpful comments are appreciated

    1. Kim…I’m catering this item for a grad party. There isn’t one ingredient that can’t be prepared ahead. This dish only gets better the next day as flavors develop.

    2. Do not freeze this !!
      The peppers will fill with water and come out like mush! Everything can be cut up and stored in the fridge until cook time . Also you can Brown the sausage and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350 until done.

  28. I just wanted to let you know that Pinterest has blocked this link because it “may lead to inappropriate content”. I was able to find the recipe by going to your website, but thought you would want to know.

  29. Crock pot time for this? I’d like to put it in either at 8am before work or at 12pm when I’m on my lunch for it to be done at 4:30-5 when I’m done work. Can anyone give me tips?

  30. Such a simple yet delicious recipe! Only addition was some mushrooms to bulk it up a bit, bacause we ate it with green salad. A winner! Thank you.

    1. I lighty toasted the roll with provolone cheese . Served on a crunch roll was a great dish. Friends loved it. I will make this again and again.

    2. I make this in an oven or slow cooker. I braise the sausage and onions then turn on 200 degrees for 2-3 hours. It is great. And I serve over pasta with mozzarella. family fav

  31. I made this tonight and it was GREAT! Didn’t have tomato paste but didn’t miss it. I added parmesan cheese. Will definitely make again.

  32. Has anyone made this using fresh tomatoes instead of the canned diced? We really love this recipe as is, but curious about how it would be with fresh tomatoes…

    1. Liked your idea with the fresh tomatoes, so made it today. If you do it, the thing lacking in fresh tomatoes, is the water/juices, so add about 3/4 – 1 cup of water to compensate, and add the moisture needed for simmering. It turned out amazing this way.

  33. Oops forgot to mention that we have it with mashed potatoes instead of on a bun. Mouth is watering with the smells coming from the kitchen.

  34. We really liked this dish so I’m in the middle of making it again for tonight’s dinner. Only difference I use homemade hot Italian sausages from the butcher. This is absolutely delicious. Thank you for posting such great recipes.

  35. Trying this tonight. Instructions do not indicate if the can of tomatoes should be drained, or not??

  36. Thanks for your post! Through your pen I found the problem up interesting! I believe there are many other people who are interested in them just like me! Thanks your shared!… I hope you will continue to have similar posts to share with everyone! I believe a lot of people will be surprised to read this article!

      1. I want to make this but accidentally bought bratwurst instead. Will this work? And is it just as good? Someone at work made it and I loved it. But I think they had the Italian sausage.

          1. With bratwurst, just sautéed the onions and peppers . Use green bell or hot peppers.Don’t use any sauce, just cover the sandwich with provolone
            Same sandwich is $6.00 at carnivals.

  37. All I have to say is WOW!!! This was amazing! I will continue to make. I used all red bell peppers , Italian seasoning, and penne pasta. I will double the recipe next time.

  38. Great recipe I live in Canada and I cook Italian dishes often. I am also of Ukranian, Irish and Canadian heritage. I love cooking the pinterest world of recipes as there are so many sites with people who have a great passion for food. There all amazing cooks. I like to put this yummy recipe over spaghetti squash. Moe

  39. Great recipe ! looking forward to making this. Just wondering how this would be in a crockpot. Any ideas ? Thanks for your time !

    1. Yes, it can definitely be made in the crock pot. I would brown the sausages first in a pan. Then add all ingredients to the crockpot and cook until the sausage is cooked through. Not exactly sure on the time.

  40. FANTASTIC!!! Have made it a couple times now – as a Canadian, this isn’t a normal recipe we would think of (like chicken and waffles?!?!?!) but EVER SO HAPPY to have found this! DELICIOUS!!!! Thank you!

  41. Can I make this ahead of time and freeze? Sorry, I’ve never actually frozen a prepared meal before ? but am feeding a crowd and looking for recipes I can make in advance. 🙂 Thanks for your time!

  42. Great taste sensation! My husband and I both really enjoyed it over fettuccini! Thank you for the recipe! It will be in our weekly favourites, for sure!

  43. I have been making sausage and peppers for years. However, I really liked adding the garlic, herbs, tomato paste and tomatoes and making a nice sauce. I served this with Italian bread, but next time pasta, rice or anything. Great recipe. It’s a keeper

  44. I love this dish. I added my own spin to it. This is my second time making this dish and let me tell you it is worth it. It is easy, simple, delicious and something different out of the everyday meals. I already added this meal to my list of loves…You should so the same.??? #YUMMYFORYOURTUMMY

  45. My recipe: Sausages (sometimes sliced or quartered) sliced peppers (green and red) sliced onion can of diced tomatoes couple spoonfuls of tomato paste garlic cloves seasoning- basil, garlic powder, onion powder, etc

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