Authentic Italian Sausage and Peppers

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Authentic Italian sausage and peppers is the perfect meal for a weeknight dinner. It’s a comfort food that’s extremely flavorful, finished in under 30 minutes, and has easy cleanup (it’s only one pan!)

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Italian Food = Ultimate Comfort Food

The Italian cuisine is the definition of comfort food. Savory sauces, flavorful meats, fresh vegetables, and delicious pastas or potatoes make up the foundation of most Italian meals.

And they are so hard to pass up!

There are limitless combinations of these four items to create extraordinary Italian meals in your own home:

  1. sauce
  2. meat or protein
  3. vegetables
  4. starch: pasta, potatoes
italian sausage and peppers

The perfect Combo for authentic Italian sausage and peppers

Authentic Italian sausage and peppers consists of:

  1. tomato sauce
  2. Italian sausage
  3. peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic
  4. whichever starch you would like!

Sausage and peppers can be served on bread as a sandwich, over pasta, or with a side of potatoes! The choice is yours.

(My preference is pasta 😉 )

How to: cook italian sausage

grill party, grill, sommerfest

If you’re fortunate enough to grill, I would recommend grilling the italian sausage for utmost flavor. If remaining indoors, heat a pan over medium heat. I would recommend against using any added oil or butter because the sausages will release lots of grease.

Brown the sausages, about 2 minutes on each side. Set aside.

They will not be fully cooked and will continue cooking later in the dish

how to: prepare the vegetables

green bell pepper

Slice thinly a variety of peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Dice garlic.

Find a can of diced tomatoes or chop fresh tomatoes if using.

how to: cook the vegetables

Begin adding the vegetables to the pan from most-dense to least-dense, allowing a few minutes of cooking time after each addition. This should equal roughly 10 minutes of cooking time.

Onions > peppers > mushrooms & garlic at the end

Season the vegetables with Italian seasoning and toss well.

italian sausage and peppers vegetables

Add the tomatoes and a splash of chicken broth.

how to: incorporate the italian sausage

Bring the heat down to a low simmer.

italian sausage and peppers
The Italian sausage is tucked away under the veggies.

Return the Italian sausage to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated.

A one pan meal in under 30 minutes!

italian sausage and peppers

Authentic Sausage and Peppers

This easy, one-pan meal can have dinner on your table in 30 minutes. Enjoy delicious Italian sausage and peppers in an amazing tomato sauce base.
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian, peppers, sausage


  • 2 spicy Italian sausage links
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 4-5 mushrooms sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 3 tbsp Italian seasoning equal parts basil, oregano, thyme/rosemary
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes (4-5 fresh tomatoes chopped)
  • 1-2 tbsp chicken broth


  • Brown the Italian sausage over medium heat, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan.
  • Add onions and cook for 3-4 minutes, adding olive oil if needed. Add bell peppers and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms and cook for an additional 2 minutes, a total of about 10 minutes of cooking time for the vegetables.
  • Seasoning the vegetables with Italian seasoning. Toss well.
  • Add the tomatoes and chicken broth. Stir well.
  • Return the Italian sausage to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Serve with pasta, potatoes, or on bread!
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  • Sauce: Swap out the tomatoes for a cream sauce or lighter broth/wine sauce.
  • Protein: The Italian sausage used can be sweet or spicy, whichever your preference. Cubed chicken or steak would taste great in this meal as substitutions. If you’re not a fan of the sausage casing, remove the casing and only use the ground sausage.
  • Vegetables: Most vegetables would probably work well in this dish, such as any pepper variety, zucchini, squash, carrots, and asparagus.

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What are you favorite recipes using Italian sausage? I love the spicy sausage and am always looking for more! Share your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

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27 thoughts on “Authentic Italian Sausage and Peppers”

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  2. David Williams

    5 stars
    Only thing I did differently was that I used diced tomatoes with green chiles because I bought the wrong one. It made it a little spicy but was delicious.!

  3. 5 stars
    This is a phenomenal recipe! My husband loves Italian sausage, but the meal often becomes less exciting without any vegetables or additional flavoring. I like the idea of peppers and mushrooms (I’m highly allergic to onion) and serving it over pasta. Great idea! So yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    Actually, this is perfect timing and I would swap out the pasta for bread rolls – Italian sausage hot dogs are going to be perfect for Hallowe’en, thank you! x

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