Sausage and pepper is a classic Italian favorite. There are many ways to make this beautiful dish but the easiest one is to sear all the ingredients in a pan. Serve this dish with pasta and your dinner will be finished within an hour with minimal preparation and clean up!
If you think comfort food can’t be healthy, you need to try this sausage and peppers recipe. The combination of simple pasta sauce, sweetness from the bell pepper and the juiceness from Italian sausage is kind of a classic but never-out-of-fashion mix that I love in Italian cuisine.
And the best part? It’s a one pan meal, so only one pan left to wash once you’re done. You can enjoy the dish with pasta as in our recipe or make it an easy add-on for rice, or your sandwich filler… you name it!
Now, here are a few things to know before we can kick off fall with today’s recipe.
How Do You Know If Sausages Are Done?
With thicker sausages it can sometimes be challenging to know when they are fully cooked. Generally, a medium link sausage would take about 15 – 20 minutes to cook in a frying pan. In order to cook the sausage evenly on both sides, you have to keep a close eye on it and turn them over frequently. Cooked sausages should have a nice, even, golden brown crust on the outside, and a paler color on the inside (but not pink). When you cut into the sausages, you should expect clear juice coming out of them. There should not be any pink juices or blood.
As for today’s recipe, we will be cooking them twice: first by frying and then by simmering with the sauce, so undercooked sausages shouldn’t be an issue.
That being said, having a probe thermometer around to check for internal temperature would be the best way to ensure food safety. The perfect temperature for a cooked sausage link should fall around 160 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Can Sausage And Peppers Be Frozen?
This recipe makes 4 servings but you can easily double it if you prefer and save the leftovers for another meal by simply freezing it. The easiest way to do this is to let your cooked dish cool down completely at room temperature, then freeze it in a freezer-safe food container or zip top freezer bag.
You can also freeze this sausage and peppers dish prior to cooking. First, divide the sausage, vegetables, and seasonings into different bags. Then you can throw everything in a hot pan whenever you are craving a hot and hearty dinner.
Whether this dish is frozen before or after cooking, it will last in your freezer for up to 2 months.
What Goes Well With Sausage and Peppers?
Normally, hot dog buns would be the perfect companions of sausages. However, they are not the healthiest choice, and not the friendliest option for many dieters. So here are some healthy alternatives to pair with sausage and peppers:
- Potatoes: we recommend simple smashed potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes. Both offer another level of flavor and texture that would work beautifully with the sausage and peppers.
- Salads: for a hearty recipe like sausage and peppers, we suggest adding a simple salad for some freshness. A healthy broccoli salad to add more vegetables, or a lovely fresh fruit salad for dessert, would be perfect to complete your meal.
- Pasta: the tomato sauce from sausage and peppers goes well with almost any pasta. However, we do recommend whole wheat pasta because it contains more fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, and other minerals, making it healthier than your regular pasta.
Of course, sausage and peppers is a filling dish and you could have it all on its own, but we love to have it with pasta which easily soaks up that tasty sauce to become an earthy, filling dish.
Sausage and Peppers Recipe
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 9 oz Italian sausage
- 2 oz onion chopped
- 1 tsp garlic chopped
- 8 oz bell pepper red, green, yellow, sliced
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 cup homemade tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 4 oz fettuccine pasta
- 1.5 oz shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp fresh basil
- 1 tbsp parsley
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente and drain. Set aside.
- Add olive oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the sausages and cook until they are browned on all sides. Transfer sausages to a cutting board and let them cool at room temperature. Slice them into 1 inch rings, and set aside.
- Add butter to the same skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Stir in onion and bell pepper. After the vegetables have softened, pour in tomato sauce and spices.
- Add in sausage. Stir and simmer for a few minutes. Then reduce the heat to low-medium heat. Add in cooked pasta and parmesan cheese, toss to bring everything together. Remove from heat.
- Top with parsley and fresh basil. Serve.
We wouldn’t recommend adding extra salt as the sausages can be very salty. Instead, simmering will draw out salt from the sausages and season the sauce. However, you should check the sauce for seasoning and adjust to your liking.