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    Italian Sausage and Peppers Recipe

    Published October 14, 2022. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    This easy-to-make Italian Sausage and Peppers recipe comes together in under 30 minutes and is jam-packed with onions and mushrooms in a marsala sauce. You will love this few-ingredient dish that the entire family will enjoy.

    While I enjoy eating this sausage and peppers alone, I prefer to serve it over top of my Polenta Recipe or Creamy Risotto for the ultimate Italian meal.

    sausage with peppers on polenta

    Sausage and Peppers

    Sausage and Peppers is a classic American-Italian dish consisting of Italian sausage cooked with peppers and onions. It is said to have gained popularity at Italian street festivals in the 1920s for the Feast of San Gennaro.

    While there is no original precedent for the exact ingredients in this dish, it has since been altered by all who make it. Nowadays, you will see the sausage and peppers cooked in a red sauce or in a brown sauce, which is what I did. Ingredients such as garlic or mushrooms can be added to the dish as well. It is a fantastic recipe if you are looking for something quick and delicious to serve or need to feed a lot of people at one time.  

    Ingredients You’ll need

    sausage and peppers ingredients
    • Sausage – You can use sweet or hot Italian Sausage in this dish, just as long as they are links.
    • Peppers – I like to use a combination of red, yellow, and green bell peppers. However, you can use just one of these colors of peppers if you make it.
    • Onions – You can use red, yellow, white, or sweet onion.
    • Mushrooms – I believe the addition of mushrooms helps to enhance this recipe. I recommend using cremini, button, or portabella mushrooms.
    • Marsala – Any good marsala wine will work for this dish.
    • Beef Stock – Use a good beef stock when making this dish as it will season up the vegetables and the sausage when braising.
    • Oil – You will need olive oil to sear the sausage and sauté the vegetables

    How to Make Sausage and Peppers

    Add the olive oil to a large rondeau or frying pan over medium-high heat and sear the sausage on all sides until golden brown. These do not have to be cooked through.

    searing italian sausages

    Set the sausage to the side on a plate and add the onions to the pan sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.

    caramelizing onions

    Add in the mushrooms and continue to sauté for 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned and tender. See chef notes below.

    cooking mushrooms

    Stir in the peppers and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned.

    searing bell peppers

    Mix in the garlic just until fragrant.

    adding garlic to a pan of mushrooms and peppers

    Deglaze with the marsala wine and cook until it is almost gone, or au sec.

    deglazing with marsala wine

    Pour the beef stock and cook for 5 to 6 minutes to infuse and concentrate the flavor.

    adding seasonings to a pepper gravy

    Season the liquid with salt and pepper and add back in the seared sausage and cook until the sausage is warmed up and cooked throughout, which takes about 4 to 5 minutes.

    adding sausage to a pan

    Serve the sausage and peppers over some polenta or risotto and garnish with parmesan cheese and optional chopped fresh parsley.

    shredding parmesan onto sausages

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 30 minutes ahead of time. If you are pinched for time, make it 1 day ahead of time, cool it, and then store it until ready to reheat and serve it. If you do this, the vegetables will soften up quite a bit.

    How to Store: Cover this and keep it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. This will freeze well if you cover it and keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for 1 day before reheating and serving.

    How to Reheat: Add the desired amount of sausage and peppers to a medium-sized saucepan and cook over low to medium heat until hot.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    Chef Notes + Tips

    • If you do not drink wine, just skip the deglazing with marsala and go straight to adding in the beef stock.
    • When sauteing the mushrooms, the pan may begin to get brown on the bottom from cooking the Italian sausage. If this happens, just add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to help release that fond so as not to burn.
    • Remove the pan from the burner or turn the burner off when deglazing with the marsala wine. This will ensure the pan does not catch on fire, especially if you are nervous about that. Be sure to turn the burner back on if you turned it off.

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    Italian Sausage and Peppers Recipe

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    This Italian Sausage and Peppers recipe comes together in under 30 minutes and is jam-packed with onions and mushrooms in a marsala sauce.
    Servings: 8
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 8 Italian Sausage Links
    • ½ peeled and julienne red onion
    • 3 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
    • 1 seeded and julienne red bell pepper
    • 1 seeded and julienne yellow bell pepper
    • 1 seeded and julienne green bell pepper
    • 2 finely minced cloves of garlic
    • 2/3 cup marsala wine
    • 4 cups good beef stock
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • parmesan cheese for garnish

    Instructions

    • Add the olive oil to a large rondeau or frying pan over medium-high heat and sear the sausage on all sides until golden brown. These do not have to be cooked through.
    • Set the sausage to the side on a plate and add the onions to the pan sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
    • Add in the mushrooms and continue to sauté for 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned and tender. See notes below.
    • Stir in the peppers and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned.
    • Mix in the garlic just until fragrant, which takes about 1 minute.
    • Deglaze with the marsala wine and cook until it is almost gone, or au sec.
    • Pour in the beef stock and cook for 5 to 6 minutes to infuse and concentrate the flavor.
    • Season the liquid with salt and pepper and add back in the seared sausage and cook until the sausage is warmed up and cooked throughout, which takes about 4 to 5 minutes.
    • Serve the sausage and peppers over some polenta or risotto and garnish with parmesan cheese and optional chopped fresh parsley.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 30 minutes ahead of time. If you are pinched for time, make it 1 day ahead of time, cool it, and then store it until ready to reheat and serve it. If you do this, the vegetables will soften up quite a bit.
    How to Store: Cover this and keep it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. This will freeze well if you cover it and keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for 1 day before reheating and serving.
    How to Reheat: Add the desired amount of sausage and peppers to a medium-sized saucepan and cook over low to medium heat until hot.
    If you do not drink wine, just skip the deglazing with marsala and go straight to adding in the beef stock.
    When sauteing the mushrooms, the pan may begin to get brown on the bottom from cooking the Italian sausage. If this happens, just add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to help release that fond so as not to burn.
    Remove the pan from the burner or turn the burner off when deglazing with the marsala wine. This will ensure the pan does not catch on fire, especially if you are nervous about that. Be sure to turn the burner back on if you turned it off.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 502kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 20gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 1062mgPotassium: 747mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 551IUVitamin C: 61mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American, Italian