How to Make Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions Recipe

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Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions Recipe

Here’s an easy Italian sausage, peppers and onions recipe that comes in handy to know due to the fact it’s so easy and quick to make.  It makes a great accompaniment to larger meals such as a pasta bake, lasagna, or even with eggplant cutlets (one of my favorite recipes)! 

This recipe will certainly satisfy any meat eater, and since the meat cooks with the onions and peppers, all the flavors mix together and it tastes (and smells) amazing!

Sausage and Pepper Substitutions/Alternatives

Green peppers, sausage, onion, and olive oil are all you need.  But you can make some substitutions if you’d like. For example, you can use both green and red peppers.   Many people like the sweetness red peppers have.   

You can also opt out of pork sausage. 

If you are concerned with using pork sausage, I can relate.  Although I love the taste of regular sausage, that doesn’t change the fact that it is really hard on the digestive system and loaded with saturated fat.

So what I’ve done in the past is make a simple variation/substitution which is slightly healthier by using chicken sausage or turkey sausage.  However, make sure to still go with organic brands to avoid the unnecessary use of chemicals, nitrates and the like.

Regardless, this recipe holds its own with its easy preparation, simple ingredients, and quick cooking. 

 The steps are below for you to follow.  I grew up with my mother making this recipe and there were never any leftovers!  I’ll bet it will be the same with you!

5 from 10 votes

Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions and Recipe

Here's one of our Italian family recipes for sausage, peppers and onions. It's so easy to make and is great for parties, side dishes, and holidays. Goes great with pasta and has lots of flavor!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword sausage, peppers, onions
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 2-3 green peppers chopped
  • 1 package sausage depends on how much you want to make
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped in large chunks


  1. Wash peppers thoroughly
  2. Cut peppers in strips
  3. Fry in olive oil 5 - 10 minutes
  4. Add onion
  5. Remove peppers
  6. Add sausage and fry until brown and cooked through

  7. Mix everything together in baking pan
  8. Bake 375 for 10 minutes

Recipe Notes

Tip: This is a great recipe for cookouts and picnics. It is magnifico!

How to Make Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions Recipe


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  1. I’m going to make these as an appetizer with 1/2 strips of peppers and onions and serve for my church’s Super Bowl party sunday

  2. 5 stars
    I added mushrooms and 1/4 of Rao’s spaghetti sauce before putting it in the oven. Served with avocado salad and cauliflower rice. Delicious. Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    I made it today i substituted tomato paste for tomato sauce and reduce the broth amount excellent .

  4. I know this may sound strange, but my Italian Mom always added a little ketchup instead of sauce. It made it a little sweeter. It tasted amazingly good.

  5. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I made it for a Sunday dinner, no sauce or pasta but with rice, collards and cabbage. Cornbread probably would have been a nice addition too.

  6. 5 stars
    I add some garlic and Italian herbs – 1 or 2 tsp of a dried blend if I don’t have fresh on hand – and serve it over polenta, topped with a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan. One of my family’s favorite meals!

    Will definitely try it with chicken or turkey sausage, and some of the other suggestions, which all sound wonderful.

  7. 5 stars
    I made it today and it was so amazingly delicious! I added chopped garlic with the onions, and I added a little bit of wine with the bell peppers. I used Italian sweet sausage. Thank you so much both my husband and I loved it!!!

  8. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I cooked the sausage whole first with no oil. Then I cooked green red and yellow pepper strips and onion in a small amount of olive oil and added garlic. The peppers were still a bit firm when I took them out of the pan. I put the sausage and peppers and onions in a 9 x 13 pan with no additional olive oil but sprinkled fresh grated Parmesan cheese on top. Baked for 15 minutes at 375. Peppers were perfect. Soft but not mushy! Served with summer sides. Whole family loved it!