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Knowing how to cook this easy Italian sausage, peppers and onions recipe comes in handy due to the fact it’s so simple to prepare. This Italian recipe makes a great accompaniment to larger meals such as a pasta bake, lasagna, or even with eggplant cutlets (one of my favorite recipes)!
It can also be a main meal with its own side dishes.
This recipe is a classic that we still use in our family today, and it will certainly satisfy any meat lover. I know you’ll love it! It’s one of those dishes that smells so delicious as it cooks the sausage, onions and peppers all together.
What’s in an Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions Recipe?
Everything for this recipe can be bought at a store. It only takes 45 minutes from start to finish with most of the time being in the oven cooking. Here are the three main ingredients below, but there are many variations – just check out my reader’s comments!
Italian sausage can be bought in a variety of flavors. You typically have the option of sweet Italian sausage or regular Italian sausage. Either one is fine to choose so don’t fret if you’re wondering which one is best, they both are winners.
The recipe I grew up with uses mostly regular green peppers. You can add in yellow, orange or red, but keep in mind these peppers are sweeter than green peppers. The green peppers compliment the sausage best in my opinion, but adding a some extra other peppers can help with variety and certainly add a nice splash of color in the presentation! My recommendation is simply to have more green peppers than others.
In the end, it’s totally up to you. Some people don’t like green peppers at all, in which case don’t use it. This recipe is so flexible as you’ll see in the many comments below as people share their own variations.
Nothing earth-shattering here with the onions, just basic yellow onions. If you try vidalia onions, they will be sweet which some people love. I prefer the yellow onions personally as I think it blends with the peppers and sausage best for my tastes.
How to Cook Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions
My family recipe has a step that some people like to skip, and that’s frying the sausage, peppers and onions on a stove prior to cooking them in the oven.
You can jump straight to my recipe steps here if you’re all ready to get started. If you prefer to skip the frying, make sure to read the next section since the cooking requirements will change.
In a nutshell, following my initial recipe which includes frying, you chop the ingredients fairly equal in size. First add in the peppers and fry in a hot frying pan in olive oil over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, then remove the peppers and add the onion and sausage which you cook until the sausage is thoroughly cooked through.
Then you then transfer everything to an oven proof baking dish and bake at 375F for 10 minutes until evenly heated and cooked through.
What if You Don’t Want to Fry the Sausage, Peppers and Onions?
I’m not going to fault anyone who prefers not to fry the ingredients. In this case you simply drizzle with olive oil (don’t need a lot) enough to lightly coat the ingredients, and bake everything at 375F for about 45 minutes or until the internal temp of the sausage reaches 165F.
I do think you lose a little bit of flavor without frying, but honestly, it will still taste and smell 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!
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!
- 2-3 green peppers chopped
- 1 package sausage depends on how much you want to make
- olive oil
- 1 onion chopped in large chunks
- Wash peppers thoroughly
- Cut peppers in strips
Fry in olive oil 5 – 10 minutes over medium high heat
- Add onion
- Remove peppers
Add sausage and fry until brown and cooked through
Mix everything together in oven proof baking pan
Bake 375 for 10 minutes or until meat reaches an internal temp of 165F
- This is a great recipe for cookouts and picnics. It is magnifico!
- Side dishes for this are Italian breads, macaroni salad, pasta salad, tomatoes and olive oil, bruschetta, salad, spinach, grilled vegetables with balsamic vinegar (yum!), roasted potatoes, potato salad.