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Sausage With Peppers and Onion

Flavorful Italian sausage, local bell peppers and onions make an easy one-pot meal.

August 27, 2018

Looking for a perfect end-of-summer meal? Flavorful Italian sausage, local bell peppers and onions from the farmers market cook up in no time in an easy one-pot meal.

Serves four people.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-and-1/4 pounds hot Italian sausage links (5 to 6 sausages)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, sliced in quarter-inch strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced in quarter-inch strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced in quarter-inch strips
  • 1 cup sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 4 large cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, thinly sliced, or 1 teaspoon dried basil 
  • 1/2-teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2-teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4-cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • one 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained of excess liquid if needed
  • red pepper flakes (optional) 


Heat a large skillet with a cover on medium heat with the olive oil. 

With a toothpick, prick the skins of the sausage links and brown them on all sides, but do not cook through completely. Remove sausages from pan, let cool slightly, then slice into bite-size pieces.

In the same pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add sliced onion, bell peppers and mushrooms to the pan. Add more olive oil if needed. Cook veggies just 2 to 3 minutes, until onions start to become translucent but are not cooked through. The veggies will have plenty of time to cook and you don’t want them to be mushy. 

Add the garlic, basil, oregano, salt, wine or broth, red wine vinegar, and diced tomatoes. Return the sausage to the pan and cook until sausage is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Taste the pan liquid and adjust seasoning, Cover for the last 2 minutes of cooking. Serve hot, accompanied by a crusty bread to sop up the juices.

Cook’s note: The sausage is key to the flavor in this dish. Hot Italian sausage often is not very spicy, so add red pepper flakes to taste to turn up the heat. Sub your favorite Italian seasoning mix for the oregano and basil. This dish is also great in toasted hoagie buns, or served with fried or poached eggs.