Easy Italian Sausage and Peppers

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.


12 servings

Updated: Aug. 22, 2023
My sister was hosting a birthday party and asked me to bring Italian sausage and peppers. I'd never made them before, so I altered a braised pepper recipe. Now family members request this dish often.—Jeanne Corsi, Arnold, Pennsylvania
Easy Italian Sausage and Peppers Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 pounds Italian sausage links, cut into 3/4-inch slices
  • 4 medium green peppers, cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • Hot cooked polenta, optional


  1. In a Dutch oven or large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the next 9 ingredients.
  2. Cover and cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and heat through. If desired, serve with polenta.

Easy Italian Sausage and Peppers Tips

What other kinds of peppers can you use in this Italian sausage and peppers recipe?

Feel free to substitute any bell pepper in place of the green pepper. Or, use a poblano or Cubanelle (Italian frying pepper) for a tad more spice and a little less sweetness. Avoid using any hot pepper that may overwhelm the flavor of the dish, like a habanero or chili pepper. Here’s our guide to peppers if you want to learn more!

How can you prevent overcooking the peppers?

Make sure all of the veggies in the recipe are sliced evenly and added to the skillet at the same time, so that they can cook evenly to crisp-tender.

What different kinds of Italian sausage can you use in this recipe?

Typically, Italian sausage is offered in mild, sweet and hot spice levels. Use a mild or medium Italian sausage for a more traditional dish, but use hot for a different variation! Experiment with different types of Italian sausage by trying out various Italian sausage recipes or some of these new Italian-inspired recipes.

Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 224 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 657mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.

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