Easy Italian Sausage and Peppers

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.


12 servings

Updated: Jan. 05, 2024
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


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


  1. In a Dutch oven or large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and keep warm.
  2. In the same pan, heat butter and oil over medium heat until butter is melted. Add peppers and onion; cook and stir until slightly softened, 4-6 minutes. Stir in broth, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Cover and simmer until vegetables are crisp-tender, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and parsley; heat through. Stir in sausage. 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.