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Italian Sausage with Peppers

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min.

Makes

8 servings

Local fairs in these parts are famous for sausage and pepper sandwiches. I came up with my own baked recipe so our friends and family could get a taste year-round. —Becki Clemetson, Sharpsville, Pennsylvania

Ingredients

  • 5 Hungarian wax peppers
  • 1 large sweet yellow pepper
  • 1 large sweet red pepper
  • 2 medium sweet onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 8 Italian sausage links (4 ounces each)
  • 8 hoagie buns, split

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. If desired, seed wax peppers; cut wax and bell peppers into 2-in. pieces. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; add peppers and onions. Cook and stir until tender, 5-7 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, water, garlic, bay leaves and seasonings; heat through.
  2. Meanwhile, in another large skillet, brown sausages. Transfer to an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with pepper mixture.
  3. Cover and bake until a thermometer inserted in sausage reads 160°, 35-40 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Serve on buns.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 507 calories, 23g fat (7g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 1295mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 6g fiber), 22g protein.

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