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Italian Sausages with Provolone

Here’s an easy recipe everyone will rave about. These tangy sausages with their pepper and onion topping will go quickly. Better make a double batch! —Shelly Bevington-Fisher, Hermiston, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 10 Italian sausage links (4 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 each small sweet red, yellow and orange peppers, cut into strips
  • 2 medium onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 cups Italian salad dressing
  • 10 slices provolone cheese
  • 10 brat buns, split


  • In a large skillet, brown sausages in batches in oil. Drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the peppers, onions and salad dressing. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until a thermometer reads 160° and vegetables are tender.
  • Place sausages and cheese in buns; using a slotted spoon, top with pepper mixture.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 543 calories, 31g fat (10g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 1267mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Oct 11, 2017

    These were very tasty and tender! I used mild and hot Italian sausage links (combo), and made Italian salad dressing using the box mix. I didn't saute the onions and peppers in with the sausage because I knew my crock pot would take care of that... and it did. The onions and peppers were nearly mush after 3 hours on low. Next time, I'll throw them in after an hour and a half so they're more firm. I put the provolone cheese on the buns and placed it under the broiler for a couple minutes to toast the bun and melt the cheese. I'm glad I toasted the bun because it got pretty soggy after putting the sausage in (it would have been a big mess if I hadn't toasted first!). I'm not going to use the leftover sausages and make grilled flatbread pizzas. This is such an easy, delicious recipe, I'll be making it again.Update: I made this again tonight but instead used a Greek vinaigrette. I also didn't brown the sausage beforehand, and cooked the sausage for about 2.5 hours. THEY WERE SOOOOO GOOD! I put the peppers/onion in 30 minutes before it was done so that they weren't mushy. Great recipe to play around with and tweak to suit your tastes!

  • pajamaangel
    Jun 11, 2017

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  • lmmanda
    Sep 26, 2015

    Wow, these were soooo good! I used turkey Italian sausage and a light zesty Italian dressing. When I was browning, the sausages, I also sauted the onion and peppers with a dash of salt so they would be cooked through when the sausages were done in the crockpot. In my crockpot, this took 3 hours to cook. To get the cheese nice and melty, I put the bun with the cheese in the toaster oven for a short time. Turned out perfect!

  • captgeo5
    Aug 6, 2014

    very good and easy , dont forget the bun can make or break a sandwich , a must try for all

  • luigimon
    Aug 3, 2014

    I'll ditto dianeharring.......easy and yummy! We will make this again!

  • mreilly615
    Sep 10, 2011

    I have made this twice now. It is great. I've made it in the crock pot and I've made it in a skillet. I also used Johnsonville smoked brats the second time I made it and it was every bit as good as the first time. This has become a family favorite. I will continue to make this again and again.

  • Ktgoble
    Sep 10, 2011

    Delicious, there were no leftovers!

  • dianeharring
    Jul 3, 2011

    easy and yummy!