Spicy Italian sausage with sweet bell peppers, onions and potatoes is pure Italian comfort food.
When I was able to start eating pork again, this is one of the first dishes I wanted. We usually always have Italian sausage in the house from when I make Sunday Gravy, and when Anthony heard that we were having “spicy meatballs” in a completely different way, he was thrilled. Hot Italian sausage can be substituted for sweet sausage if you’re not a fan of spicy sausage.
This recipe for Simple Sausage and Peppers was inspired, again from The Soprano’s Family Cookbook. Although we cook ours a little different then the book, the concept is the same and the flavor is divine! By slowly simmering the sausage, potatoes and peppers, the vegetables become tender, and the Sausage and Peppers create their own sauce.
I’m really not sure what it is about this dish that makes it so warm and comforting, but the combination of sweet peppers with the spicy peppers and the potatoes warm you from the inside out, making Sausage and Peppers an excellent winter meal. You’ll be so impressed with how easy this recipe is to make and how much your family will love it, it will become a part of your regular dinner rotation!
In the images below, I used a sweet Italian sausage, because thats what I had in the freezer, but the best part of this meal is that you can substitute the sausage for anything you want. Make it a “man meal” by substituting the Italian Sausage for brats, and the chicken stock with beer!
1 lb potatoes, peel and diced into 1” pieces
1 green bell pepper, cored seeded and cut into 1” pieces
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into 1” pieces
1 onion, cut into 1” pieces
1 lb Italian sausage
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup water or chicken stock
In a large pot over medium-high heat, add oil and heat until shimmering. Add sausage and sear on each until crispy. Remove from pan, set aside and let cool.
In the same pan you seared the sausage in, add onions, peppers and onions. Cook, stirring frequently until veggies start to soften – about 5 minutes.
Slice cooled sausage in large pieces, and back to the pan with veggies. Stir to combine.
Add water or chicken stock, and stir to combine, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom.
Lower heat and let simmer 30-40 minutes, until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.
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