Million Dollar Italian Sausage and Peppers

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Premio Foods.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Italian Sausage and Peppers is a breeze to whip up. Baked Sausage and peppers make a great trusty and quick weekday meal! Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, It’s sure to satisfy the hungriest of appetites. 

Italian Sausage and Peppers

Sausage and peppers are my favorite guilty pleasure! I’ve been enjoying this meal since I was a kid. My family would always order our sausage and peppers from this popular Italian restaurant in Jersey. They served theirs stuffed in a hoagie roll with sausages (of course)  potatoes, onions and lots of peppers.  My mom would cook sausage and peppers served on sub rolls.  It was seriously the best hearty meal ever.  This recipe brings back so many childhood memories. I’ve passed on the tradition and now I serve it to my family. 

Italian sausage and peppers

Italian Sausage and Peppers Ingredients:

Italian sausage and peppers are combined with fried potatoes, oregano, basil, crushed red peppers, onions, colorful peppers such as, red, yellow and green bell peppers. I used healthy chicken sausages but you can use whatever sausages you like.


Join our newsletter and stay up to date on all the newest recipes guaranteed to add a burst of flavor to your inbox.

It’s very hard to find a flavorful chicken sausage that actually has the same flavors as the pork ones! However, I kid you not, I found one and they’re made by my friends over at Premio Foods. They also carry pork sausages and a wide range of other great sausages. Check it out HERE. I used to purchase their pork sausages years ago when I used to enjoy pork way before I became a blogger. Back then I would have never thought that I would have the pleasure of working with Premio Foods.

sausage and peppers

But let me tell you about these Italian chicken sausages. Perfect for people on a special diet. They are much lower in fat than pork sausages, they are SUPER good! I’m not saying this because it’s a sponsored post. If I don’t love a product, you won’t see it on this blog. Now you can enjoy sausage and peppers but in a much healthier way.

To be honest, when Premio told me about their chicken sausages I was a bit skeptical. I never had a REALLY good chicken sausage that wowed me. However, I was blown away at the first bite! Perfect snap, HUGE flavor, crisp and so juicy. They are my new favorite! I’ll be getting rid of my sausages and replacing them with Premio chicken sausages for now on!

Italian Sausage and Peppers

Why this recipe works.

You can never go wrong with sausage and peppers. It’s a simple, inexpensive meal with BIG flavor. Just sear the sausage and saute the veggies. Secondly, season the veggies, thirdly, place everything in a baking dish and cook until it’s done.

I took two approaches to make this Italian sausage and peppers. First, the oven approach and then the slow cooker approach. This recipe is perfect whether cooked in the oven or in the slow cooker.

The slow cooker is great option for sausage and peppers if you want dinner done when you get home from work.  Just cook on low for about 4 hours or until the sausages are very tender. To achieve the slow cooked flavor in the oven (perfect if you don’t have a slow cooker) just cook the sausages for about an hour and 20 minutes on 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

It’s a great quick meal to serve for parties or during the super bowl or any game really with a tall cold glass of beer. Make a huge batch in the oven or the slow cooker. Serve them in hoagie rolls then slice them to make smaller proportions, or you could just serve them whole with ketchup and mustard.

How to make Italian Sausage and Peppers

This has got to be the most easiest recipe everIt’s so easy to make even kids old enough to cook can make it!

  • First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then slice up the peppers and onions think or a bit on the thicker side. I prefer my peppers to be on the thicker side. They will cook down a lot so don’t make them too think.
  • Secondly sear the Italian sausages until browned. I like to make mine very brown as you’ll see in the pics below.
  • Thirdly sear the veggies until softened. You can definitely sear the veggies first if you like though. Season the pepper and vegetable mixture with basil, oregano, crushed red peppers, salt and pepper.
  • Optional, Fry the veggies next. Adding oil as needed.
  • Fourthly, add the peppers and veggies mixture to a baking dish. Spread them out. Top with the sausages. Place the excess peppers on the sides of the baking dish on top of the peppers.
  • Fry the potatoes until golden and crispy. Don’t worry if about trying to get them all crispy. A combo of soft and crispy potatoes is what you want.
  • Lastly, bake for 1 hour and 2o mins. If you are using a slow cooker follow the same steps but slow cook for 4 hours on low or until the sausages are very tender

Italian Sausage and Peppers

What sides go well with Italian Sausage and Peppers?

    • Sweet potatoes
    • Beans

This is the only Italian sausage and peppers recipe you’ll ever need. It’s just soooo GOOD! Don’t forget to stop by Premio Foods and check out their GREAT selection of sausages!

A plate of Italian sausage and peppers on a sub roll

Italian Sausage and Peppers

April Boller Wright
This is a super easy recipe for Italian Sausage and Pepper. It's a breeze to whip up for a flavorful family meal. Serve it as an easy add on to salad, pasta, rice or sandwiches. Perfect for serving large too! Ever taste something so good you had to moan? This recipe will do just that.  It will be your new trusty weeknight dinner! The best sausage and peppers!
5 from 37 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course classic dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 5 people


  • 1 lb sweet or spicy Italian Premio sausage Or your favorite sausage
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper sliced
  • 2 medium sweet onions I used a red and vidalia onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil add more as needed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp dry basil
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red peppers
  • 2 Idaho potatoes sliced then halved
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • salt for taste I used about 1 tsp
  • pepper for taste I used about 1/2 tsp
  • Your choice of crusty rolls (optional) I like to use wheat hoagie rolls or Hawaiian rolls


Brown the sausages

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pan. Once the oil is hot add the sausages. Cook until all sides are seared turning them occasionally.  Set to the side. 

Sautee the vegetables

  • Add more olive oil if needed to the same pan.  Over medium high heat add the onions and peppers. Toss to coat them in the olive oil. Add the minced garlic. Saute the vegetable until slightly browned and softened. Season with the basil, oregano, crushed red peppers, salt and pepper. 

Fry the potatoes

  • You may want to do this step 15 minutes before the sausage and peppers are done cooking. Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a skillet on high heat until it's it's almost smoking. 
    Add potatoes, and turn over every couple minutes until brown. Don't worry about trying to get them all crispy. A combo of soft and crispy potatoes is what you want.  Cook until the potatoes are cooked through. Lightly season with salt and pepper. 

Cooking the Italian sausages and peppers

  • Add the seasoned peppers and onions into 9x13 pan. Scatter. Add the seared sausages on top of vegetables. Take any excess veggies from the sides and tops of the dish and place them on top of the sausages. If you didn't add the minced garlic yet do so now. Add the minced garlic on top of the veggies. Cover and bake for one hour. *See notes for slow cooker. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 mins. Serve hot with the optional sliced fried potatoes.
    Italian sausage and peppers

How to make an Italian sausage and pepper sandwich

  • Stuff a couple of potatoes into the hoagie or whatever roll you decide to use. Add the Italian sausage. Add the peppers on top of the sausage. add two more or so of the sliced fried potatoes. Top with ketchup or mustard or add both. Enjoy!
    A plate of Italian sausage and peppers on a sub roll


This recipe can be easily adapted for a slow cooker. Follow all the instructions up to baking. Cook the Italian sausage and peppers on low for 4 hours or until the sausage is very tender. 
Sausage, peppers and onions reheat very well. They keep well in the fridge for several days.
Any leftover is great with pasta and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Read the body of the post for side ideas. 
Keyword Italian food
Like this? Leave a comment below!Let us know how it was!

If you like this Italian sausage and peppers recipe, make sure to save it to your Pinterest Board and follow me on Pinterest  where I pin DELICIOUS drool worthy food. You can also bookmark this recipe by sharing it on your Facebook. If you know someone that would enjoy this recipe make sure you share this post with them! 

Check out some of these other favorite and popular recipes! 

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Italian Mac and Cheese

Italian Dressing Chicken 

Italian Hot Chocolate

The Best Meatloaf recipe (a very popular recipe with over 54K shares)

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Oh, wow! I would love to have this off the screen, right now! They look incredible indeed. I love the combo, particularly the addition of potatoes, genius! I cannot wait to try this recipe.5 stars

  2. What a hearty and delicious sandwich! The sausage looks incredible and this looks so filling and comforting with out cold weather!5 stars

  3. These are all ingredients I love. The perfect delicious weeknight dinner idea! Yummy!5 stars

  4. I can eat sausage and peppers everyday of the week. I make it often and love it myself. If there are leftovers I make omelets with it. Yours looks so good.

    1. I have to try omelets next time! Thank you Claudia!

  5. Byron Thomas says:

    Oh my God! I think I just drooled right onto my desk. That sausage looks absolutely to die for! And, to make things ever better, you put them on a roll with peppers! I”m officially hungry beyond starved!5 stars

    1. It’s one of my favorites because it’s easy and there’s not many ingredients. Simple food is sometimes the best and tastiest! Thank you so much Bryon!

  6. Such a simple yet delicious recipe! Only addition was some mushrooms to bulk it up a bit, bacause we ate it with green salad. A winner! Thank you.5 stars

  7. Coming back here to say that I made this recipe and it was just as delicious as it looks right here on your blog! My whole family loved it!5 stars

    1. Aww, I’m so glad you loved it Denay! Thanks for trying it out 🙂

  8. You really got me at hot and spicy; and of course…HEALTHY! Love this Italian sausage peppers idea as this is perfect for brunch or a quick dinner. Yum!5 stars

  9. OHHH! I love sausage and peppers!! This recipe looks like a great weeknight meal that the entire family would love!5 stars

  10. Italian sausage is very good love the flavor profile and pair nicely with the peppers. I serve them with polenta and a side salad for a complete meal. Now I am craving this easy and so good!5 stars

    1. You are speaking my language! Thank you so much Adriana!

  11. What a beautiful colorful recipe. It’s packed with flavor! Perfect for a mid-week meal.5 stars

  12. Marisa Franca says:

    We love, love, love hot and spicy. This is the type of meal my mamma used to make and my papà would be all smiles. He loved sausages and peppers. And if you make it into a sandwich — you have to have a great hoagie bun.5 stars

  13. Those sausages look delicious, I’m so going to try your recipe out as makes a change from plain old fried onions which I usually serve with them:-)5 stars

  14. These Italian sausages and peppers look like the perfect tasty easy family dinner. I’m adding this recipe to the meal rotation.5 stars

  15. I could eat these Italian sausages and peppers every day! I love chicken sausages and this is an easy recipe that the family will love. Great for tailgating too!5 stars