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This simple, classic Italian comfort food recipe makes a perfect weeknight meal and is easily scaled up to feed a crowd. Inspired by my Calabrese father-in-law!

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Sausage and peppers is one of the first traditional Italian recipes that I was introduced to back when my husband and I first started dating. At the time, I was an incredibly picky eater, and I did not like sausage at all.

OK, there was one exception. True to my Midwestern roots, I could go to town on a plate of cheddar cheese, crackers, and summer sausage. YUM.

But as for any other type of sausage, I was not a fan.

Sausage and Peppers is a simple, classic Italian comfort food recipe makes a perfect weeknight meal and is easily scaled up to feed a crowd. Inspired by my Calabrese father-in-law!

My Italian in-laws always keep a well-stocked refrigerator (2 refrigerators, actually!). They are stocked with lots of food items that I didn’t grow up with (I’m looking at you, broccoli rabe), and there are always several types of sausage.

Living under their roof when I first moved to New York really got me excited about trying more new and different types of food – even some that were outside of my comfort zone back in 2004.

My father-in-law is a phenomenal cook. He’s originally from Calabria, Italy, and spent most of his childhood in Belgium before moving to New York in 1963. As a toolmaker, his work hours got him back home in the mid-afternoon, so he started cooking delicious dinners as a hobby.

In fact, we used to cook together almost every night after work while I lived there. It was an absolute blast, and we may or may not have enjoyed a hearty amount of wine during that process.

We improvised many meals together, and it really got me comfortable cooking for the family.

He cooks based on his mood and what’s hanging around in that incredibly well-stocked kitchen. He rarely uses a recipe, and you’ll never have a bad meal in his house. You’ll also never get the same exact meal twice.

But me? Improvise recipes every single time? Nope.

I want to be able to make the same thing more than once and be able to share the deliciousness with other people so they can enjoy it with their families as well. I do a lot more improvisation now than I used to, but I do like documenting successes and failures in the kitchen.

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I’ve been making sure that I spend time cooking with him while measuring ingredients and taking copious notes so that recipes like this classic sausage & peppers can be made for years and years to come.

And I’ve made my version for him several times now, and it got an enthusiastic stamp of approval from him.

Fantastico!

Sausage and Peppers is a simple, classic Italian comfort food recipe makes a perfect weeknight meal and is easily scaled up to feed a crowd. Inspired by my Calabrese father-in-law!

Look for Italian sausage in the grocery store in the refrigerated meat section, usually near the pork chops and roasts. You’ll typically see 2 types of Italian sausage – hot and sweet.

The sweet sausage generally contains fennel, which was initially the reason I wasn’t a fan of sausage, but it has since grown on me. I like using a mix of hot and sweet when I make this dish for my family. The hot is sometimes pretty spicy, and my son prefers the sweet.

A little something for everyone!

You can eat this dish as is, slice it up and put it on top of pasta, or get some nice crusty bread and turn it into sandwiches. Don’t forget to sop up the pan juices – they pack a ton of flavor!

You can even make this on the grill or in pizza form!

Spicy Italian Sausage and Peppers Pizza

This dish is super simple and a great way to enjoy a delicious Italian comfort food dinner in your own home.

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Sausage and Peppers

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 50 minutes

Total Time 55 minutes

Makes 4 Servings

Sausage and Peppers

This simple, classic Italian comfort food recipe makes a perfect weeknight meal and is easily scaled up to feed a crowd. Inspired by my Calabrese father-in-law!

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
6 Italian sausages (hot, sweet, or a mix of both)
1 large white onion, sliced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
1 large green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 cup white wine
Crusty bread, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sausages and sear until browned on both sides.
  3. Add onion and bell peppers. Drizzle with remaining tablespoon of oil and season with oregano, salt and pepper. Pour wine over top and give it a stir. Transfer to preheated oven and cook, uncovered, for about 45 minutes, or until onions and peppers have cooked down and softened a bit.
  4. Serve sausage and peppers in crusty bread and prepare to meet your new favorite sandwich!

Notes

Original Recipe by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli (inspired by Settino Covelli)

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

https://bigflavorstinykitchen.com/sausage-and-peppers/

Sausage and Peppers is a simple, classic Italian comfort food recipe makes a perfect weeknight meal and is easily scaled up to feed a crowd. Inspired by my Calabrese father-in-law!

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  • Thanks for the recipe. I grew up eating this and was going to make it for a party tomorrow that I am hosting. This will go great with the meal I planned.

    • I hope you enjoy it! It’s a very simple and tasty dish that my husband just adores!

  • Tracey Yarbrough

    This looks delicious! What sort of white wine would you suggest using?

  • I’ve always just used whatever I had around and open – Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay… I think any white wine would be fine. Let me know how it turns out if you end up making it 🙂

  • Tanya

    I have no wine. What else could I use as a substitution?

    • It’s not a lot of wine, so I’d say some chicken or vegetable stock and maybe a splash of white wine vinegar if you have it. Hope you enjoy!

  • Krystal

    Would this work with turkey sausages? Not sure if cooking times would differ…

    • I haven’t tried it with turkey, but I don’t know why it wouldn’t work! You sear ’em well and then they cook up for 45 minutes, so they should cook through no problem. The little bit of liquid from the wine and veggies should keep everything nice and juicy. Let me know how it turns out when you try it!