My Sicilian Ex-Mother-in-Law's Peperonata


Camilla's version of a Sicilian "contorno" (meatless side dish) made with bell peppers, onion, garlic, and fresh herbs. It's usually made in large quantities so there will be leftovers to toss with either pasta or rice the next day. It can be made either in the oven or on the stovetop. This is the stovetop version. This is even better the next day!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 3 large red bell peppers, seeded

  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, seeded

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or more to taste

  • 1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • cup dry white wine

  • 2 medium ripe plum tomatoes, diced

  • cup sliced black and green olives

  • 1 bunch fresh basil, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 small fresh red chile pepper, finely chopped

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Cut red and yellow bell peppers into 1-inch pieces.

  2. Heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; saute until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add bell peppers; cook and stir until onion becomes translucent, about 7 more minutes. Stir in wine. Add tomatoes, mix, and bring to a simmer.

  3. Cook until tomatoes have begun to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in olives, basil, and oregano. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until bell peppers have softened, about 5 minutes more. Add chile pepper and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
9g Fat
18g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 261mg 1,307%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 591mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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