Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions


This simple and delicious one-pan sausage and peppers recipe has been used in our family for years and years now. Serve in a roll, or use as a topping for pizza or pasta. For an extra kick, try using 1/2 sweet Italian sausage and 1/2 hot sausage!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

Satisfy your Italian food craving with this impossibly easy (but incredibly delicious) sausage and peppers recipe. Since it comes together quickly with easy-to-find ingredients, it's the perfect simple-yet-satisfying dinner for busy weeknights.

Sausage and Peppers Ingredients

You don't need a lot of ingredients to make this sausage and peppers recipe. Here's what to put on your grocery list:

Italian Sausage
Sweet Italian sausage is perfect for this top-rated recipe. To turn up the heat a bit, try using half hot Italian sausage.

Two tablespoons of butter is all you'll need to sauté the veggies. Of course, you could substitute olive oil if you prefer.

Slice one yellow onion and half of one red onion. If you prefer a milder flavor, just use one and a half yellow onions.

Mince four cloves of fresh garlic to add to the vegetable mixture for authentic Italian flavor.

Bell Peppers
Slice one red pepper and one green bell pepper.

Spices and Seasonings
This sausage and peppers recipe is simply seasoned with dried basil and dried oregano.

Opt for a dry white wine such as pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc. If you don't have any wine on hand, reviewers say they've had success substituting with chicken broth or beer.

How to Make Sausage and Peppers

Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions
Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions | Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's what you can expect when you make this top-rated sausage and peppers recipe:

Brown the sausage on all sides in a hot skillet. Transfer the sausage to a plate and slice. Cook the garlic and onions in melted butter for about three minutes, then add the peppers and dried herbs. Stir in the wine and cook until the veggies are tender. Return the sausage to the skillet and simmer, covered, until sausage is cooked through.

What to Serve With Sausage and Peppers

This easy dinner recipe is full of satisfying meat and vegetables, so you don't technically need to serve it with anything (though it would be delicious served over pasta or white rice). You could also serve it on a hoagie with a slice of provolone. If you'd like to pair it with something extra, try one of these Italian-inspired side dishes:

Simple Broccolini
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Creamy Parmesan Polenta
Marilyn's Green Beans Italiano

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How to Store Sausage and Peppers

Allow sausage and peppers to cool completely, then transfer leftovers to an airtight storage container or zip-top bag. Store in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat in the microwave, in the oven, or on the stove.

Can You Freeze Sausage and Peppers?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze sausage and peppers. Allow the dish to cool, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container (if you use a zip-top bag, make sure to squeeze out all the air). Wrap the container in foil for added protection. Freeze for up to three months.

Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the microwave, in the oven, or on the stove.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This was my first time ever cooking this dish and this recipe was great," says snoopyshai. "It was easy to make and the taste was magnificent. I served it over penne and there were no leftovers. I will make this a regular family meal."

"This is a quick and easy recipe for those pressed for time," according to sometimechef. "We use hot turkey sausage for that extra spicy bite. Highly recommended!"

"These were yummy," raves DEBBIEMAE. "I grilled my sausages and then added them to the peppers and onions to simmer, put them on buns, and added Dijon mustard … delicious!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 6 (4 ounce) links sweet Italian sausage

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced

  • ½ medium red onion, sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ cup white wine, or more to taste


  1. Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until brown on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from skillet, and slice.

  2. Melt butter in the same skillet. Stir in onions and garlic, and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in bell peppers, season with basil and oregano, and stir in 1/4 cup wine. Continue to cook and stir until peppers and onions are tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

    Overhead of onions, bell peppers, and garlic cooking in a skillet with oregano being stirred in.
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios.
  3. Return sausage slices to the skillet. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, or until sausage is heated through, adding more wine if needed.

    Overhead of onions, bell peppers, and sausage being cooked in a skillet.
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios.
  4. Serve hot and enjoy!

    overhead view looking into a skillet of Italian sausage, peppers and onions


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

461 Calories
39g Fat
7g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 461
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 51%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 857mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 56mg 280%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 445mg 9%

* 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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