It was a summer evening, and I had just returned from a long day at work. My neighbors, a lovely Italian couple, invited me over for dinner. They always made the most amazing dishes, and I was particularly excited about this evening because they had promised to make one of their family’s favorite recipes – a one-pan sausage, peppers, and onions dish. It’s a staple in Italian households, and I couldn’t wait to learn how to make it myself.
As we sipped on some wine and chatted about our day, my neighbor started to prepare the dish. She told me that this was a recipe passed down from her grandmother, and that it was a favorite in her household growing up. It’s a simple yet flavorful dish, made with just a few ingredients but packed with taste. As she sliced the onions and peppers, and browned the sausages, the aroma filled the kitchen, making my mouth water in anticipation.
How to Prepare Italian One-pan Sausage, Peppers and Onions
Ingredients for Italian One-pan Sausage, Peppers and Onions
- 6 links (4 ounces each) of sweet Italian sausage
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 medium-sized yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 of a medium-sized red onion, thinly sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 medium-sized green bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1/4 cup of white wine, plus more if needed
Directions for Italian One-pan Sausage, Peppers and Onions
- In a large skillet, cook the sausage links over medium heat until they are browned on all sides, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the sausages from the skillet and slice them into pieces.
- In the same skillet, melt the butter. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until they start to soften. Add the bell peppers, and season with basil and oregano. Stir in the white wine and continue to cook and stir until the peppers and onions are tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Return the sausage slices to the skillet. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the sausage is heated through, adding more wine if needed.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
Can I use spicy Italian sausage instead of sweet?
Yes, you can use spicy Italian sausage instead of sweet if you prefer a bit of heat. The recipe will still be delicious!
Can I substitute the wine with something else?
If you prefer not to use wine, you can substitute it with chicken or vegetable broth. The wine adds a bit of acidity and flavor, but broth will work well too.
Can I add other vegetables to this dish?
Yes, you can add other vegetables to this dish. Zucchini, mushrooms, or cherry tomatoes would be great additions. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time as needed.
Can I make this dish ahead of time?
This dish is best served hot, but you can prepare the ingredients ahead of time. Slice the onions, peppers, and sausages, and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook.
Can I freeze the leftovers?
Yes, you can freeze the leftovers. Just be sure to let the dish cool completely before placing it in an airtight container and freezing. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat in a skillet or in the oven.
What can I serve with this dish?
This dish is quite hearty on its own, but it would be great served with some crusty bread, pasta, or a green salad.
Italian One-pan Sausage, Peppers and Onions
- 6 4 ounce links sweet Italian sausage
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium yellow onion sliced
- 1/2 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
- 1/4 cup white wine or more to taste
- Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until brown on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from skillet, and slice.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve hot and enjoy!