Italian sausage with peppers & onions

Michelle Koletar/Mertz

By
@Mertzie

There are so many great ways to make Italian sausage, but this is my all-time favorite recipe!!! The sausage is so tender, you just cut it w/ a fork & it is so easy to make!!!
A former staff member used to bring this sausage in for company gatherings, & I was hooked from the first bite. I make this often now & everyone raves!
Pic is before the tomato paste went on & before everything is cooked.
This is one that you can make overnight during football season, & get up & have the best dish at the party/tailgate.


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Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

10 Hr

Ingredients

4-5 lb
italian sausage, sweet or hot (i use a mix of both)
4-5 large
green bell peppers
4-5 large
onions
3 can(s)
tomato sauce (the large cans - 29 oz.)
3 can(s)
tomato paste
black pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Bake the sausage with a little water in an oven @ 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then turn over and bake another 10 mins. (20 minutes total). I pierce the sausage to release some of the juices when I turn over. When you take sausage out, cut in halves.
2
Meanwhile, slice onions and peppers in large slices, lengthwise.
3
Add 1 large can of tomato sauce to bottom of crockpot. (You can use any kind of tomato sauce, honestly -- and just tomato sauce, NOT spaghetti sauce or w/ added flavors/ingredients.) Sprinkle just a bit of sugar over the sauce. You can add some fresh ground pepper, if you want.
4
Begin layering the sausage, some peppers & onions, then some more sauce, and continue. Once you get to the top, spread a whole layer of tomato paste to create a seal. Use as much tomato paste as you need to completely "seal" up the ingredients.
5
Cook in the crockpot on low for about 10 hours. Don't stir or lift up the lid -- you will ruin the whole consistency of the sausages. When the top layer of tomato paste starts to look a little bit brown, it probably is ready. The sausage should cut very easily w/ a fork.
6
Try this recipe before you begin adding Italian seasonings, wine, etc. It doesn't need anything & you don't need expensive sausage or sauces! You can either serve w/ pasta (preferably tortellini) or on hoagie rolls w/ some parm sprinkled on top. Delicious!