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italian sausage with peppers & onions

(4 ratings)
Recipe by
Michelle Koletar/Mertz
Harrisburg, PA

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.

(4 ratings)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 10 Hr

Ingredients For italian sausage with peppers & onions

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

How To Make italian sausage with peppers & onions

  • 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!

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