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Sausage and Peppers Skillet Recipe

Our sausage and peppers skillet is a one-pot meal featuring whole peppers and garlic perfectly cooked alongside flavorful Italian sausage.

Sometimes, there are nights when even we don’t feel like cooking. However, that’s not an excuse to run out and pickup fast food. On nights like that, we usually try to make something quick using as little dishes as possible while still cooking with whole ingredients.

Many times that includes chicken, like our Greek chicken pasta salad or Chicken Pot Pie. Other times, it’s something totally different. Today, we’re going to share one of those go-to dinners with you. It’s our sausage and peppers skillet.

This recipe uses whole Italian sausages to flavor the dish along with fresh garlic, onions, and colorful peppers. Our rosemary Parmesan bread goes great with this meal. It only takes about 30 minutes to cook and best of all, only uses one pan. The hardest part is dicing and slicing the vegetables.

Italian sausage and cooked peppers in an iron skillet.

How to make sausage and peppers?

  1. Heat a 12-inch cast iron skillet over low to medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil.
  2. Then, add the Italian sausage links and let them cook for 5-6 minutes on each side. Once the casings are browned, remove them and set them aside.
  3. Add the peppers and onions and cook for 3-5 minutes. When they start to soften, toss in the garlic.
  4. Stir the ingredients and let everything cook for another 30 seconds. Now, add the diced tomatoes, Italian seasonings, and salt and pepper.
  5. Afterward, stir the ingredients again and then place the sausage links back into the skillet.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and let the sausage and peppers simmer in the skillet for 10-15 minutes or until the sausages are completely done.
  7. That’s it, your Italian sausage and peppers skillet recipe is done. We hope you enjoy the meal and wish you all the best!
A collage of photos showing how to make sausage and peppers.

What goes with sausage and peppers?

You can serve them over a bed of rice, toss them with pasta noodles like spaghetti or rigatoni, serve them in buns like sandwich or as-is.

A close-up of the peppers and sausage in the pan.
Italian sausage and cooked peppers in an iron skillet.

Sausage and Peppers Skillet Recipe

4.6 from 22 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 5 Servings

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  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 5 Italian sausages - any variety
  • 1 green bell pepper - thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper - thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper - thinly sliced
  • 1 white onion - medium in size, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced or pressed
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes - undrained
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper - to taste


  • Heat a 12-inch skillet over low-medium heat. After the skillet gets hot, add the cooking oil and sausages. Cook the sausage for 5 to 6 minutes on each side until the casing is nicely browned. Remove the sausages to a waiting plate.
    2 tablespoons cooking oil
    5 Italian sausages
  • Add the bell peppers and onion to the same pan used to cook the sausages. Cook over low heat until they begin to soften (about 3 to 5 minutes), then add the garlic. Cook an additional 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
    1 green bell pepper
    1 yellow bell pepper
    1 red bell pepper
    1 white onion
    3 garlic cloves
    15 ounces diced tomatoes
    1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
    Salt and pepper
  • Then add the sausage back to the pan. Simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes to ensure the sausages are thoroughly cooked. Serve hot in buns or slice the sausage into pieces and serve over pasta or rice.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 sausage plus peppers. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.


Serving: 1sausage and peppers | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 831mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 998IU | Vitamin C: 106mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg
Recipe Rating


Tuesday 15th of November 2022

I made it last week and it was easy and delicious! I put it over pasta. I am definitely going to make it again!


Wednesday 16th of November 2022

Thank you Margot! Have a lovely day :)


Saturday 5th of February 2022

Super good!! My husband doesn’t eat pork so we substitute vegan Italian Sausage (Beyond Meat Dinner Sausage Links) and it is VERY good! Tonight is my second time making it and we’re excited!

Beth Baynes

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

This recipe was amazing !!! 5 star in my book and I am a “ foodie” did this recipe last minute, looked it up and made it ! We loved it !!! Will definitely make it again and again !


Thursday 14th of January 2021

Good Morning Beth, glad to hear you enjoyed the sausage and peppers skillet. Thank you for coming back to comment on the recipe. Have a lovely day :)