Roasted Sausage and Peppers

by Cate on February 1, 2008

Tonight we celebrated The Neighbor Wife’s birthday. I had a few packages of sausages in the fridge so had already wrapped my mind around making Sausages and Peppers, which I haven’t made in ages. One of my co-workers has a fantastic recipe for it that I’ve made several times, but after spending 30 minutes trying to locate the recipe, I gave up. One of these days, when I get a little bit of free time, I am going to seriously organized my tried-and-true recipe file. But until then…

So after asking for suggestions from members of the Cooking Light message board, I had 17 different ones to choose from. I had an appointment that ran late this afternoon, so ended up going for the easiest of the bunch, and it was a perfect choice. Nicholas and I walked in the front door and headed straight for the kitchen. He’s becoming a great sous chef for me lately, and tonight he dragged the stool over to the sink and began washing the peppers and potatoes for me. I chopped. He tossed. In 15 minutes, dinner was in the oven. The recipe could not be easier. Chop a bunch of stuff, throw it in a roasting pan with some balsamic vinegar, and an hour later, dinner is ready. Made for a deliciously healthy version of Sausage and Peppers, which was perfect served in hot, crusty sandwich rolls and a little bit of melted cheese. Another one to add to my mess of a tried-and-true file. Now to try the other 16 versions.  

Roasted Sausage and Peppers

1 to 1-1/4 lbs. sweet Italian sausage
3 onions, cut in one inch chunks
2 green peppers and 1 red, cut into bite size pieces
3-4 potatoes, scrubbed and cut into bite size pieces
2/3 cup plus one tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 425. In a 9 x 13 pan combine sausage, cut into one inch chunks, with onions, peppers, potatoes, balsamic vinegar and ground black pepper. Roast in oven until sausages are completely browned, onions nicely carmelized and liquid is almost completely evaporated, about forty-five minutes. Stir occasionally, and add water in 1/4 cups if pan seems to be drying out.

Remove from oven, add an additional tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and one tablespoon water. Let stand for three minutes, then stir, scraping up brown bits and sauce. Pour into serving dish, or directly in hot, crusty rolls. Serves four.

Cate’s Notes: The original recipe did not call for peppers or potatoes, so because I added those, I doubled the amount of balsamic vinegar to 2/3 and used a larger pan than 9×13.

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Joyce February 4, 2008 at 1:39 pm


Made the sausage and peppers dish night – delish!! Thanks for the easy & healthty super bowl dish.


Abbey February 5, 2008 at 6:36 am

I really, really, really need to organize my go-to recipes, too! They are a mess. Some are on my computer, some are on index cards in recipe books, some are in a recipe book.

One of my all time fave sausage dishes is Sausage and Potatoes Goulash from Apples for Jam. There is just something about good sausages that make you feel all warm and cozy inside!


the chocolate lady ??? ??????? February 6, 2008 at 8:15 am

beet pie, my oh my!
Wonderful roundup, Cate!


Cami D March 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm

I was wondering if you could answer a quick question for me. How do you find sweet Italian sausage in the store? Is it in a long casing or in a package like breakfast sausage? What is it called? Smoked Sausage? I’ve seen something like Polska Kielbasa, but wasn’t sure if this was it.
Recipe looks great. Can’t wait to try it.


Cate March 12, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Joyce – glad you liked it!

Abbey – THIS year, we’re going to get organized, right? ;)

The Chocolate Lady – always lots of yummy inspiration.

Cami – In our stores, they are in individual casings, larger than the breakfast sausage and usually found in the Pork section of the Meat department. Usually the choices are hot sausage and sweet sausage. Hope this helps!


Nosaby April 22, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Question: are you talking about uncooked sausage or the precooked kind?


Cate April 22, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Nosaby: uncooked sausage.


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