Italian sausage and peppers in the oven makes for such an easy meal. Once you have your vegetables sliced, and everything on the tray, the only other thing you need to do is turn it all halfway through cooking!
I love that this meal is naturally low-carb, so there is no need for substitutions or hard-to-find ingredients.
Italian sausage is seasoned ground pork in a shell casing. The links are typically 6 inches long. What sets them apart is that they usually contain fennel seeds.
This really depends on the brand you buy. Pasture-raised pork has a higher nutritional value than conventionally-raised pork. Also, some brands contain a lot of salt, so make sure to check the label.
The short answer is no. Sweet Italian sausage normally has some form of sugar added.
Fennel seeds can aid digestion. It’s so interesting that foods which taste good together (pork and fennel) improve the absorption of nutrients of each other when eaten together.
You can make sausage and peppers in a skillet or in the slow cooker but the oven is my favorite because it requires the least amount of hands-on time. The slow cooker takes ages and you don’t get that nice browning on the sausages. Another option is in a skillet but that requires watching everything very closely so they don’t burn.
Notes on ingredients
Mild vs. Spicy vs. Sweet Italian Sausage
Italian sausage comes in three different types: mild, spicy and sweet. You should avoid the sweet kind as this will contain sugar in some form. As for mild or spicy, both are good, it’s just a matter of personal preference!
Difference between Red, Orange and Green Bell Peppers
Red peppers are the best because they have been on the vine the longest and so, have more nutrients. Green peppers are picked before they have had a chance to turn red. This is why green peppers are often cheaper. They can be harvested sooner. Yellow and orange peppers are picked on their way to turning red.
Which Type of Onion to Use
The recipe lists yellow onion but white onion and red onion work too.
Additions and Substitutions
- Pork sausage can be substituted for turkey or chicken sausage. You will need to drizzle these with olive oil before they go in the oven. Turkey does not contain as much fat as pork and they might dry out.
- Garlic makes a great addition to this meal. I like to add entire cloves because they become sweet when roasted in the oven.
- Red chili flakes add an extra level of spice. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp on peppers when you have arranged them on the baking sheet.
If you fancy a sweet bite after dinner, have you seen these Sea Salt Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles?
Italian Sausage and Peppers in the Oven
- Chopping board
- Sharp knife
- 2 baking sheets
- Greaseproof paper
- 5 Italian sausages
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- fresh basil, to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
- Slice the peppers and onions into thin strips. Place the sausages on one of the baking sheets. Arrange the peppers and onion on the remaining space and drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake for 30 minutes and turn halfway though. The internal temperature of the sausages should reach 160°F. The peppers and onion should be soft and golden at the edges.
- Serve immediately and garnish with fresh basil.