Italian-Style Sausage and Peppers

Hello, hello!

I have a recipe to share with you guys today! I know, I can’t even remember the last time I posted a recipe here, so this is time for celebration I’d say. IMG_6082

I recently started collaborating with Hillshire Farms, and they asked me to whip up a new recipe with their smoked sausage. Now, since I was raised in a pretty traditional Italian household, when I heard sausage, I immediately thought of the old school Italian meal of sausage and peppers. SO, this is  a little twist on that, only I used Hillshire Farms smoked turkey sausage instead of the more authentic Italian spicy pork sausage.

I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to gravitate toward dinner meals that can be made in a snap during the week, because really, recipes that includes a million ingredients and even more steps, on a MONDAY?

Ain’t nobody got time for that.IMG_6083

This has basically four ingredients: smoked sausage, peppers, onions, and olive oil. The end.

I usually rely on eggs during the work week because they’re quicker than chicken, but seriously, this sausage cooked up just as fast, if not faster than eggs. This was a particularly welcome discovery last night because I’d had a busy day and barely eaten lunch,  and didn’t start cooking dinner til I was already starving (bad idea). Hallelujah!

I based this recipe off my mom’s sausage and peppers go-to, since she’s the Italian cooking guru. Truth be told, I don’t really like regular pork sausage, but in this meal my favorite part has always been the peppers and onions. They get gloriously soft and really soak up the rich taste of the olive oil in just the most perfect way.


Mmmmm… seriously, those peppers and onions are my favorite.

This meal is usually served sandwiched in between a lovely, crusty slice of Italian bread. I wanted to make this a teensy bit lighter, though, so I served it alongside some green veggies instead. Delicious (and healthy!) dinner in minutes, that leaves leftovers….. well, if you’re serving one person. My vegetarian boyfriend was not interested in sharing this meal with me. 😉

Let me know if you give it a try!


Italian-Style {Smoked Turkey} Sausage and Peppers


  • 2-3 tsps extra virgin olive oil (can use more or less depending on preference, and can also use olive oil cooking spray)
  • 2 large red peppers
  • 1/2 one medium-sized yellow onion
  • ~1tbsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 package link smoked turkey sausage {I used Hillshire Farms brand}


1. Slice peppers and onion into long strips. Add olive oil to pan over low-medium heat, along with the peppers. Add salt and basil and saute until soft, turning every so often with a wooden spoon.

2. When peppers are looking softer, add onions. Saute until they are almost translucent. In the meantime, slice sausage into thin slices (they’ll look like quarters).

3. Add sausage to the softened peppers and onions as well as black pepper (and more salt, if desired), and cook until heated thoroughly (about 8 minutes).

Serve hot, either in a sandwich using Italian bread, or alongside green vegetables.

Serves 3 (approximate)

**Full disclosure: the sausage used in this recipe was provided complimentary to me by Hillshire Farms in return for this blog post/recipe; all opinions are 100% my own. // #spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between my site and Hillshire. This could include Hillshire providing me w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

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