sausage with peppers

Sausage with peppers. A classic American-Italian dish. Fry some sausage. Add peppers and onions. A bit of garlic. Some dried oregano and basil. Pile it on a hoagie. Melt some cheese. That’s downtown.

Roast sausage for colour. Sweat peppers and onion slowly until melting. Add white wine. Reduce. Now the tomato. Simmer. Add the browned sausage. Simmer a bit more to bring the flavours together. Serve on polenta enriched with butter, cream and fresh grated parmigiano-reggiano. Simple, clean tastes. That’s uptown.

Internal temperature of the sausage is key. 150-160F is where the magic happens.  Lower and the sausage is underdone. Higher and it starts to dry out. Nail it and it’s juicy and delicious. This is true no matter how you cook your sausage. Something to keep in mind next time you grill.

Sausage with peppers goes upscale.

The polenta makes a nice foil for this dish. The tang and richness of the cheese balances nicely against the acid of the tomato. It’s not essential but it’s a nice touch. You could also pile this on a hoagie with melted cheese. That’s midtown.

Upscale sausage with peppers served with parmesan polenta.

Upscale sausage with peppers served with parmesan polenta.
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sausage with peppers and polenta

This upscale version of sausage with peppers focuses on clean flavours and simple ingredients.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4


  • 4 hot or sweet Italian sausages - how you like it
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion halved and then thinly sliced into half rings
  • 2 red peppers sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 15 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • salt


  • Pre-heat oven to 400F.
  • Thinly slice onions and red peppers.
  • Heat olive oil in a pot large enough to hold all the ingredients.
  • Add the onions and peppers and cook, over low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, until onions and peppers and thoroughly softened.
  • Add white wine. Boil to reduce to a syrupy glaze.
  • Add tomatoes and simmer 15-20 minutes.
  • Now is a good time to start to cook the polenta.
  • Place sausages on a sheet pan and roast for 5-7 minutes turning once.
  • Place sausage in the tomato red pepper mixture and simmer until the sausage reaches an internal temperature of 150-160F, around 10 minutes.


Cooking times are approximate. Different sized sausages require different cooking times. Times suggested here work for medium sized sausage. Use your instant read thermometer...
Upscale sausage with peppers served with parmesan polenta.
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creamy polenta with parmesan

Add the polenta to boiling stock slowly. Otherwise you will get lumps.
Course side
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup polenta - this is corn meal
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano grated


  • Bring the chicken stock to a boil.
  • Add the cornmeal slowly, stirring constantly. Slowly! You don't want lumps.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring every few minutes, until the texture turns creamy. This takes around 30 minutes. Dig into the corners of the pot when you stir.
  • Remove from heat. Mix in butter, cream and cheese.
  • Serve quickly. Polenta waits for no-one.


16 thoughts on “sausage with peppers”

  1. My digital thermometer is my most prized tool in the kitchen. I’m so glad I found a fellow blogger who loves their thermometer as much as me. I don’t care what anyone says, it makes a difference. This recipe is right up my alley on dinners where I don’t have to babysit the stove and the wine is such a nice touch! BTW, have you ever been to the Sausage Kitchen up at Byward Market Square? I heard it closed down 🙁 but it was my fave place to go to whenever I was around the area!

    • I’d go further and say unless you are a master chef you need to get into the habit of using an instant read thermometer. It’s basic food science. Internal temp is the only way to accurately know what you are doing. The higher the internal temperature, the lower the moisture content. Tell your non-believers to google it. Serious Eats. America’s Test Kitchen. Alton Brown. They can’t all be wrong.

      I miss the Sausage Kitchen. It was a foodie jewel in Ottawa for sure.

  2. This recipe looks wonderful! Sausage with peppers is just a great combination and I have been meaning to make polenta again! I have always baked polenta, but I’ll try out your stovetop method next time! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    Yum!! This recipe looks delicious! I’m a huge fan of peppers and sausage– such a classic combination. The polenta looks incredible too, but, sadly, I can’t have it right now because I’m lowering my dairy intake. Do you think I could serve the sausage with rice or pasta instead? What would you recommend? Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m not a big rice lover so I can’t really comment on that but it would be awesome if you cut up the sausage and tossed the whole thing with some pasta. I hadn’t thought of that but I’m going to try that myself!

  4. 5 stars
    I didn’t know the ideal temp for sausage was 150-160, thanks for the awesome tip! I love the simplicity of this dish, can’t wait to try it out, thank you!

  5. That creamy polenta sounds like it would balance some hot sausages perfectly. I make sausage and peppers a lot, but never with wine and tomato – I’ll have to try it because they look saucy and delicious!

    • The polenta changes up the experience. The sausages are good on their own but the sauce and polenta together really adds another flavour combination I like.

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