After a trip to a local farm stand, my wife came home with a bounty of green peppers! When she came home, she said, “I’m not really a fan of green peppers, but they looked good and were cheap, so I got them.” Because she’s not a huge fan of these peppers, I decided to build them into a richer set of flavours rather than let them stand on their own as a primary ingredient. To make that happen, I added some spicy Italian sausage, garlic, and onion to the mix along with some herbs, and then let everything simmer for a while in marinara sauce. This allowed all of the flavours to come together and for the peppers to soften and mellow. In the end, she gave it the thumbs of to indicate that I can make this one again for her!
We served this over thin spaghetti, but it would shine through nicely over a toasted and buttered hoagie roll or garlic bread!
Time: 90 Minutes (you can also go with a longer time and use a crockpot to simmer)
- Spicy Italian Sausage
- Green Peppers
- Tomato Sauce (we used marinara)
- Optional: Parmesan Cheese
- Something to serve over (Pasta or Hoagie Roll)
- Bring some water to a boil, and when it’s hot, carefully add in your sausage links. Allow them to simmer for a few minutes until they begin to firm up.
- While your water heats and your sausage boils, dice your onion, green peppers, and garlic, and set them aside in a bowl.
- When your sausage links have firmed, remove them from the pot, and place them on your cutting board.
- Drain your sausage water from the pot, melt some butter, and add your diced veggies. Sautee for about 10 minutes until the onions and peppers begin to soften a bit. Add your basil and oregano as well.
- As your peppers, onions, and garlic cook, slice your sausage into rounds. Then, add your sliced sausage to the pot, and sautee everything for another 5 minutes or so.
- Pour in your jar of marinara sauce, and stir to combine.
- Turn the heat to low, cover, and let everything simmer for 45-60 minutes to develop the flavour.
- Plate, top with Parmesan cheese as desired, devour, and enjoy!