SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS is VERY EASY to make this way!

MY SISTER PAT taught me years ago about her great technique of using just tomato paste, which was new to me! We start with tomato paste and just add a little touch of sauce after an hour. It is so-oo delicious!! The tomato paste makes its own sauce with the steamed peppers in the oven. 

You can use more peppers if you want and really mound up the dish because the peppers steam down.

I love to use crumbled sausage. If I buy links of sausage I just remove the casing. But you can cut the links into chunks if you prefer. Sometimes I add sliced onions if I feel like it.  

You can freeze leftovers for another time.    This freezes very well.

We vary the sausage too. Try it this method with chorizo sausage sometime! It is really tasty!

In fact, I think Pat makes it more with chorizo than the Italian sausage!  

There are pictures of the steps a few times I’ve made it in the slideshow below.  


Sausage and Peppers ~ A Delicious, Easy Way!
The tomato paste makes its own sauce steamed with the peppers in the oven! You add just a little sauce after an hour. Nothing could be easier! See the steps how to make it in the slideshow.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 333


  • 13×9-inch Pan
  • aluminum foil


  • 9 bell peppers any color
  • 1 pound Italian sausage sweet or hot, or ground sweet or hot sausage, or chorizo sausage
  • 6 ounces tomato paste plain, or tomato paste with spices
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350º.
  • Slice the peppers. Place them in a 9×13–inch pan. The peppers will be a high mound but they will cook way down.
  • If you are using sausage links, remove the casing from the sausage. Crumble the sausage over the peppers and stir to mix the sausage in between the peppers. Or you can use ground sausage. Or you can keep the casing on and slice the sausage.
  • Place dollops of tomato paste all over the top.
  • Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.
  • Lift the foil, add the tomato sauce, brown sugar if you using it, salt and pepper. Stir to mix well. Replace the aluminum foil loosely and bake for another 15 minutes or until peppers are tender.
  • Let it cool for 2 or 3 minutes before serving.


BROWN SUGAR:  This is totally optional.  I just like to use brown sugar to cut the acidity of tomatoes a little bit.
PEPPERS:  Bell peppers in all colors are traditionally used in this dish.  You can experiment with various other peppers you may like. 
LINKS OR CRUMBLED?   My personal preference is to use crumbled sausage, but I know some people like the link sausage cut into chunks.  Either way, it is delicious!
TOMATO PASTE:  My favorite for this dish is plain tomato paste by Hunt’s. To me, the sausage gives it enough spice. But add your own spices to your own taste. You can also use the tomato paste with added spices. 
ONIONS;  Sometimes I add sliced onions if I feel like it.
VARIATION:   Chorizo sausage!  A yummy variation to try sometime!
LEFTOVERS?   Put into freezer containers and freeze for up to 3 months.
Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1277mg | Potassium: 863mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1182IU | Vitamin C: 153mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg

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