Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches

Italian Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches | A Teaspoon of Happiness
There aren’t many things more satisfying – in my opinion – than a sausage and pepper sandwich. They’re the perfect balance of spicy, savory and sweet. And, this recipe has literally the best ratio of sauce to roll. That means the insides of the crusty bread get all gooey and soak up the flavor, and you’ll be left with just the right amount of mess on your plate – or your shirt if you’re like me.

I’ve been making this particular recipe for years now, and even though I’ve tried a few others, I still come back to this one. I’m not sure what it is, but I love it. Unfortunately we have a hard time finding good crusty rolls where I live, but I’ve found that substituting a French baguette works perfectly in a pinch. Or, you could toast up some submarine buns like I did this time. Either way, you don’t want them to be soft.

Italian Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches | A Teaspoon of Happiness
You can easily customize this recipe to work for your tolerance of spice as well. You can use spicy Italian sausages or sweet ones. You could add extra crushed red pepper flakes if you’re looking for more heat, or if you’d rather leave them out, that’s okay, too. Make the recipe yours. Use all green bell peppers or all red – or maybe even go crazy with some orange ones. Melt some Italian cheese one the top, like Marc does, or sprinkle them with a little parmesan. You can totally rock out this sandwich.

If you end up with leftovers – which I doubt you will – serve them over some pasta instead of having bread for a change of pace.


Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 56 Italian sausage links (about 1 1/41 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 large or 2 small onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 crusty rolls or 1 large baguette cut into 4 portions


  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sausages and cover skillet. Cook sausages, turning occasionally, for about 7-10 minutes. Remove sausages and set aside.
  2. Add peppers, onions, salt and pepper. Sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add basil, oregano and garlic. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add tomato paste, broth, diced tomatoes and crushed red pepper. Bring to a simmer cook about 10 – 15 minutes.
  5. Slice sausages lengthwise and return to pan. Cook for 5 more minutes or until peppers are soft and sauce has thickened.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Recipe adapted from Food Network.

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  • Reply
    Fawn @ Cowen Park Kitchen
    May 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    You’ve got something going right here–I’m not a big sandwich person but the smell of onions and peppers with sausage will convince me every time!

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      May 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      I’m the same way!! I’ve never been a big sandwich person, but this – and any kind of chicken salad, etc – totally gets me!

  • Reply
    Kellee Bass
    May 25, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I just wanted to thank you so much for sharing all your recipes. We have made a lot of them and every single one of them has been fantastic. We made the sausage, peppers and onions tonight. It tasted amazing! Even my kids had second helpings. Thank you again! I just love your blog!!

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      May 25, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks so much for taking the time to say such nice things, and thank you for reading and taking the time to try out the recipes! I’m so glad you like them. It means so much to me to have readers like you 🙂

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    November 7, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Thank you for sharing! Everyone loved it!

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