Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches

This recipe is: dairy freenut free

There aren’t many things more satisfying than a sausage and pepper sandwich. They’re the perfect balance of spicy and savory. This recipe has literally the best ratio of sauce to roll. That means the insides of the crusty bread soak up all the flavor, and you’ll be left with just the right amount of mess on your plate.

Why I love these sausage and pepper sandwiches

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.

White plates with a sausage and pepper sandwiches with a bowl of plain potato chips off to the side.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them

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.

How long do you need to cook Italian sausage?

You will want to cook for about 3-5 minutes per side. The internal temperature should be at 160 degrees Fahrenheit. You will be returning them to the pan to

What bread goes well with sausage and peppers?

I prefer to serve these sandwiches on a hard crusty hoagie style roll, though a baguette will work well. You will want something that is long like the sausage. I think it is nice to have a firmer bread to help contain the saucy peppers and onions, plus it gives the dish lots of added texture!

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A sausage and pepper sandwich on a white plate with a small serving of plain potato chips.

Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches

The perfect balance of spicy, savory and sweet. Served in a crusty bread these sausage and pepper sandwiches will leave you with just the right amount of mess on your plate!

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 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.


  • Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
  • Calories: 278
  • Sugar: 8.1 g
  • Sodium: 975.2 mg
  • Fat: 12.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.6 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 16.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 21 mg

Keywords: sausage and pepper sandwich, italian sausage sandwich, sausage sandwich

Recipe adapted from Food Network.

Last Updated on April 2, 2022 by Melissa Belanger

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