Italian Sausage Pepper and Onions are one of the quintessential Italian-American classics. Italian sausages are grilled, broiled, or fried, then topped with fried onions and bell peppers.

The flavor and smell of Italian Sausage, Pepper, and Onions are precisely what it means to be an Italian-American here in the USA. It’s one of the dishes of immigrants from Southern Italy who made their home here in the US.


Sausage Pepper and Onions

One of the things most people love about these delicious Italian sausage and pepper sandwiches is how flavorful and aromatic the ingredient combination is. I decided to use red, green, and yellow peppers today because each pepper has its unique flavor and seems to add to the taste of this delicious sandwich.


Frequently Asked Questions about Sausage Pepper and Onions Sandwiches:

  1. What brand do you use to make your sandwiches? I love to get my Italian sausage from the deli when I can. However, Johnsonville works in a pinch. 
  2. What is the best bread to use for these sandwiches? Use a bakery hard roll or Hoagie roll. Hot dog buns just don’t cut in when making these.
  3. Which is the preferred way to cook the sausage peppers and onions? I love doing them on the grill. However, using a cast-iron skillet works perfectly too.


Equipment Needed:

  1. Large Preseasoned Cast-Iron skillet or sizeable non-stick skillet – to cook sausage, peppers, and onions.
  2. Clean cutting board– To slice peppers and onions.
  3. Chef’s knife– To slice peppers and onions.



Sausage Pepper and Onions

You can either grill, bake, or pan-fry your Italian Sausages. I usually like to do mine in the summer on a charcoal grill. However, I made them in a cast iron skillet this time and used the same skillet to do the peppers and onions. The cleanup was super easy.




This Sausage Pepper and Onions recipe is easy to customize to your tastes.

  1. If you like hot Italian sausage, use it! If not, you can use mild or sweet Italian sausage.
  2. Use a variety of bell peppers, or even add hot peppers to spice your sandwich up.
  3. Add cheeses such as non-smoked provolone, grated parmesan, or mozzarella cheese if you’re a cheese lover.
  4. If you enjoy sauce on your sandwich, definitely add it. You can use homemade sauce or a quality organic brand.






Sausage Pepper and Onions

The ingredients needed to complete this recipe are easily located at any grocery store or Farmer’s Market. You may even have them on hand. I usually find the hoagie rolls in my store’s bakery department. You can also use hard rolls or begets to place the sausage, pepper, and onions. I do not recommend hot buns.



Ingredients Needed to Make Sausage Pepper and Onions Recipe

*See the printable recipe card below for exact measurements and instructions*

  • Six Italian Sausages
  • One large yellow onion
  • One Green Bell Pepper
  • One Red Bell Pepper
  • One Yellow Bell Pepper Optional
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Six Hoagie Rolls
  • Red Sauce Optional



Tips for The Sausage Pepper and Onions Recipe

*See the printable recipe card below for exact measurements and instructions*

  1. Be sure to thaw the Sausage out if frozen.
  2. Gather all equipment and ingredients needed to make the recipe before starting.
  3. Do all prep work before beginning to cook sausages.
  4. Preheat the Cast-Iron Skillet to medium heat before adding the olive oil.
  5. Brown the sausage on all sides before reducing the heat to a lower setting and adding peppers and onions.
  6. Season your peppers and onions with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
  7. Ensure your sausage’s internal temperature is 160 Degrees before consuming it.




Sausage Pepper and Onions

Sausage Pepper and Onions

Heidy McCallum
Italian Sausage Pepper and Onions are one of the quintessential Italian-American classics. Italian sausages are grilled, broiled, or fried, then topped with fried onions and bell peppers.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 207 kcal


  • 1 Large Cast-Iron Skillet Or Nonstick Skillet
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Chef's Knife
  • 1 Serving platter


  • 6 Italian Sausages mild or hot
  • 1 large Yellow Onion sliced
  • 1 Green Pepper sliced
  • 1 Red Pepper sliced
  • 1 Yellow Pepper sliced- optional
  • Kosher Salt to own taste
  • Ground Black Pepper to own taste
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 6 Hoagie Rolls do not use soft rolls
  • 1 cup Red Sauce or Marinara heated


  • If the Italian Sausage is frozen, thaw beforehand. Gather all equipment and ingredients needed. Do all the prep work before beginning the recipe.
  • Preheat the Cast-Iron skillet to medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to cast iron before placing the Italian sausages in the skillet. Brown all sides of the sausage. Lower the heat. Let cook for about 6 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • Add the sliced peppers and onions. Season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook on lower heat until the peppers and onions are done, and the internal temperature of the sausage is 160℉.
  • Place Sausage, Pepper, and Onions on the Hoagie Rolls. Feel free to add Marinara sauce at this time and sprinkle with cheese if desired.


Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and how ingredients are processed change any recipe's effective nutritional information. Under no circumstances will be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your reliance on nutritional information.


Calories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1485mgPotassium: 206mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 736IUVitamin C: 80mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Bell Peppers, Italian Sausage, Onions
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  1. 5 stars
    These Italian sausages are full of flavor and SO tasty, and were the perfect hearty dinner to serve to my family tonight in snowy Colorado! Thanks for a great recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe for sausage pepper and onions is one of our summer-time favorites. So good on the grill or done inside.

  3. 5 stars
    This sausage, pepper and onioncame out perfect! I just want to dig right in as soon as they were done.

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