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Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers

Giada's classic Italian Sausage and Peppers Sandwich recipe made even simpler, in the slow cooker. These hot Italian sausages are reminiscent of the kind you'll find on street corners in Italy. Our version simmers to perfection in a flavorful mix of peppers, onions, garlic, tomato, a Parm rind, herbs... all the good stuff. The flavorful "broth" infuses into these sausages, making them extra tender and delicious.

Serve these Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sandwiches with Giada's Lemony White Bean Salad and a Blood Orange Shandy!


Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers


Main Course

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

360 minutes




The Giadzy Kitchen

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  • 1 14 ounce can cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 red pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 1 yellow pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 1 red onion (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (smashed and peeled)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 pounds raw (spicy Italian sausages, about 8 sausages)
  • 1 2inch piece parmesan cheese rind
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. To a 4 quart slow cooker add the cherry tomatoes, tomato paste, both peppers, onion, garlic, olive oil, salt and oregano. Stir together with a wooden spoon to combine. Nestle in the sausages and parmesan rind so everything slightly covered in the pepper mixture. Cover and set the cooker on low for 6 hours.

  2. Before serving, sprinkle with the chopped basil and parmesan cheese if desired.
  3. *Serving suggestions: Serve sausages in a hoagie bun topped with the peppers, onions and tomatoes and melted cheese, over polenta or rice, or just as is with a side salad.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
101 grams
4 grams
4 grams
Saturated Fat
1 grams
6 milligrams
344 milligrams
2 grams
97 grams

2 reviews & comments

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    The Giadzy Kitchen

    @Candice Thank you so much for pointing this out! The recipe has been fixed.

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    There seems to be something missing in the instructions. The tomato paste and garlic from the ingredients is not included in the instructions. I just added it in with the tomatoes, peppers, etc. Fingers crossed.

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