Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
In Italy, getting sausage and peppers is like getting a hotdog from a cart here in America. My version combines peppers with onions and herbs, and I brown sweet Italian sausage and add Marsala wine for a rich, tangy sauce.
Sausage, Peppers and Onions Sandwich
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage
- 2 red bell peppers sliced
- 2 yellow onions sliced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
- 4 garlic cloves chopped
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 cup Marsala wine
- 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 4 to 6 fresh Italian sandwich rolls optional
- This recipe originally appeared on Everyday Italian. Episode: Italian Street Food.
- Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausages and cook until brown on both sides, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and drain.
- Keeping the pan over medium heat, add the peppers, onions, salt, and pepper and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the oregano, basil, and garlic and cook 2 more minutes.
- Add the tomato paste and stir. Add the Marsala wine, tomatoes, and chili flakes, if using. Stir to combine, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release all the browned bits. Bring to a simmer.
- Cut the sausages into 4 to 6 pieces each, about 1-inch cubes. Add the sausage back to the pan and stir to combine. Cook until the sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes.
- Serve in bowls. Or, if serving as a sandwich, split the rolls in half lengthwise. Hollow out the bread from the bottom side of each roll, being careful not to puncture the crust. Fill the bottom half of the roll with sausage mixture. Top and serve sandwiches immediately.