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Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers is an easy, four ingredient slow cooker recipe that is perfect for a busy weeknight! This recipe uses Italian sausages, red onion, bell pepper, and marinara and is perfect served on hoagies topped with cheese. This slow cooker meal is sure to be a family favorite dinner.

When it comes to dinner, my kids can be as challenging as they come. My four-year old often turns his nose up at what I serve before he even looks at it and my six year old doesn’t prefer to try new things. Too bad for them, their mom is a food blogger and she’s constantly making new things! Luckily, I know they like sausage, so I had a feeling these Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers would be a hit.

The verdict? I was right! I served these sausage and peppers on hoagies topped with cheese and then broiled to delicious perfection and my kids ate every last bit of them.

What You’ll Need

  • Mild Italian Sausage links – you can also use hot Italian sausage links too, if you prefer a little bit of heat.
  • Bell Pepper – I use one red bell pepper in this recipe, however if your family loves peppers, feel free to use two. Green bell peppers are also delicious in this recipe so you could use one of each.
  • Red Onion 
  • Marinara – the key to this recipe is using a good quality marinara sauce. A lot of the flavor comes from the marinara, so you want to use a good one! Our favorite is Rao’s Marinara, which I like to buy at Costco.
  • Shredded Italian Cheese and Hoagies – these are, technically optional as you can serve this sausage and peppers on their own, but they are delicious served in hoagies topped with Italian cheese!

How to Make Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers

This slow cooker recipe is so incredibly easy. To start, prep the veggies by slicing the bell pepper and onion. I like to keep them in strips instead of dicing them so they are easy to place on top of the sausages once they’re in the hoagies.

Place the sausage links on the bottom of your slow cooker and top with the peppers, onions, and marinara. Give it a little stir and then cover with the lid. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Once the sausages are cooked, place them in hoagies and top them with some of the peppers, onions, and sauce. Place them on a baking sheet and sprinkle with cheese. Broil for 1-2 minutes, until the cheese is melted and golden. Enjoy!

Sausage and Peppers Freezer Meal

Another great thing about this slow cooker Italian sausage and peppers recipe? It can be made into a freezer meal! Simply place the uncooked sausages, onion, pepper, and marinara in a gallon freezer bag and freeze. Remove the bag from the freezer the day before and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then cook according to directions!

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Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers is an easy, four ingredient slow cooker recipe that is perfect for a busy weeknight! This recipe uses Italian sausages, red onion, bell pepper, and marinara and is perfect served on hoagies topped with cheese. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner, main dish, sausage, slow cooker
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 665kcal
Author: Taylor

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs mild Italian sausages *hot works, too!
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 red or green bell pepper stem and seeds removed, and diced
  • 8 hoagie buns
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese

Instructions

  • Add the sausages, onion, bell pepper, and marinara to a slow cooker and stir gently.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • Once they are cooked, preheat your broiler.
  • Place the sausages in the hoagie buns along with some of the sausage and onion and pepper mixture. Set them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle them with cheese.
  • Broil for 1-2 minutes, until the cheese is melted and golden.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

If your family is a fan of bell peppers, add another bell pepper. My family likes bell peppers, but only a few so I typically just use one bell pepper!

Nutrition

Calories: 665kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1176mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 12mg
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