These Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches are like comfort in a sandwich roll! They combine the delicious flavor of Italian Sausages with fresh red & green peppers, onion, spices, and marinara sauce. Perfect for game days or easy weeknight dinners…they’re sure to become a new family favorite!
You know how there are certain foods that instantly transport you back to childhood? Foods where just the smell is enough to make you feel like you’re back in Mom’s kitchen? I’m pretty sure everyone has them….and part of what makes them so special is that everyone’s are different. For me, it’s things like homemade pizza and banana bread and peanut butter frosting crackers and apple cake….things my mom or dad made regularly, things we loved and looked forward to. And these Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches are definitely on the list!
My parents would probably laugh if they heard me include Italian Sausages on my list of fond childhood memories. Because there was a long stretch of time, mid-childhood to early adulthood, when I didn’t eat any meat at all. And especially not sausages. But…well…things change. And somewhere along the line, I rediscovered Italian Sausage. And I’m SO glad I did.
So what makes these Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches so amazing? I don’t know where to even begin. For me, it’s the combination of the sausages and marinara sauce, the slight crunch of the peppers, the way the sauce soaks into the bread. And the fact that it’s SO EASY to make definitely doesn’t hurt, either! I love a meal that comes together in 30 minutes and uses less than 10 ingredients….don’t you? And I especially love a meal that can double as an easy option for game days and get togethers.
Well, these Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches have it all. And, best of all, they’re super versatile! You can use turkey sausage instead of regular Italian sausage, you can eat them with or without the sandwich roll, and if you’re entertaining, you can make them ahead and keep them warm in the crock pot. And…kids love them. And will probably have their own fond childhood memories of them someday! Because good food is like that, you know?
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 10 Italian Sausage links (I used 2 packages Jennie-O Italian Turkey Sausage)
- 1 green pepper, sliced
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- ½ red onion, sliced
- 1 (25 oz.) jar marinara sauce
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1 bay leaf
- 10 sandwich rolls (optional)
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add sausages and cook, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and cooked through (15-20 mins).
- Add remaining ingredients, stir, and cover.
- Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, 10-15 minutes or until peppers are tender-crisp.
- Remove bay leaf before serving.
- Serve in sandwich rolls OR as is.