Peperonata (Sausage and Peppers)

Peperonata (Sausage and Peppers)

Discover the Italian delight of Peperonata, sometimes called the Italian Ratatouille! This quick and easy recipe combines delicious Italian sausage and vibrant bell peppers for a meal bursting with flavor.

Course: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
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  • 1 pack (about 1 lb) Capital Mild Italian Sausage (or Hot variety), sliced into bite-sized pieces

  • 3 Bell peppers (green, yellow, red), cored and sliced into strips

  • 1 large Onion, sliced into straw-like shapes

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup Passata (or canned crushed tomatoes with a pinch of sugar)

  • 1 teaspoon Dried oregano

  • Fresh basil (optional, if available)

  • Fresh parsley, chopped

  • Red chili flakes, to taste

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat a large skillet on high heat.
  • Prepare the sausage and vegetables by coring and slicing the bell peppers into strips, cutting the onion into straws, prepping 3-4 cloves of minced garlic, and slicing the uncooked Capital Italian Sausage into 1/2in thick medallions.
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil to the hot skillet. Add the sausage pieces and sear until browned on all sides. Remove the sausage from the skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the bell peppers. Cook without stirring too much to allow some char to develop. After 2-3 minutes, add the onions. Sauté until the peppers and onions are just tender but still slightly crunchy.
  • Add the minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant.Pour in the pasata (or crushed tomatoes with a pinch of sugar). Stir to combine.
  • Return the seared sausage to the skillet, and mix it with the vegetables and passata. Add the dried oregano and fresh torn basil if available.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let everything simmer together for about 5 minutes until flavors meld.
  • Add fresh chopped parsley and red chili flakes for extra flavor and a slight kick. Stir to combine.


  • Best paired with Pasta, Rice or Crusty Bread!