Classic Sausage & Peppers

As a native Long Island Italian girl, sausage & peppers was one of the things I watched my dad drool over as a kid. I never loved cooked peppers as a child, but when I began to cook myself, I created my own recipe and it is hands down, the best sausage and peppers you will ever have.

And, as with all my recipes – It’s simple and quick. No long cook time for this classical sausage & peppers dish.

This recipe uses the One Pot Meal technique of building & layering flavors.

As with all of me recipes, this is a guideline and should be adjusted to your liking. Feel free to play as you go and ALWAYS cook with your senses!

If you like this One Pot Meal, you should also try my Classic Chili recipe as well.

Classic Sausage & Peppers
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As a native Long Island Italian girl, sausage & peppers was one of the things I watched my dad drool over as a kid. I never loved cooked peppers as a child, but when I began to cook myself, I created my own recipe and it is hands down, the best sausage and peppers you will ever have. And, as with all my recipes - It's simple and quick. No long cook time for this classical sausage & peppers dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Classic Sausage & Peppers
Print Recipe
As a native Long Island Italian girl, sausage & peppers was one of the things I watched my dad drool over as a kid. I never loved cooked peppers as a child, but when I began to cook myself, I created my own recipe and it is hands down, the best sausage and peppers you will ever have. And, as with all my recipes - It's simple and quick. No long cook time for this classical sausage & peppers dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Sausage & Peppers
Garlic Ricotta Mix
Servings: people
Instructions
Sausage & Peppers
  1. Season & sear sausage links in a shallow pot until brown all over. Then remove links from the pan.
  2. Add enough Olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan & add onion & garlic to the pot. Season with salt & pepper. Allow to cook and slight brown.
  3. Add peppers & re season slightly. Allow to cook 2-3 minutes until tender.
  4. Add Honey (or carrots) and cook 1 more minute. *If adding carrots, allow to cook for a few more minutes to let them soften.
  5. Using your hand, crush the tomatoes in the can and pour into pot. Rinse the can with about a 1/2 cup of water and add to the pot. Re season with salt & pepper.
  6. Add sausage back into the pot & allow to simmer on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Once sausages are cooked through, add chopped parsley & basil and cook another 5 minutes. Taste and re season if necessary.
Ricotta Accompaniment (Optional)
  1. Mix 2 T olive oil, 1 cup Ricotta, chopped garlic & parsley in a bowl. Season heavilty with salt & pepper. Can be served on top of the sausage and peppers to add a creaminess or served on toasty Italian bread. Either way - IT'S AMAZING!
Recipe Notes

Ingredients to prep ahead: 

  • Peppers, onion & garlic can all be chopped and stored together ahead of time. This can be done 1-2 days ahead as long as you store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Herbs can be rough chopped 1 day ahead. Store in an airtight container with a paper towel inside the container. This will help maintain low moisture.

As with so many Italian-American dishes, this one just gets better with time. I wouldn't recommend freezing, but you can definitely make a big batch and eat it through the week.

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Chili Braised Pork Tacos & Salsa

Chili braised pork or 5 spice tacos bring different ideas to the table instead of just Mexican.

These chili braised pork tacos are one of my family’s all-time favorite recipes, and one that I’ll often make in my cooking classes as well!

Chili braised pork tacos are practically foolproof and very popular – making this the perfect party meal, make-ahead dinner option, or simple Sunday dish. The chili-braised pork tastes better the longer it sits, too, so make a big batch and freeze some for later if you get the chance.

The base of this dish, the pork shoulder, follows along the guidelines I’ve laid out in the braising section. Remember that the perfect braise builds a flavor that works along with the rest of the ingredients it’s paired with; turn a cheap cut of meat into the star attraction with just a few simple tricks!

Chili-braised pork tacos and salsa are great on their own, but if you’re looking for a different side, I really recommend this simple corn salsa.

Chili braised pork or 5 spice tacos bring different ideas to the table instead of just Mexican.

Chili Braised Pork Tacos & Salsa

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Chili braised pork or 5 spice tacos bring different ideas to the table instead of just Mexican.

Chili Braised Pork Tacos & Salsa

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Ingredients
Chili Braised Pork

Pico de Gallo

Spice Rub


Servings:

Instructions
Chili Braised Pork
  1. Coat pork in spice rub & salt, pepper.
    (You will have left over rub. Keep it in a jar for another dish/time!)

  2. Sear pork in a dutch oven or saute pan until dark, golden brown on all sides.

  3. Remove pork and add all veggies. Cook until charred and slightly cooked

  4. Deglaze with bottle of beer

  5. Put pork back into dutch oven & add enough water until pork is ¾ covered.
    (If you don’t have a dutch oven & have seared your pork & veggies in a sauté pan, place everything in an oven safe pot & cover.)

  6. Cook at 275-300 degrees for 3-4 hours, until pork is falling apart.
    (You should be able to put your fork in the pork and pull it apart without any resistance)

  7. Once cooked, let everything cool in the braising liquid.

  8. I often make 1-2 days ahead and put the whole pot in the fridge to cool. If that is the case, just warm the pork up when you are ready to shred it.

  9. Shred pork and strain braising liquid. Then, add pork to the strained liquid. You may need to reheat everything slightly if it has cooled completely.

    (Don't boil when reheating, you will toughen the meat)

Pico de Gallo
  1. Dice tomato, avocado, onion jalapeno & cilantro

  2. Mix with lime juice & season generously with salt/pepper

Recipe Notes

There are no quantities for the PICO DE GALLO. That is because you can make it to your own liking.

I typically like my Pico de gallo heavy on the lime and cilantro, but it's a personal choice.

TASTE AS YOU GO and remember you can always add more of an ingredient!

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