Traditional Italian sausage and peppers is some of my favorite comfort food, but it can take ALL day to make with the caramelizing of the onions and simmering of the sauce, etc. For dinner this week I wanted something that would satisfy my craving for sausage and peppers but that was quick AND easy to make, and so Sausage & Peppers Sloppy Joes was born!
This whole recipe came together in less than 30 minutes. I can see folks enjoying this for a quick weeknight dinner or as part of your Big Game eats.
You can use either your favorite jarred marinara sauce or homemade marinara for this recipe.
For an extra flavor punch you can toast the split ciabatta rolls and rub them with a garlic clove.
For this recipe you’ll need a large, deep skillet like the one I used below. I got mine from Amazon for $20 and I use it all the time.
- 1 Pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 large red bell peppers, sliced into strips
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced into strips
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1½ Cups marinara sauce
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 4-6 ciabatta rolls
- In a large, deep skillet over medium heat cook the sausage until browned and completely cooked through, 7-10 minutes. Remove from the skillet and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Do not turn off the heat.
- To the same skillet add the olive oil and heat until shimmering. Add the bell pepper and onions and cook until the bell peppers are softened and the onions are browned, about 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the sausage back to the pan and the marinara sauce. Cook until the mixture is heated through and the sauce is reduced a little, about 5 minutes. Remove mixture from the heat and add the basil. Spoon over split ciabatta rolls, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and serve immediately.
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