Aggie’s Kitchen Sausage and Peppers Recipe

How about for this Sunday Supper, serving Aggie’s Kitchen Sausage and Peppers Recipe, for your family, guests, or to bring to a potluck?

Please welcome my guest today, Aggie, from Aggie’s Kitchen.

Hey there! I’m so happy to be here today! It’s been a while since I’ve stopped by. Last time I was here it was last summer, and I brought dessert. Today I decided to do something different, and have you over to my house for some Sunday lunch with my family.

Sunday lunch has always held a special place in my heart, my family is Italian and growing up Sunday lunch was always just a given.

It was a meal that we shared together every week, no matter what and without a fuss. It was just what we did. I would wake up each Sunday to smells of garlic and onion simmering on the stove, my grandmother and my mom already in the kitchen getting the sauce and meatballs ready before we went to church. Sometimes it was just the immediate family around the table, sometimes there were aunts, uncles and cousins over and sometimes we would share it with friends.

Our meal changed slightly each week, but I can assure you that it always included a nice big comfy bowl of pasta.

For those of you who don’t know me, I met Sandy over a year ago through our relationship with Bush’s Beans. I feel extremely blessed and grateful to have met Sandy, because over time, our friendship has grown so much. I find myself always asking her for advice and sharing with her my thoughts and goals…I look to her to hold me accountable. She’s someone I trust and am so thankful to have met through the wonderful world of blogging.

(Sandy and I just last month in Park City for Evo ’11)

Before we get to the food I wanted to share with you a couple of things I’ve learned this past year as far as entertaining and hospitality goes. I’ve talked a lot of this out with Sandy already and she has helped me so much in this department. I have never been afraid to entertain and am very comfortable with having people over my home. I can thank my parents for that, we always had friends and family over and it was just part of our life. No matter how comfortable I am having guests over though it still never fails that I tend to drive myself a little nuts before each “get-together.” I think its something a lot of us do right? (please tell me I’m not alone!!) A lot of it stemmed from feeling like every single thing had to be perfect.

Lesson 1: Imperfection is so much easier.

I have also always felt like I have to do everything. Now of course, I am the one having the gathering, I have to do something…but sometimes it really is okay to ask for help. For instance, if you are having a large get-together with multiple families where a meal is going to be served, ask your guests to bring a favorite family dish, dessert or even wine. People love bringing food and helping. It’s okay. The day or morning before ask your husband to help you out a bit by wiping down the bathroom counters or straightening up the patio. And ask your kids to help you by putting their toys and school papers away. I recently asked my kids and their cousins to wrap plasticware in napkins and fill up water balloons for our 4th of July family barbecue…it kept them entertained a bit and helped me get organized.

Lesson 2: It’s really okay to ask for help.

One more thing that I learned…and this probably has a lot to do with the perfect/imperfect lesson, is to take shortcuts. And what I mean by shortcuts is this: when you are strapped for time but have plans for a nice casual dinner with friends or family…don’t get overwhelmed. Instead, order a bunch of pizzas and garlic bread, and make a nice big salad and open a couple of bottles of wine. No one will mind I promise you (and get this…you can probably get away with “nice” paper plates too).

Lesson 3: Take shortcuts.

These lessons have really been a real eye opener for me. And I like to think I’m a more relaxed hostess because of it.

Sausage and Peppers Recipe

Sausage and Peppers Recipe

So are you wondering what we are going to eat?

Well, I wanted to share with you my recipe for my family’s favorite Sausage and Peppers. I make this all the time for friends and family and is one of my favorite meals to share with others along side a bowl of pasta or as sandwiches on crusty Italian bread.

If you are feeding a large group it’s a great recipe to double and can be easily served buffet style.

Thanks for having me over today Sandy and hope you all enjoy the meal!

When you are strapped for time, do you feel like you can ask your guests to help out?

Sausage and Peppers Recipe

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Sausage and Peppers Recipe

Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 large bell peppers I like to use a combination of red and green, cut in large strips
  • 1 large sweet onion cut in large slices
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • good pinch salt and pepper
  • good pinch or two of dried oregano
  • 2 lbs sweet Italian sausage I sometimes use Italian chicken or turkey sausage as well
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 cups of your favorite tomato sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • In a large glass baking dish, add peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss until all the vegetables are coated in the olive oil.
  • Place sausage links over vegetables and put in oven. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until vegetables are soft and sausages are cooked through.
  • Take sausage links out of baking dish and onto a cutting board. Slice sausage thickly on an angle, about 4-5 slices per link. Place sausage pieces back into baking dish.
  • Add a few ladles of tomato sauce into baking dishes and gently stir to combine with sausage and peppers.
  • Place sausage and peppers back into the oven for another 15 minutes or until sauce is bubbly.
  • Serve alongside pasta and/or bread and with Parmesan cheese.

Aggie Goodman, of Aggie’s Kitchen, is an active mom of two who’s always thinking about the next meal. Her kitchen is her “happy place” where she can relax and do what she loves to do, feed her family and friends. Most of the food she cooks is healthy, but the occasional treat is permitted (and welcomed!). When she’s not cooking, she’s most likely running after her kids, getting in a good workout, finding peace in a book or talking food on social media. You can find her on Facebook and as @aggieskitchen on Twitter.

38 comments on “Aggie’s Kitchen Sausage and Peppers Recipe”

  1. Pingback: Sunday Dinner: Sausage and Peppers | Family Kitchen

  2. Well, I’m not Italian, but I may as well be! ;) I love how strong family traditions are with Italian families. We lived in a town where about every restaurant was owned by an Italian Family and every Tuesday, without fail, you had to eat elsewhere if you wanted to eat out because that was their Family day!

  3. Hurricane Irene looming. Freezer full of food potentially defrosting. What do I do? Read this post and invite everyone over! Mix of Chicken-Jalapeno Sausage and Italian Sausage in the oven with the rest of the peppers and tomatoes from the garden. Pasta is boiling. Garlic bread is on the grill. Pasta and sauce for the rugrats running around the yard. Wine glasses are full. House is a mess of lanterns, batteries, cases of water, and canned food. You know what? No one cares. It’s all good. Everyone is laughing and relaxing. Bring it on, Irene. Thanks for the inspiration. Be safe all, and enjoy the storm.

  4. Awesome to see two of my favorite gals paired up over here. I love sausage & peppers. Thanks for the helpful entertaining tips too. Miss you guys :)

  5. Love the Sunday lunches…..just like Mike’s family : )
    And you know how much I love your sausage and peppers. Such an easy but delicious dish. I need to make it again soon.
    And you are a wonderful entertainer….I’m lucky to have been a guest many times!

  6. This looks like a great, easy “company” dish. Thanks for sharing! Always looking for new ideas to serve to large groups of guest.

  7. I can totally relate, you are definitely not alone. I used to take my love of cooking and feeding people way over the top, wearing myself out before they ever arrived or making something so elaborate I spent the whole time back and forth to the kitchen they rarely saw me. I eventually got over myself and put the focus on my guests and time with them–of course the food is still delish! Great post!

  8. This is so funny, but we are having the same thing for dinner tomorrow. We love sasuage and peppers and we haven’t had it in a while. I make it almost the same as yours except I use 2 cloves of garlic and I will use some fresh oregano from my herb pots. Yum!

  9. Great guest post! Wonderful tips and a delicious recipe

  10. The photos make me drool! Absolutely amazing! I love your recipe Aggie! :)

  11. I love sausage!!! very nice recipe… Liked it! on stumbleupon… thanks for sharing… ;)

  12. OMG!!! This looks SO GOOD! I MUST make this! I really must!!! thanks for sharing ;)

  13. I love Aggie and her recipes!

  14. Love this! I used to worry more about having things just so (perfect) when inviting friends until I realized that we weren’t doing ourselves any favors because our friends thought they had to “live up to our expectations” in their homes as well, so we stopped getting together as often. I had no idea my friends felt that way until one of my dear friends was brave enough to say something. I’m glad she did!

  15. You know this is a hard thing for my wife and I to do. We have always thought that when we invited people into our home for a meal that the meal should be prepared by us. Well after finding this blog and reading Sandy’s book, NO MORE….. this past week end our son and his wife came home for the week end. They moved 6 hours from home, 6 months ago for a wonderful job for my son, it was their first time back home. We decided to do a Bar B Que for some of their friends , and for extended family. When I sent out the email to invite people over I asked that they all bring a favorite side dish, and told them what we were cooking , and what we would be providing. It took so much pressure off of us, and you are right not one person said anything about having to bring something. We of course raved about each person’s dish, and sat and enjoyed a wonderful meal………. They upside??? not only did we not have to cook so much, everyone brought our Son and Daughter in laws favorite dish !!!! A win / win!!!
    Blessings to you and yours
    Curtis & Sherrie

    • It’s hard, I was brought up feeling the same way. And there are times where I still do. But for the most part depending on the celebration, I think it’s appropriate & ok to “pot luck”. If I was having Sunday Dinner I would cook it all :) but usually we are getting together with other families & close friends and it’s casual so everyone is just happy to spend good quality time together.

      Great to meet you Curtis & Sherrie! :)

  16. mmnnn…this recipe looks right up my alley. thanks for sharing!!

  17. I love your lessons and your recipe looks awesome!

  18. My inner perfectionist seems to wake up before a get together too…it’s hard to quiet her down isn’t it?

  19. I love all the both of y’all! Great looking recipe! I miss y’all. When will I see you again?

  20. It’s always a blessing to have great friends to bounce ideas off of… great post. Thanks so much for the recipe.
    Happy Day

  21. I love this, you guys! Nicely done Aggie!

    And hi Sandy! (waving)

  22. Great tips on entertaining. People do love to help, so asking them to bring SOMETHING, anything, it’s a great way to ALL get involved. Loving this simple, but amazing dish!

    • My best gatherings with friends have always been a joint effort…we all have kids, we are all busy, usually we try to plan where one of us brings “kid food”, one of us brings drinks…something to grill or snack on…dessert! We all enjoy each others company so much, its a shame to not get together because we are too busy to do it all right?

      Thanks girl! :)

  23. I’m with you on the pre-entertaining anxiety! I’m trying to keep my inner perfectionist QUIET when I have company over…but it doesn’t always work! Thanks for the tips…I’ll try to put them to use.

  24. Thanks so much for having me here Sandy!! :)

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