Baked Sausage and Peppers

Baked sausage and peppers is an easy one-pot dinner you can serve with pasta, rice, mashed potatoes, or cauliflower. The seared Italian sausage simmers in the oven with fresh bell peppers and onions in marinara sauce. So easy. So delicious.

overhead photo of a pan of sausage and peppers

In the spirit of keeping it simple, I’m here today to share with you a super-easy baked sausage and peppers recipe.

Savory and juicy baked Italian sausage mingled with fresh bell peppers in a simmering short-cut marinara sauce is a quick-to-prep (only 10 minutes!) one-pan wonder that is not only delicious but smells amazing while it’s bubbling away in the oven. Kitchen aromatherapy is the best.

How to Make It

First, you sear the Italian sausage links in a pan and then combine them with the sliced bell peppers and marinara. Into the oven it all goes until the sausage is cooked and the sauce is bubbling hot. Slice the sausages for serving, or keep them whole – it’s up to you!

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Baked Sausage and Peppers

overehead photo of sausage and peppers in sauce

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This easy one-pan baked sausage with peppers is quick to prep and smells amazing as it simmers in the oven. Use your favorite store-bought marinara sauce to make it really easy. Serve it over rice, pasta, mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian-American


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage links
  • 4 large bell peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 large red onion, sliced
  • 2 cups store-bought marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large oven-proof pan over medium heat. Place the sausages in the pan and brown them on both sides, about five minutes per side. Once browned, remove them from the pan.
  3. Add the peppers, onions, marinara sauce, and balsamic to the pan. Stir to combine. Place the sausages back in the pan on top of the sauce and vegetables.
  4. Turn off the heat and cover the pan loosely with foil. Transfer it to the oven and bake the sausages for 30 to 40 minutes or until they are cooked through. 
  5. Remove the sausage from the pan and stir the vegetables with the sauce. Place the sausages back in the pan, sprinkle the parsley and cheese over the top, and serve.


I like to use mild Italian sausage, but if you want a kick of spice, use hot Italian sausage. Or do a mix of mild and hot.

The sausage should be cooked to an internal temperture of at least 160°F. Depending on your oven you may need more or less time for them to bake.

The leftovers keep really well! Store them in an airtight container,  and they will keep for up to three days or so in the refrigerator. You can also freeze the leftovers for a few months.


  • Calories: 548
  • Sugar: 14.8g
  • Sodium: 1414.4mg
  • Fat: 41.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 25.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.2g
  • Fiber: 5.9g
  • Protein: 19.7g
  • Cholesterol: 88.8mg

Do you love this recipe? Don’t forget to leave a comment and your recipe star rating!

The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

Recipe Tips

Could you make your own marinara sauce from scratch for this dish? Yes, but these days there are so many amazing jarred marinara sauces available. I love Rao’s Homemade or DeLallo brands.

I love a colorful medley of peppers for this recipe only because in the dead of winter, it’s nice to have technicolor freshness front and center. So, I used red, yellow, green, orange, and red bell peppers, but you can use all or some of each color you like.

overehead photo of sliced peppers and onions mixed up together

If you don’t have an oven-safe pan or pot, you can use a regular pan and then transfer the sauce, sausage, and peppers to a baking dish. You may need to add a few minutes of baking time since the baking dish won’t be heated before it goes into the oven.

close-up photo of the cooked sausage.

Depending on your oven, you may need more or less time for the sausages to cook. The easiest way to know when they are cooked is to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. It should be at least 160°F.

Different Ways to Serve It

Once you have your delicious pan of baked sausage and peppers, there are a few ways you can serve it:

  • Spoon the sauce and peppers over cooked rice and place the sausages on top.
  • Or, mix some cooked pasta into the sauce – any sort of pasta will work.
  • Spoon a mound of mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash in a bowl and top with the sausage and pepper goodness.
  • Get crazy and serve the sausages on hoagie rolls with the peppers and onions on top. Get even crazier and top the sandwiches with cheese and pop them under the broiler until it’s nice and melted.
overehead photo of sausage and peppers in a bowl with parsley and parmesan

Low-fuss, hearty and delicious. This baked sausage and peppers recipe is so, so good. I hope you love it, too!

Happy cooking,


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This baked sausage and peppers recipe has been updated from the archives. It was first published in February 2020.


  1. Just a great recipe! Easy, delicious and wonderful for a quick meal to feed a crowd. Everyone loved it! Thanks

  2. OK-this is everything-you totally told the truth about how wonderful it smelled while cooking. Nothing that easy to put together should smell that awesome.
    And it tastes so good- like I slaved over a stove for hours!

  3. I’m so glad your recipe was the one I tried! My husband and I went crazy for this meal! I loved the ease of preparation, the convenience of it cooking in oven while I prepared the spaghetti and salad. I followed the recipe except for adding a bit of red wine to the peppers, onions, sauce, as well as two minced garlic cloves. Oh my, the flavors were outstanding and the sausage was incredibly tender. This will be in my go-to meal. Thank you!!

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