Sausage and Peppers


Some days dinner goes as planned and sometimes you realize that you bought a huge can of tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes after you’ve already poured half the can into the dish…this was one of those days. It took two stores and a couple of phone calls to find the Marsala wine and then no tomatoes. What’s a girl to do but pull out her stash of fresh tomatoes and go to town!

So what’s so special about Marsala wine? Well first off this is Italian style sausage and peppers and in true Italian fashion, wine is part of the cooking process (and eating!).  Marsala is a fortified wine (with brandy) that can be either sweet or dry. I chose a dry wine to go with the strong flavor of the sausage. In the end, it turned out amazing!


1 lb. of turkey sausage, pre-cooked and sliced

1 medium-large onion, sliced in half moons

3 bell peppers, sliced (used green, red and yellow)

1 serrano pepper, minced

2 – 4 cloves of garlic, minced

Olive oil


Italian seasonings

Salt and Pepper

Large can of Tomato Sauce

3 – 6 medium fresh tomatoes, diced

1 cup of Marsala wine


  1. Heat olive oil, about 2 – 3 tbsp. over medium high heat. Add onions and bell peppers and sauté for 5 – 7 minutes.
  2. Add minced serrano pepper, garlic, salt, pepper, heavy dashes of oregano and Italian seasonings. Heat for 2 – 3 minutes.
  3.  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, sausage and ½ cup of wine to pan. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Add additional ½ cup of wine and serve.
  5. Serve with bread and a nice big Italian red like Barbera, Montmartre or Sangiovese.  

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1 comment

  1. Chaya April 23, 2013 at 4:56 am Reply

    Thanks for being my secret swap partner. We love this dish and I hope to see it on my table often.

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