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Sausage and Peppers

A hearty Italian-inspired dinner with a little heat for a cold night

Total time
60 mins

Recipe by:

Emily is the author of the food and parenting blog West of the Loop, named a Top Mommy Blog by Time Out Chicago Kids. She is also a regular contributor to Chicago Parent magazine.

INGREDIENTS - 4 servings
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion(s), chopped
  • 3 Cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bell pepper(s) sliced
  • 1 Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh basil
  • 1 Teaspoon oregano
  • 2 Package Italian sausage sliced
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 can canned tomatoes whole
  • 1 Cup dry red wine
  • Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • polenta, for serving. preferably fresh
  • Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until translucent. Add the sliced red pepper and continue to saute the vegetables over medium to medium-low until the red pepper has softened. Season with red pepper flakes, basil and oregano. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Add the canned tomatoes and with their juices and one cup red wine and stir well to combine. (If you prefer a sweeter sauce, you can add a tablespoon of sugar.) Bring the sauce to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes until thickened. Add the sliced sausage and cook until the sausage is heated through. Serve over polenta for a comforting meal. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.

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