We LOVE Italian food and one of my very favorite ingredients to use when I make it is bell peppers. They are so sweet, flavorful and add gorgeous colors to any dish. We also love sausage, but whenever I make it at home, I use the turkey version. It's healthier and not as heavy as traditional pork sausage. Chicken sausage is also a great alternative if you can find it fresh. This dish may take a little time, but it requires little work, which makes it a super easy meal that yields a lot of portions.
This one comes from Smitten Kitchen and is so easy and delicious.
Turkey Sausage and Peppers
1 Package uncooked turkey sausage (5 links)
2 green bell peppers, julienned
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 C good white wine
3/4 of a jar of good marinara, or homemade marinara from smitten kitchen
about 7 fresh basil leaves, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
In a large pot or dutch oven, heat 1 T olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and peppers and stir to coat with oil. Cook for about 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to become tender and brown, about 20-25 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Deglaze the pot with the white wine, making sure it bubbles and reduces. Pour the marinara over the veggies and turn the heat down to simmer. Add the fresh basil and tuck each sausage link into the pot, making sure each is covered by the sauce. Place the lid to almost cover the pot and simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Once the sausages are cooked through, slice each into rounds using a knife or kitchen scissors. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve over your pasta of choice topped with more basil and freshly grated parmesan cheese.