Baked Italian Sausages in Oven with Peppers

8 minutes
May 22, 2024
RosieJump to Recipe

Looking for a quick and easy meal? Learn how to bake Italian sausage for a simple, versatile sheet pan dinner! This recipe gives you not only a great dinner dish but this recipe can be used as a base for many others. Starting with some simple steps, you can improvise and make lasagna, burritos, or pasta from this baked Italian sausages with peppers recipe. However, you can always just stick to the main recipe and enjoy your hearty delicious dinner.

How To Bake Italian Sausage?

Hi guys, I’m Sharon popping over from the What The Fork Food Blog. It’s my first time here as a contributor, and it’s nice to meet you! Today, I want to show you how to bake Italian sausage and turn it into a sheet pan dinner! Sausage is always a hit in my house. So, we have it with spaghetti, for breakfast, in grinders, on pizza, in baked pasta, in soup, stuffed into olives, etc. Therefore, it never goes to waste.

I’ve been intrigued by all these sheet pan dinners I’ve been seeing on Pinterest – where everything is all thrown onto one baking pan and baked all at once for an easy dinner. So, after recently making a chicken sheet pan dinner, I was hooked. SO EASY! Only one pan to clean! Prep it, pop it in the oven, and take it out when it’s done! It seriously made me want to start turning all our meals into sheet pan dinners.

It is a Versatile Recipe

I love this roasted sausage and peppers sheet pan meal for a few reasons. It’s a pretty simple meal itself, so you can pair it with a salad, and dinner is done. But wait! You can easily take this meal up a notch.

  • Toss the roasted sausage and peppers with some olive oil, lemon juice, and pasta for a complete and more filling meal.
  • You can chop up the sausage and peppers and use them as a filling for lasagna. That will be a tasty lasagna with a sausage twist!
  • Additionally, you can also chop the sausages and peppers and prepare some fine burritos or wraps.
  • You can even prep this whole pan and portion it out for easy (and delicious!) lunches during the week.
  • Lastly, you can grab some hoagie rolls or hot dog buns along with some spicy mustard or ketchup and make some delicious sausage grinders or sandwiches.

The versatility of this easy dish is what makes it sing. It’s one of those base recipes that can do it all and be whatever you want it to be. This amount of sausage in this recipe can also easily be doubled or tripled, so you can make a few types of meals out of it. As a busy mom, recipes like that are stars in my house. Enjoy!

Baked Italian Sausages: A Brief Introduction

First of all, let’s learn a little about Italian sausages. In North America, Italian sausage (“salsiccia” in Italian) most often refers to a style of pork sausage. So, the main difference between it when compared to other sausages is the seasoning. The particular ingredient that usually sets Italian sausage apart from others is fennel. Fennel is a licorice-scented herb that gives Italian sausages a unique sweet and savory taste.

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A sausage is a kind of meat that is made from ground meat, mainly pork, chicken, or beef and combined with salt, spices, and other seasonings that is then placed into a casing. This sausage and peppers dish is a famous Italian-American meal that southern Italian migrant workers introduced to America.  Throughout the early 1920s, it was a very popular, inexpensive food that was eaten for various occasions.

Grilled, baked, broiled, or pan-fried Italian sausages are combined with sautéed bell peppers and onions that have been seasoned with vinegar and traditional Italian herbs including basil, parsley, oregano, and thyme. You can serve the flavourful sausage & pepper combo on its own or with a tomato sauce. You can eat these sausage and peppers plain, on spaghetti, or in Italian sandwiches.

The richness of peppers and the spiciness and juiciness of Italian sausage make for a traditional Italian dish that shouldn’t be messed with. One dish you must have at least once in your life is baked Italian sausage with peppers. The entire family will like this sausage and peppers recipe because it is flavourful and so easy to make that it can go from the refrigerator to the oven in as little as 10 minutes.

More About the Sausage

This recipe is mouthwatering and very quick.  Although they are usually made on the stove, this baked form is a simple preparation method and easy to clean. This dish is cooked with vegetables, savory, and a wonderful herb seasoning to top it off. Baking is among the simplest methods for correctly cooking Italian sausage. The popular Italian traditional mix of sausages, peppers, and onions has endured for a reason: It provides substantial flavor with no effort and is simply delicious.

Italian Sausage in Oven With Peppers Recipe

All in all, here is a fantastic recipe that will most certainly blow your mind! It is insanely easy and quick! So, give it a try and tell me what you think about it.

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Learn how to bake Italian sausages for an easy sheet pan dinner!

Baked Italian Sausages in Oven with Peppers

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  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the sausage, red pepper slices, orange pepper slices, and onion on a large sheet pan with sides. Drizzle with the Italian seasoning, olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss together and make sure everything is coated with the oil and seasonings.
  3. Spread the sausage and peppers out on the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the sausage is no longer pink in the middle and the juices run clear.
  4. Optional: Place the sausage under the broiler for a minute or two after baking to brown the sausage and char the peppers a bit.


Use enough olive oil to coat all of the vegetables and sausage. You may need to use a bit more depending on how much sausage you use and how big your peppers are.

Use Italian seasoning to taste. If you’re eating the sausage and peppers as is, you may want to use a bit more. I usually use a little less because I’m adding the sausage and peppers to other dishes and I don’t want the Italian seasoning competing with other flavors I might be using.


  • Author: Rosie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Sausages

Nutrition Information Italian Sausage

Per serving

Calories290 kcalCarbohydrates10 g
Protein14 gFat23 g
Saturated Fat4 gPotassium169 mg
Iron1 mgSaturated Fat1 g
Vitamin A1335IUFiber1 g
Sugar3 gVitamin C96 mg
Cholesterol60 mgCalcium20 mg

Storage Tips

Store: You can keep the baked sausage with peppers and onions leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days when sealed in a container.

Reheat: Place in a small skillet and warm over medium-low heat to reheat. You can cut the sausage into pieces to speed up the reheating. You can also reheat in the microwave but be sure to do it in 1 minute increments and flip the sausages after each minute.

Freeze: Sausage, peppers, and onions are a freezer-friendly food. Freeze for up to two months after placing in an airtight container. Before heating on the stovetop, let the food defrost overnight in the refrigerator.

Ingredient Notes and Health Benefits

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Sausages include significant amounts of iron and vitamin B-12, both of which are necessary for forming hemoglobin and healthy red blood cells. Use the sausage type and flavor of your choice: beef, pork, lamb, chicken, or turkey sausages and sweet, mild, hot, or spicy flavors. You can also use precooked sausages and make the recipe even faster, as the peppers and onions will cook in the time it takes to heat the precooked sausages.

Bell Peppers

Red pepper is a rich source of vitamin C. Peppers also have a significant amount of fiber and vitamin A. Bell peppers of any color will work great in this recipe but I prefer red, yellow and orange as they are sweeter than green peppers and pair nicely with the sauages.  For a lively supper, choose a colorful range of red, yellow, and orange. You can even use small sweet peppers which also have great flavor.

Red Onion

Onions are a great aromatic that significantly enhance the dishes flavor and are good for you. Sulfur molecules, which are abundant in red onions, shield the body from malignancies and ulcers. Any onion would work in this meal, but the red onions have a nice flavor and balance well with the peppers. If you like a sweeter onion try Vidalias.

Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is a fantastic ingredient to keep in your kitchen pantry since it has a deep flavor, is versatile and has many health advantages over butter and vegetable oils. Pour the olive oil over the peppers to add flavor and promote roasting. The resulting juices from roasting the peppers, onions and sausages combined with the olive oil will make a delicious “sauce” that can be added back ontop of everything when serving.


Italian seasoning gives a nice herbacious flavor and pairs great with the sausages and peppers. You can also add some red pepper flakes, fennel, cumin, or parika for extra flavor and spice.

Why Make this Italian Sausage with Peppers Recipe?

  • Very simple recipe and easy to assemble in less than 10 minutes.
  • The dish has a lot of flavor.
  • This adaptable, simple dinner can be served in different ways without much extra effort.
  • You can use your baked Italian sausages to your favorite sub bun for a traditional favorite or serve it as a straightforward low-carb meal.
  • When preparing sausages for a large group, it is simple to double or triple the recipe and use multiple sheet pans.
  • Keto, low carb, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

Final Thoughts

Finally, it’s your time to share your experience with this recipe and all your thoughts on it. So, tell me everything in the comments section: What do you think about the baked Italian sausages? Did your kids enjoy this dish? Additionally, did you go for the main recipe, or did you improvise? If so, what did you add, and what was your final result?

Also, please, do not hesitate to ask further questions on this topic in the comments. I will make sure to answer you as soon as possible! Last but not least, if you are eager to find out more recipes that include Italian sausages, I got you! So, try these three winners of mine to add an Italian twist to your dishes!


Rosie is the proud owner of two rescue cats and her current obsessions are fitness, photography, and ethnic cuisine. Her mission is to share easy and scrumptious recipes that anyone, even the busiest of readers, can recreate.


4 years ago

shouldn’t you poke the sausages with a fork so they don’t burst?

Dennis R
2 years ago

I always poke them with a fork about 4 times on each side. It lets the juices get out into the olive oil easier, to add to the flavor of the resulting sauce.

Once, I forgot to poke them. They didn’t explode. The sausages were a bit moister/greasier inside, rather than the drippings escaping into the sauce. But it came out fine.

I slice the sausages at an angle after, about 4 pieces per sausage. Looks nicer and releases the juices further for day one, then lets the remaining pieces take on the sauce for subsequent days (if any!). They marinade in the juices an are even better the next day!

Nutmeg Nanny
8 years ago

I LOVE baking italian sausage. Yum!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife
8 years ago

I can see up making this a ton this summer!

8 years ago

This looks and sounds fantastic. I always put them on the grill but we’ve been having so much rain lately, grilling has been out. This is a great idea.

8 years ago

One of my favorite easy meals to make!

8 years ago

I love me some sausage & peppers…never thought to bake them, though! Yum!

4 years ago

Me either my air conditioning broke and didn’t want to stand in front of the stove last time I tried cooking sausage in the oven I fell asleep and burnt them for about 3 hours so I tried it when I wasn’t three sheets to the wind and they turned out absolutely wonderful I roasted red peppers first added green yellow and orange peppers with it and it was fantastic roasting Peppers first is the way to go with any dish

Jessica Segarra
8 years ago

I do the same thing and add pierogis! Love it!

Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
8 years ago

Love this method! Sausage is usually relatively cheap so it makes for a great one pan meal (we love ours over pasta!)

Sheila @ Life, Love, and Good
8 years ago

I’m with you — I love easy meals and easy cleanup! And, Italian sausage is one of my favorites – thanks for sharing!

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