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Italian-Style Vegan Sausage and Peppers

Italian-style vegan sausage and peppers

This recipe updates the Italian classic, sausage and peppers, with vegan sausage. It makes a hearty one-dish meal served with pasta, grains, or polenta. Shown above, it’s paired with farro. Mild, pale-green Italian frying peppers that are occasionally available in supermarkets and produce markets make this more authentic, but using common bell peppers works just as well. 

Italian-Style Vegan Sausage and Peppers

Serves: 6


  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 package Tofurky or Field Roast vegan sausage, any variety, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 large onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2–3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 large Italian frying peppers, seeded and cut into strips (or substitute 3 large red, green, or yellow bell peppers, or a combination)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine, optional
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed or pureed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (or fresh oregano to taste)
  • 1 tsp dried basil (or fresh basil to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • dried hot red pepper flakes, to taste
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • hot cooked pasta, grains, or polenta, optional


  1. Heat just enough of the oil to lightly coat the bottom of a large skillet, reserving the rest. Add the sausage and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until all sides are golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent. Add the garlic and peppers and sauté until all are soft and golden.Italian-style vegan sausage and peppers recipe
  3. Stir in the optional wine, pureed tomatoes, and seasonings. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir the reserved vegan sausage into the mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at once, spooning some of the sausage and peppers mixture over individual servings of pasta, grains, or polenta, or on its own if you prefer.

Italian-style vegan sausage and peppers

Photos: Evan Atlas

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This post was originally published on 30 September 2012.

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  • Reply
    February 21, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Good recipe.

    Got a little confused with when to cut the sausages. In the ingredient list it says they are cut there, but in the last paragraph it says to cut the sausages after they are pan fried to a different thickness.

    I cut them before I browned them, but it was still confusing.

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    February 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Wendy, there was a bit of confusion here! It looks like I had mashed up two recipes and didn’t clarify the instructions. I cleaned up the instructions, and glad you somehow figured it out. Thanks for pointing this out to me!

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    January 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    You did not mention when to add the wine. I added it with the tomatoes.

    • Reply
      January 24, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks, I added it, and made the wine optional for those who don’t have an open bottle of white wine on hand.

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