Versatile Sausages and Peppers with Marinara Sauce

Versatile Sausage & Peppers with Marinara Sauce

You’re probably wondering why I have a slow cooker recipe in the month of May. The slow cooker is for the winter, isn’t it??? Truth is, I use my slow cooker as long as I can before the weather gets too hot. Besides, not all slow cooker recipes have to cook all day long and heat up the house in the process; in fact, this recipe can be done in as little as 4 hours of cooking time. The recipe is naturally gluten-free and paleo-friendly. You can top it on rice or gluten-free pasta, or if you’re on a paleo diet you can top it on spaghetti squash. What else can you top with it??? Use your imagination; this recipe is extremely versatile just as the title suggests!

This great recipe came from The Complete Slow Cooker Cookbook by Wendy Louise. It’s not a gluten-free cookbook, but there are certainly a number of really good recipes that work on their own or can work with a little adaptation.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 to 8 fresh Italian sausages or bratwurst, cut into 3-4 pieces each
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 24-26oz jar marinara or pasta sauce
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

Versatile Sausage & Peppers with Marinara Sauce

First, cut the sausage into 3-4 sections depending on the size of the sausages.

Versatile Sausage & Peppers with Marinara Sauce

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and brown the sausage.

Versatile Sausage & Peppers with Marinara Sauce

While the sausages are browning, get your onions ready. The recipe calls for sliced onions; I diced them just to ensure they would cook down and be soft. Just a personal preference. Sliced onions would look really nice with the sliced bell pepper in the recipe. Next time I’ll try it!

Versatile Sausage & Peppers with Marinara Sauce

Remove the sausages from the pan with a slotted spoon and place them in the slow cooker. Drain the pan of any leftover fat.

Saute the onions for 5 minutes.

Versatile Sausage & Peppers with Marinara Sauce

Remove the onions from the pan and place them in the slow cooker with the sausage.

Versatile Sausage & Peppers with Marinara Sauce

Add the sauce, whole garlic cloves, and bay leaf into the slow cooker.

Versatile Sausage & Peppers with Marinara Sauce

Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on low for 4-6 hours. I cooked mine for only 4 hours and it turned out great.

Versatile Sausage & Peppers with Marinara Sauce

Slice the red and green pepper and put it aside for later. Be sure to slice them on the thin side; the thinner you slice the peppers, the softer they’ll turn out. I even cut them again in half widthwise from the photo below.

Versatile Sausage & Peppers with Marinara Sauce

Add the pepper slices the last hour to hour and a half of cooking time.

Versatile Sausage & Peppers with Marinara Sauce

Before serving, remove the garlic cloves and the bay leaf. Serve over gluten-free pasta, rice, spaghetti squash, whatever you’ve got. Enjoy!

Versatile Sausage & Peppers with Marinara Sauce

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About Carla

My name is Carla Bray, and I'm a website designer and developer. I provide website design, content management, copywriting, and SEO. My goal is to create simple websites that look clean, are easy to navigate, and quick to find the information you want. I'm also a social media guru...in other words, I spend way too much time on the web. Just to give you an example, I implemented and maintain a Facebook page for The Path Bike Shop, a local bike shop in Tustin, CA. This page has grown to almost 2500 "likes", an accomplishment I am very proud of. I live gluten-free since I have been allergic to wheat ever since childhood. My website "Gluten Free Fever" can tell you all about living gluten-free in Portland, OR...and I can tell you for certain, there's tons of great stuff in this town. I'm an avid bicyclist. I love all sorts of riding: mountain biking, commuting, cyclocross, and BMX. I enjoyed playing outside in the dirt since I was a kid, and I guess that's something I will never outgrow. My other interests include music, swimming, TRX training, yoga, reading, fiction (I'm a sucker for debut novels), libraries, cooking (and eating) gluten-free, blogging, and knitting. I currently live in Portland, Oregon, where I covet and cherish any sunny day that happens to come along.

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