Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwiches

Sausage, pepper and onion sandwiches have always been and will always be a classic in my family. My Nana Lulu and my mom made them often when I was growing up. They’re more of an Italian American street food that is everywhere here in NJ. Since I was really craving them, I decided to make my best estimation of my family’s recipe. Oh my goodness, it was so simple and amazing!

I prepped the vegetables and aromatics for the sausage, pepper and onion sandwiches first. It was such a fantastic mixture of red bell pepper, green bell pepper, an onion and lots of minced garlic. The colors looked gorgeous together! I should have switched the onion and green pepper now that I look at it to make it look like the Italian flag.
Once I finished my prep, everything cooked easily in one skillet! It made clean up much easier, that’s for sure. I browned my sausage links first on all sides. They didn’t cook through completely at this point, but it was fine because they went back into the pan later.
I softened those gorgeous peppers and aromatics in the same pan. They picked up all of that yummy flavor left from the sausage! I also added in lots of seasoning, tomato paste, red wine and Worcestershire sauce for even more flavor.
Finally, I sliced the sausage into rounds and simmered them with the rest of the mixture for 10-15 minutes. Everything melded together so gloriously! That was all it took to make the filling for the sausage, pepper and onion sandwiches.

While the filling cooked, I toasted up soft cheese steak rolls to hold it. Then I filled them up generously with the sausage mixture and we were ready to eat. They were everything I remembered from my childhood and more! The wine and tomato paste really gave the sausage, pepper and onion sandwiches a huge depth of flavor. This recipe ended up yielding enough for 6 sandwiches, so we even got leftovers! Score! I hope you all love this classic as much as we do. xoxo

Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwiches
Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwiches
5 from 1 vote
Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwiches
Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwiches
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

These sausage, pepper and onion sandwiches are such a fantastic and simple version of that classic Italian American street food! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sandwiches, Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwiches
Servings: 6
Calories: 415 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 dash olive oil
  • 6 whole sweet Italian sausage links
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 whole onion thinly sliced
  • 1 whole red bell pepper seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 whole green bell pepper seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 pinch freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup red wine plus additional as needed
  • 1 dash worcestershire sauce
  • 6 whole steak rolls
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Brown the sausage links in the olive oil on all sides. It will take about 2-3 minutes on each side for 10-12 minutes total. Remove them from the pan and let them cool enough to handle. Add the butter to the pan and let it start to melt. Add the onion, garlic and bell peppers and let them soften for 3-5 minutes in the butter. Season the mixture with the seasoned salt, dried basil, dried parsley and cracked black pepper while it cooks. Finally, pour in the tomato paste, wine and Worcestershire sauce. Let them cook for a minute.
  2. Meanwhile, take the sausage links and quickly slice them into rounds. They will not be cooked through at this point and that's ok. Return them to the pan and stir them into the rest of the mixture. If the pan is dry, add a little more red wine. Turn the heat down the low and cover the skillet. Let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes to really develop flavor and cook the sausage through. While the mixture simmers, split and toast the rolls. Fill them with the cooked sausage, pepper and onion mixture and serve immediately! It also makes great leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 185
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.5g32%
Saturated Fat 9.8g61%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 1236mg54%
Potassium 199mg6%
Carbohydrates 35.6g12%
Fiber 2.6g11%
Sugar 3.7g4%
Protein 18.6g37%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwiches
Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwiches



2 thoughts on “Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwiches”

  1. Talk about a nice weekend sandwich or any night sandwich for that matter!
    This recipe is so easy and basic, my kind of recipe.
    Maybe I’ll make us a nice side of sweet potato fries to go with it.
    Thanks Leigh!

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