One-Skillet Sausage and Peppers

One-Skillet Sausage and Peppers
The holy trinity of Italian sausage, peppers and onions combine for one of the easiest and best meals you can make in a single skillet. A it comes together in less than 20 minutes.
  • 4 (about 1 pound) Italian sausage (sweet, hot or a combo)
  • 1 bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • ½ cup water or stock
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  1. Heat a heavy 12" cast iron skillet with a drizzle of canola oil over medium-high heat until it just starts to smoke.
  2. With a fork, poke a few holes on each side of the sausage to keep them from bursting while they cook.
  3. Place the sausage in the hot skillet, then place the sliced peppers and onions around them.
  4. Stir the peppers and onions to spread them around and coat with oil.
  5. Cook the sausage for about 4 minutes per side, or until they are nicely browned.
  6. Carefully pour ½ cup water or stock in the skillet, then immediately place a lid over the skillet and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  7. Continue to cook covered for about 10 more minutes, or until the internal temperature of the sausage reaches 160° F / 71° C.
  8. Remove the lid and the sausage from the skillet.
  9. Increase the heat and season the peppers and onions with kosher salt and continue to cook for a few more minutes to reduce the liquid.
  10. Serve the sausages topped with peppers and onions over pasta, rice, in an Italian bun or as is.