Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

Our Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers are slow cooked in a sweet marsala wine sauce. So tender and flavorful, this is sure to become a favorite!

We love serving crock pot recipes like this for parties too! You can also try these Slow Cooker Beef Tips or one of my favorites, Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs!

sausage and peppers on a bun

Tender, Flavorful Sausage and Peppers Recipe

There are a few different ways to make sausage and peppers. One is on the stove top, right in a skillet and another way is to make sausage and peppers in a slow cooker, or a crock pot.

If you like you sausage to have a snap, then the skillet method is for you. But cooking sausage and peppers in a skillet on the stove does require more hands on time while the sausages are simmering.

So if you don’t have time for that, then the crock pot method is the way to go.

sausage and peppers in a slow cooker

How To Make Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

  1. Brown the sausage in a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil until they are browned on all sides. Place the sausages in a 6 – 8 quart slow cooker.
  2. Mix together garlic, tomato paste, chicken broth, marsala wine, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning to make the sauce. Pour the sauce into the slow cooker with the sausages.
  3. Add sliced bell peppers and onions and stir into the sauce.
  4. Cook on low for 4 hours until the sausages are cooked through and tender. The sauce will thicken as it sits.
crock pot sausage and peppers in a slow cooker

Can You Make This Sausage & Peppers Recipe Ahead Of Time?

Yes, and this is another reason why this crock pot sausage and peppers recipe is perfect for parties! You’ve got other things to do I’m sure, other side dishes to make…so it’s one less thing to worry about.

Making sausage and peppers in the crock pot is going to result in a tender, softer sausage. Also extremely delicious and totally hands off cooking.

You can assemble and start this recipe hours before serving, once the sausage and peppers are done just switch the slow cooker to the keep warm setting.

Alternately, you can cook this recipe a day or two ahead of time, let it cool completely and then warm up in the slow cooker when you’re ready.

sausage and pepper sandwiches on platter

What Can You Serve With Sausage and Peppers?

Side dishes of all kinds go really well with this sausage and peppers recipe! Here’s a few of our favorites for you to pick from:

Our sausage and pepper recipe is a little different from a typical recipe you might be used to seeing. Instead of using a tomato sauce or marinara sauce, this recipe is made with a lighter sauce that uses marsala wine and chicken broth.

Tomato paste thickens the sauce up a little, but the result is a super tasty light sauce that you can spoon onto toasted sub rolls that will soak up all the delicious flavor.

sausage and pepper sandwiches close up on platter

How Do You Serve Sausage and Peppers?

There’s also a few different ways we like to serve these crock pot sausage and peppers, the classic way is on a toasted sub roll with melted mozzarella or provolone cheese.

You can use un-toasted rolls too, with or without cheese. Just be sure to spoon some of the sauce that these sausages cook in onto the rolls before serving.

Definitely makes for a messy sandwich, the juice will drip out over the sides of the bun as you bite into the sandwich…but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

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sausage and peppers on a bun

Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x

Our Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers are slow cooked in a sweet marsala wine sauce. So tender and flavorful, this is sure to become a favorite!



  • 2 pounds Italian Sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking spray
  • 2 large red bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 large green bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 cups sliced onions

For The Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup marsala wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  1. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray, or add a tablespoon of olive oil to lightly coat the pan. Brown the sausages for a couple of minutes on each side until nicely browned.
  2. Transfer the Italian sausage to a slow cooker along with the sliced peppers and onions.
  3. Mix the ingredients for the sauce together in a small bowl, then pour over the sausage and peppers, tossing to combine.
  4. Set the crock pot on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve the sausage and peppers on hot dog buns or sub rolls, spooning the sauce over the rolls.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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