What to Serve with Italian Sausage and Peppers

Italian sausage and peppers is a delicious and quick recipe, perfect for the busy weeknights. Read on for the best side dishes to serve with this easy meal for a dinner your whole family will love.

Italian sausage and peppers is a perfect easy weeknight dinner. A simple comfort food, this colorful main dish consists of a bed of sliced peppers and onions topped with your favorite sausage. Pair this delicious recipe with the perfect side dish for a complete meal that your family will ask you to make over and over again. From hoagie rolls and mashed potatoes, to panzanella salad and roasted veggies, the delicious side dishes below are exactly what you need.

How do you make Italian sausage and peppers?

Two Italian chicken sausages on a bed of onions and peppers on a white plate. More sausages and an air fryer are in the background.

Italian sausage and peppers is a super versatile meal that can be made a lot of different ways, including in the air fryer (my favorite way), in a large skillet on the stove top, as a sheet pan dinner in the oven, in the instant pot or in the slow cooker.

This easy recipe requires only a few basic ingredients including olive oil, Italian seasoning, sliced peppers, sliced yellow onions, and Italian sausage links. As simple as it is, you can still customize this dish to your family’s taste!

  • Peppers: Use your favorite bell peppers, or add in some hot peppers for additional spice. I love to get as many colors into the dish as possible, so I usually use a mix of green bell pepper, red bell pepper and orange bell peppers.
  • Sausage: Use your favorite kind of sausage. Sweet Italian sausage and spicy Italian sausage are both great in this dish. I personally like to use chicken sausage or turkey sausage to keep this healthier, but pork sausages will work just as well!
  • Seasonings: I use an Italian seasoning blend to keep it simple. You could add red pepper flakes, garlic powder, or fresh herbs like fresh basil or parsley.

On super busy nights, get some pre-sliced peppers and onions from the produce section of your grocery store, and you can have this meal on the table in less than 20 minutes.


Bread is a great side dish for Italian sausage and peppers. Eat it on the side, or put the sausage and peppers inside a roll for a yummy hoagie or slider.

Easy No Knead Dinner Rolls

There is nothing better than a soft and buttery dinner roll that just came out of the oven. These homemade No Knead Dinner Rolls are easy to make and perfect to add to almost any meal.
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Easy Air Fryer Garlic Bread

This air fryer garlic bread is a great complement to any meal. This recipe shows how to air fry both homemade and store-bought garlic bread.

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Complete your meal with a serving of creamy polenta or potatoes, or with a flavorful pasta salad or rice dish on the side!

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a delicious side dish for Italian sausage and peppers. This recipe provides instructions on making the creamiest mashed potatoes in your stand mixer, but you can also mash by hand for a smaller weeknight meal!
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Goat Cheese Polenta Recipe

Creamy polenta is the Italian version of grits. Serve your Italian sausage and peppers over a bed of this goat cheese polenta for a truly delicious meal.

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Italian Potato Salad With Green Beans & Red Onions Recipe

Complete your meal with this delicious Italian potato salad made with green beans and onion. Dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, this recipe is easy and tasty.

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Easy Mixed Vegetable Rice

Fluffy, perfectly seasoned rice is a great side dish for Italian sausage and peppers. This easy side dish is a super flavorful rice your whole family will love.

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Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad is always a big hit. This easy version is loaded with the bold, classic flavors everyone loves, made simpler and healthier. This is sure to become your favorite pasta salad.

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Vegetables are always a great choice for a delicious and quick side dish. Add one (or two!) of the vegetable dishes below for a healthy and flavorful complete meal.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

Roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes is a great side dish for just about any meal. Roasted together on one sheet pan with simple seasonings, this easy side dish is healthy and delicious.
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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

For a lower carb side dish, try this amazing cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe. Smooth and creamy, this dish is just as delicious as regular mashed potatoes.

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Air Fryer Green Beans

These air fryer green beans are full of savory flavor and are easy to make, coming together in under 15 minutes.

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Balsamic Glazed Asparagus

This balsamic glazed asparagus is quick and easy to make. Roasted asparagus is coated in a thick, balsamic reduction for a healthy side dish.

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Grilled Panzanella Salad

This hearty salad combines nutty arugula topped with a skewer of grilled tomatoes and croutons. This tasty salad is the perfect companion for your Italian meal.

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Now, all that’s left to do is make your Italian sausage and peppers and chose your favorite side! With choices this delicious, you can’t go wrong.

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