This spicy Italian sausage and peppers recipe has quickly become a staple in our house. Each bite is loaded with so much flavor that you won’t believe it’s ready in only 30 minutes. Vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free.
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I’ve been having trouble writing this week. I sit down to write but nothing about the Italian sausage and peppers recipe comes out.
Is writer’s block a symptom of grief? The only words that come to my mind are about my aunty. I know that you’re here for a delicious vegan recipe not a depressing post about death and how it impacts people but this is my real life so it’s hard to turn it off.
The thing that gets me is that I want to share the recipe and I know my aunty would want me to write and share the recipe, but it’s taking me days to write this post. It’s so frustrating!
I just miss my aunty and it doesn’t help that yesterday marked one month since she passed away. How has it been one month already? On one hand, it feels like it happened yesterday, but on the other hand, it feels like we’ve been dealing with the grief for years. None of if makes any sense!
If you’re interested, last week, I shared the recipe for my favorite vegan spanakopita that I dedicated to my aunty. It’s delicious and I know she would have loved it so I hope you’ll give it a try too.
Ugh, dealing with grief is hard. Really hard. However, I’m going to keep plugging away and get this Italian sausage and peppers recipe posted because I know that’s what aunty would want me to do.
How Can This Vegan Recipe Have Sausage In it?
Yes, this Italian sausage and peppers recipe does have sausage in it– vegan sausage, of course.
I resisted using meat substitutes for the longest time but I eventually caved because I was curious. I’d heard so much about them but I didn’t want to try them because I assumed they would be full of artificial ingredients and preservatives but they’re not! They’re a little high in sodium but I’m not going to worry about eating it once in a while when I need a quick meal.
I’m so glad I tried them because vegan sausages are delicious! I know what all of the ingredients (all real food and spices) so it doesn’t make me feel guilty at all to use a store-bought shortcut. I like the Field Roast Italian or apple maple sausages (this is not a sponsored post I just really like them) for this Italian sausage and peppers recipe. Both flavors are delicious, you can’t go wrong!
If you don’t want to use vegan sausages in this Italian sausage and peppers recipe you could substitute pan-fried or crumbled tofu, sliced tempeh, or any variety of beans for protein.
Vegan Italian Sausage and Peppers Recipe
What you need to know about this vegan Italian sausage and peppers recipe is that it’s extremely delicious, it’s ready in 30 minutes, and it makes great leftovers!
This Italian sausage and peppers recipe is loaded with flavor from the tomato paste, garlic, onions, peppers, and my new favorite ingredient –> smoked paprika! I’ve been obsessed with smoked paprika lately and I’ve been putting it on everything. I can’t believe that I’ve been cooking for the last 6 years without it! It has such a delicious flavor by itself, just wait until you taste it with the tomato paste, garlic, and onions! It’s heavenly!
This Italian sausage and peppers recipe is loaded with healthy veggies and satisfying brown rice. It’s like healthy comfort food that your whole family will love! We love it so much that I added it to our monthly meal plan!
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Is This Italian Sausage and Peppers Recipe Really Spicy?
No, I don’t thinks this Italian sausage and peppers recipe is overly spicy. My husband and I both love the amount of heat, it’s juuuust enough that you feel it just a little right after you swallow. Of course, you can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper to your liking or omit it completely if you’re making it for the kiddos.
With all of the other flavors in this Italian sausage and peppers recipe, I really don’t think that you’ll miss the heat it’s just a nice extra kick of flavor at the end.
I hope this 30-minute Italian sausage and peppers recipe becomes a family-favorite recipe at your house too! Enjoy!
Spicy Italian Sausage and Peppers Recipe (Vegan)
- 2 + 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 large bell peppers, sliced
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 5 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2-2 cups vegetable broth (Depending on how saucy you like it)
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1 4-pack vegan sausage, sliced
- 5 cups cooked brown rice
- In a large pan, saute the onions, peppers, and garlic in 2 tbsp of olive oil for 8-10 minutes or until soft.
- Add the tomato paste, smoked paprika, cumin, Italian seasonings, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper to the veggies. Mix to combine and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
- In a separate medium pan, cook the slices of vegan sausage in 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat until they're lightly browned on each side (about 2-3 minutes). Make sure you watch it because they brown quickly. Set aside.
- Add the vegetable broth and bring it to a low simmer. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cooked brown rice. Mix well to coat everything in the sauce.
- Add the cooked vegan sausage slices to the pan. Stir to combine and serve with a garnish of parsley.
- If you don't like spicy food then you should omit the cayenne pepper.
- f you don't want to use vegan sausages in this Italian sausage and peppers recipe you could substitute pan-fried or crumbled tofu, sliced tempeh, or any variety of beans for protein.
If you make this vegan Italian sausage and peppers recipe, please share your picture on Instagram and tag @StaceyHomemaker so I can see your delicious creation!
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