I’ll readily admit that over the past two years I have become more than a little obsessed with freezer cooking, and with developing new recipes that my kids and husband will love. But seriously, what’s not to love? Not only are they quick & easy to throw together, but they also save us a ton of money on groceries (and especially on eating out.)  Better yet, they make our sometimes hectic weekdays SO much simpler! There is nothing better than knowing at the end of a crazy day that dinner is waiting for us in the crockpot!

So yes, I’m obsessed. You’re just going to have to bear with me.

To be perfectly honest, I was a little nervous about how these slow cooker sausage and peppers would turn out, but they were a HUGE hit. There is some prep cooking required for this recipe but it is so worth it!

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Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers Prep

To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the sausage, sauce, peppers & onions into multiple bags, then throw it right into the freezer.

Gather the ingredients for these yummy slow cooker sausage and peppers: onion, tomatoes, spices, butter, peppers and of course, sausage.

Here is what you need:

2-3 20 oz. packages mild Italian sausage
2 large onions, sliced
4-5  green bell peppers, sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
29 oz can tomato sauce
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
4-6 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper
1 drop Oregano Vitality Essential oil (optional)
Italian bread (cooking day only)

Slice the onion on a cutting board.

Step 1: Chop onion and set aside.

Slice the green peppers into thin strips.

Step 2: Slice green peppers into strips; set aside.

Brown the Italian sausages in a frying pan.

Step 3: Brown sausages in a pan with 2 tablespoons of butter. Then remove sausage from pan and cut into thirds and set aside.

Saute the peppers and onions over medium heat.

Step 4: Place 2 more tablespoons in pan and add peppers saute until softened. Then add last 2 tablespoons of butter and saute onions till softened.

Spoon the tomato sauce with spices over the top of the peppers and onions in a mixing bowl.

Step 5: In a large bowl, mix together sauce, crushed tomatoes, red pepper flakes, Oregano Vitality Essential oil and peppers and onions.

Spoon the sausage, pepper and onion mixture into large freezer bags.

Step 6: Divide sausage into 2-gallon size freezer bags ( be sure to label bags first.) Divide sauce mixture over top sausage.

Heat the sausage, peppers and onions in the slow cooker when you're ready to enjoy.

Step 7: Thaw if frozen; cook in crockpot on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours; until sausage is cooked all the way through. (Note-don’t worry if your sausage isn’t all the way thawed. It can also cook from frozen, it might just take a little longer.)

Serve these delicious sausage and peppers along side crusty bread to soak up that delicious sauce!

Step 8: Serve with sliced Italian bread and enjoy!

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SLOW COOKER SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS

This classic Italian dish comes together so quickly and will taste like you spent hours in the kitchen.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2-3 20 oz. packages mild Italian sausage
  • 2 large onions sliced
  • 4-5 green bell peppers sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 29 oz can tomato sauce
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 4-6 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 drop Oregano Vitality Essential oil optional
  • Italian bread cooking day only

Instructions

  1. Chop onion and set aside.
  2. Slice green peppers into strips;set aside.
  3. Brown sausages in a pan with 2 tablespoons of butter. Then remove sausage from pan and cut into thirds and set aside.
  4. Place 2 more tablespoons in pan and add peppers saute until softened. Then add last 2 tablespoons of butter and saute onions till softened.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together sauce, crushed tomatoes, red pepper flakes, Oregano Vitality Essential oil and peppers and onions.
  6. Divide sausage into 2 gallon size freezer bags ( be sure to label bags first.) Divide sauce mixture over top sausage.
  7. Thaw if frozen; cook in crockpot on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours; until sausage is cooked all the way through. (Note-don’t worry if your sausage isn’t all the way thawed. It can also cook from frozen, it might just take a little longer.)
  8. Serve with sliced Italian bread and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Preparation time: 5-10 minutes. Cooking time: 5-6 hours on low in crockpot or 2-3 hours on high. Number of servings (yield): 4-6.

Slow cooker sausage and peppers: an easy freezer-to-crockpot recipe.

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Ruth Soukup
Ruth Soukup is dedicated to helping people everywhere create a life they love by follwing their dreams and achieving their biggest goals. She is the host of the wildly popular Do It Scared podcast, as well as the founder of Living Well Spending Less® and Elite Blog Academy®. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including Do It Scared®: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Obstacles, and Create a Life You Love, which was the inspiration for this book. She lives in Florida with her husband Chuck, and 2 daughters Maggie & Annie.
Ruth Soukup