Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers Recipe - Authentic Italian Cuisine

Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers

Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers Recipe - Authentic Italian Cuisine
Region / culture: Italy | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 70 minutes | Servings: 4


Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers
Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers

Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers is a classic Italian-American dish that is hearty, flavorful, and perfect for a comforting meal. This recipe combines spicy Italian sausage with sweet bell peppers and red wine for a delicious and satisfying dish.


Sausage and peppers is a traditional Italian dish that has been enjoyed for generations. It is believed to have originated in southern Italy, where sausage was a popular ingredient in many dishes. The combination of sausage and peppers was brought to America by Italian immigrants and has since become a staple in Italian-American cuisine.


How to prepare

  1. Remove the stems and seeds from the peppers and cut them into large chunks.
  2. In an ovenproof baking dish that can be used on the stovetop, sauté the green peppers in oil until they begin to soften.
  3. Sprinkle them with a little salt.
  4. Lift the green peppers out of the dish and set them aside.
  5. Brown the sausage in the same baking dish.
  6. Once browned, add 0.75 cup of red wine.
  7. Cover the pan with foil and bake the sausages in wine in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 40 minutes.
  8. Ovens may vary, so cook until the sausage is no longer pink.
  9. Uncover and add the sautéed green peppers.
  10. Bake for another 30 minutes and serve in the same dish.


  • Try using sweet Italian sausage for a milder flavor.
  • Add onions and garlic for extra flavor.
  • Top with grated Parmesan cheese before serving.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use a good quality Italian sausage for the best flavor.

- Sautéing the peppers before baking them with the sausage helps to bring out their sweetness.

- Cooking the sausage in red wine adds depth of flavor to the dish.

- Be sure to cover the baking dish with foil to keep the sausage moist while it cooks.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the sausage and peppers over pasta or with crusty bread for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

Sauté the peppers before baking to enhance their flavor.

- Cover the baking dish with foil to keep the sausage moist while it cooks.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use any color bell peppers in this recipe.

- Use turkey or chicken sausage for a lighter version.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the sausage and peppers ahead of time and reheat before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the sausage and peppers in a rustic baking dish for a cozy and inviting presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

This dish pairs well with a side salad or roasted vegetables.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

350 per serving


5g per serving


25g per serving


20g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This dish is rich in vitamin C from the bell peppers.


This recipe contains pork sausage.


This dish is high in protein and fats, making it a satisfying and filling meal.


Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers is a classic Italian-American dish that is easy to make and full of flavor. This hearty and satisfying meal is perfect for a cozy dinner at home.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was immediately drawn to it. It was a simple yet flavorful dish called Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers. As a young girl growing up in an Italian-American household, I was always surrounded by delicious food and the art of cooking. My grandmother, Nonna Maria, was a wonderful cook and she passed down her love for cooking to me.

I remember the day I first learned how to make Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers like it was yesterday. It was a hot summer day and Nonna Maria had invited some friends over for a backyard barbecue. As I helped her prepare the food, I noticed a handwritten recipe card tucked away in her recipe box. It was labeled "Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers" and I was intrigued.

Nonna Maria noticed my interest and with a smile, she explained that she had learned this recipe from a dear friend who used to work at a restaurant where Frank Sinatra was a regular. Apparently, Mr. Sinatra loved this dish so much that he requested it every time he dined there. Nonna Maria's friend was kind enough to share the recipe with her and now she was passing it down to me.

The recipe called for Italian sausages, bell peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and a blend of herbs and spices. It seemed like a simple enough dish to make, but Nonna Maria emphasized the importance of using high-quality ingredients and cooking with love and care.

As we cooked together that day, I watched Nonna Maria work her magic in the kitchen. She effortlessly sliced the sausages and peppers, minced the garlic, and sautéed everything in a skillet until it was perfectly cooked. The aroma that filled the air was intoxicating and I couldn't wait to dig in.

When the dish was finally ready, Nonna Maria served it over a bed of creamy polenta and we all sat down to enjoy a delicious meal together. The flavors of the sausage and peppers melded together beautifully, creating a dish that was rich, hearty, and full of warmth. I could see why Frank Sinatra loved this dish so much.

From that day on, Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers became a staple in our household. Whenever we had guests over or simply wanted to enjoy a comforting meal, we would whip up a batch of this dish. It never failed to impress and always brought smiles to our faces.

Over the years, I have made Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers countless times. I have tweaked the recipe here and there, adding my own touches and variations. Sometimes I like to add a splash of red wine or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for extra flavor. But no matter how I make it, the dish always reminds me of that special day with Nonna Maria in the kitchen.

As I sit here now, reminiscing about that day, I can't help but feel grateful for the culinary traditions that have been passed down to me. Cooking has always been a way for me to connect with my heritage and honor the memories of my loved ones. And Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers will always hold a special place in my heart, reminding me of the love and joy that food can bring.


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