This Instant Pot Italian Sausage Bell Pepper Sauce tastes like it’s been slow cooking all day. It’s a fork-tender, easy recipe!
Sausage and peppers is one of my family’s favorite dinners. Ironically, I rarely make this meal for them.
That is, until I started testing recipes for Instant Pot Italian Sausage Bell Pepper Sauce. This recipe, like so many other recipes for the Instant Pot, is a game changer.
Fork-tender sausage that tastes like it's been simmering for hours!
It's life changing and takes a fraction of the time.
Making this Italian Sausage recipe is very easy and only takes a few steps - best of all, it’s contained to one pot.
I love to brown the Italian Sausage in the Instant Pot first, then I add in the garlic, onions, and peppers to brown for a minute. Sprinkle in the herbs and use a silicone spatula to scrape up the brown bits.
Next, you'll add in the tomato paste and mix well, then add in the diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes. Give it a good mix, then it's time to close the lid and let the Instant Pot do its magic.
Because this is a sauce, once the sauce is done cooking you'll want the pressure to release naturally for at least 10 minutes. Then, carefully force the pressure from the Instant Pot.
I have tested this recipe a few times and I found 10 minutes was a good amount to cook. I typically will only cook 5 minutes for my family of four.
If I'm entertaining, I'll keep the same amount of sauce and just up the amount of Italian Sausage. I use mild Italian Sausage, but if you like spicy you can most definitely use hot Italian Sausage.
This recipe makes a lot of sauce. I love to have extra sauce, because then it allows me to freeze the remaining for a future meal.
All the well-developed flavors, and best of all you just defrost and have a delicious sauce for another dinner. You can freeze the Italian Sausage and sauce together.
If you actually have leftover sausage (which never happens in my house), I would cut the sausage into 2-3 inch pieces. Always defrost in the refrigerator the day before, then reheat in a saucepan on the stovetop until piping hot.
I like to serve this meal with pasta, fresh Italian bread, and salad. However, you can also make Italian Sausage subs.
If you are looking for a healthier low-carb option, you can serve this on top of zoodles.
If you are looking to use your Instant Pot more and want to add an easy dinner to your meal plan make this recipe for Instant Pot Italian Sausage and Bell Pepper Sauce.
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