As February started coming to a close, I had this yearning to make easy, flavorful comfort food. Unlike Mr. Prevention, I love sausage — Italian sausage, breakfast sausage, turkey sausage…love it all. Needless to say, it’s not the best for you. That said, turkey sausage has come a long ways and I find it to be a perfectly acceptable and flavorful alternative to the pork counterpart and offers up far fewer calories and significantly less saturated fat.
Outside of the sausage, this recipe contains just a few simple ingredients. And truth be told, I’m a lover of all recipes that call for just a bit of wine. What better excuse to drink wine with dinner mid-week?
Speaking of wine, do you see that there (up above) wine cork? Hilarious. That fine little lady was a Christmas gift from one of my best friends, Megan. I absolutely had to capture a shot of that…it’s just a surprise to me that it’s taken this long.
But anyways, back to the crock. I started this recipe around 10am. I had a small serving before going to teach around 4:30 and it was certainly cooked and ready by that point. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, I assumed husband would turn OFF the crock pot when he got home around 5:30ish and after serving himself up a plate.
When I called at 8:30 on my way home from class, the man thought he was to wait for me to have dinner. I thought this was 1) kind of ridiculous of him to think — this is not the evening routine at all, but 2) really, really sweet. The point of that tale is two-fold.
- When it comes to men — spell it out. Literally. Note, email, text, voicemail…something. If yours is anything like mine, he’s a
littlelot helpless at times.
- This meal can withstand durations in the crock pot. Not to say that it gets any better over time, but if you leave this on for 8 hours – no biggie. It’ll be just fine.
Crockpot Sausage, Peppers & Onions slightly adapted from I Was Born to Cook
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 1/2 lbs hot turkey Italian sausage (about 10 links, cut into 4 pieces each)
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
2 large yellow onions, halved and sliced
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1-15 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup dry white wine
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a skillet and add half the sausage. Cook until brown on all sides, set aside. Repeat with remaining teaspoon of oil and sausage.
Place onions and bell peppers into the crock pot. Top with sausage and remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 5-7 hours. Serve with pasta or bread.
Yield: 7 servings (~6 pieces of turkey sausage with 1/2 cup peppers and onions).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 259 calories; 12.7 g. fat; 79 mg. cholesterol; 647 mg. sodium; 11.7 g. carbohydrate; 2.9 g. fiber; 23.7 g. protein
Result: Packed with spice and Italian flavor, this simple meal is perfect to go with a crusty loaf of bread and a killer glass of wine. A very simple crock pot recipe that is sure to please! Even the sausage-hating hubby liked this one. Enjoy!
I am so glad it’s the weekend! Other than making pancakes this morning, doing some grading and syllabi writing, and working out…I have no plans for the day 😀