Teri’s Pressure Cooker Sausage and Peppers

Mild Italian sausages and sweet mini bell peppers pressure cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce.

Teri's Pressure Cooker Sausage and Peppers

Teri, a sweet Pressure Cooker Today reader, loved this recipe so much she shared it with me and said I was welcome to share it with you. She adapted her famous Sausage and Peppers recipe to the pressure cooker and says, “now it’s ready in 29 minutes start to finish rather than 4 hours of simmering.”

Teri's Pressure Cooker Sausage and Peppers Ingredients

When I went to the market to buy the sausages and peppers, I’d planned on buying green bell peppers, but Winco had this cute little bag of colorful mini sweet peppers, and I couldn’t resist buying that instead. I thought they’d be fun for the pictures.

Teri’s family loved her Pressure Cooker Sausage and Peppers recipe, and she loved basking in the compliments.  I served it with pasta, but Teri serves it as a main dish to keep her carb intake to a minimum.

Teri's Pressure Cooker Sausage and Peppers recipe on Pressure Cooking Today.

Making Teri’s Sausage and Peppers in an Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create Teri’s Sausage and Peppers!

Teri suggested making the sausage and peppers a day ahead, then chilling it and lifting off the fat in a big piece before reheating it the next day. I used a turkey baster to skim off the fat.

We don’t generally eat sausages and peppers at our house, but I was really surprised how much my family liked the sausages. The sauce was really flavorful, and I loved how easy the recipe was to make. If you’re a sausage and peppers lover, you’re going to love this recipe. Thanks for sharing it Terri!

Update: Sausage and Peppers are an awesome comfort-food meal. I’ve made a short video to show yow how quick and easy it cooks up in the Instant Pot / Electric Pressure Cooker. 

Yield: 5 servings

Teri’s Pressure Cooker Sausage and Peppers

Teri’s Pressure Cooker Sausage and Peppers


  • 2 19-ounce packages Johnsonville Italian Sausage (10 sausages)
  • 4 large green bell peppers, seeded cored and cut into 1/2 inch strips*
  • 1 can (28 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder (or 4 minced cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning


  1. In the pressure cooking pot, combine tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, basil, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Add sausages to the sauce. Place the peppers on top of the sausage, but don't mix.
  2. Lock lid in place and select High Pressure. Set timer for 25 minutes and press start. When beep sounds turn off pressure cooker and use a quick pressure release to release the pressure. When valve drops carefully remove the lid.
  3. *I substituted a 32 ounce package of colorful mini sweet peppers and removed the stems.


Slightly adapted from a Pressure Cooker Today reader's recipe.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 570 Total Fat: 59g Saturated Fat: 22g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 45g Cholesterol: 123mg Sodium: 1140mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 11g Protein: 44g
Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.
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