Monday, February 7, 2011

Dianne's Italian Sausage and Peppers - Featured Reader

Dianne's Italian Sausage and Peppers
I am humbled every day by the membership over on our Facebook page. They are a great group of people, willing to help another reader at the drop of a hat, when someone is in search of a recipe that I don't have up at the site. There are some incredibly talented cooks over there too, many of whom are more than willing to share their tried and true, favorite, and sometimes heritage, family recipes. There are a lot of great recipes that show up exclusively on the Facebook page, some even award-winners, so if you haven't joined us over there yet, you should!

While Deep South Dish has been centered primarily around sharing my own southern recipes, I also want to honor our members and bring some of their recipes outside of the pages of Facebook and email. I decided to start a feature honoring you and your recipes, because bottom line, this site and it's sister Facebook page, are really all about you and us sharing recipes with each other, so that they continue to live on.  If you're a reader here or a Facebook fan and would be interested in being a featured reader here on Deep South Dish, please email me for the details. Really all it requires, is your recipe, a couple of pictures and a bit about you and how the recipe came to be a favorite. That's it!  Dianne Ledet has offered to join us here as our first reader feature. Enjoy!


Hi! My name is Dianne and I am a lifelong Houstonian, having been born and raised in Houston, Texas, where I still live with my retired Cajun husband.  I have three grown children and three beautiful granddaughters. My husband and I are big sports fans, who love the Houston Astros, Rockets and Texans, and... Auburn football! 

I still work full time and while I do love to cook and I enjoy the recipes here at Deep South Dish, I also love recipes with shortcuts – like this one – that I can fix in a snap when I get home after a long day at work.  This recipe for Italian Sausage and Peppers is a re-creation of a favorite from a local Italian restaurant in my hometown. It's one of those incredibly tasty, but super easy recipes, that can be put together quickly.

I use two packages of Italian sausage links and prefer to use one sweet Italian sausage and one hot Italian sausage.

Slice the sausage links about 1/2-inch thick, and place them in a large skillet. Cook, stirring often, until sausage is evenly browned.  Add 1 to 2 medium onions cut into strips, using however much you like, and cook until they are translucent.

Stir in three cups Marinara sauce. I like to use the Buitoni fresh marinara sauce found in the refrigerated section, but Paul Newman’s marinara sauce is also great.

Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower heat to simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Stir in four large green bell peppers, that have been cored, seeded, and cut in strips. Cook for an additional 10 minutes and that folks, is it!

Serve with crusty Italian or French bread. Pillsbury makes a good one that is usually found in the store next to the biscuits and dinner rolls.

Buon appetito! 


Dianne's Italian Sausage and Peppers
From the Kitchen of Dianne Diffey Ledet

2 packages link Italian sausage (one sweet, one hot)
1-2 medium onions, cut in strips
4 large green bell peppers, cored, seeded, cut in strips
3 cups Marinara sauce
Loaf of crusty Italian or French bread

Slice sausage links about 1/2-inch thick. Place sausage in a large skillet and cook, stirring often, until sausage is evenly browned.  Add onion strips and cook until onions are translucent.

Stir in marinara, bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Stir in peppers and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve with crusty bread.


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Thank you Dianne for sharing your delicious recipe and your beautiful photographs, and for agreeing to be our first Reader Feature!
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  1. Oh Mary,
    This sounds delish!! (as always!!)

    I hope you have a fantastic week. I am your newest FB fan! Although I don't really ever get on, I have it so my blog updates my fan page, at least when I can do get on, I can send ya some ♥♥

    XO, D

  2. OOOh, this sounds super easy and delicious! Can't wait to try it!

  3. Dianne, this sounds wonderful! I know what's for dinner tonight.

  4. Great idea!! And this looks super delish! anne

  5. Looks delicious!!! I love sausage and peppers!!

  6. I am a fan of "one pot" dishes....can't wait to make this!

  7. Thanks everybody - hope you like it!


  8. Wow! Wish I had a plate of this right now!!!

  9. This was really good!! I enjoyed it, just as it was, but my husband and son were wondering where the the hoagie buns were lol.....but, they also really liked it. I do think this would be awesome to put on hoagie buns, with some provolone cheese, or even hot pepper cheese, then baked in the oven!! Thank you for many great recipes!!

    1. You're welcome Lisa! This is really great for those busy days and I can totally see the hoagies too!!

  10. Can see why Lisa J's family wanted to know where were the hoagie buns! A beloved Italian restaurant in Richland WA served this on a fresh crusty Italian hoagie bun, with provolone/ mozzarella melted on top, and a few slices of pepperocini mixed in. It was across the street from work. Boy we loved it! Bun dripping sauce everywhere. Best lunch ever!
    I've been emulating that sandwich for 30 years, and it's evolved into a means of clearing out the veggie drawer. My crew will eat just about any veggie sauteed with those onions in the sausage drippings! No buns? serve over rice. OK, I'm drooling, now I gotta go make this!


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