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Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

Posted Jun 06 2014 12:42am
Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

(Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Cooking Day 192 – Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers)

I love sausage and peppers. It’s a classic Italian American dish that’s been a favorite since I was a kid.

This is my first time making slow cooker sausage and peppers. Unbelievably easy and delicious, it won’t be my last!

Skinny on Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

Using Italian style turkey sausage keeps this recipe light and healthy. I used sweet Italian-style turkey sausage. But you could use hot or a combination of sweet and hot if you prefer.

If you like your sausage and peppers spicy, add 1/2 teaspoon or so crushed red pepper flakes.

I served it for dinner over pasta with a big tossed green salad.

According to my calculations each serving (including pasta) has 299 calories and *8 Weight Watchers Points Plus.

This would be delicious over polenta or in a hoagie/sub/grinder roll too.


Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers
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Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers is a family favorite. Serve with your favorite tossed green salad for an easy, healthy satisfying dinner.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 8
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced ½-inch thick
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced ½-inch thick
  • 1 large onion, sliced into ¼-inch thick half moons
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 pounds uncooked Italian-style turkey sausage, cut into 2-inch chunks (sweet, hot or a combination of both)
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ pound whole wheat pasta, cooked (for serving)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional (for serving)
  1. Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 5- or 6-quart.
  2. Coat the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add the tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, garlic and oregano. Stir well to combine. Add the sausage and stir again.
  3. Cover and cook on low until the vegetables are very tender, 6 to 8 hours on LOW or 3 to 4 hours on HIGH.
  4. Just before serving, stir in the balsamic vinegar and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Serve over pasta with grated Parmesan, if desired.
  6. Servings: 8
Martha's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 cup sausage and peppers and ½ cup pasta): 299 calories, 10 g fat, 35 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 21 g protein and *8 Weight Watchers Points Plus

Optional additions: 1 tablespoon sugar to balance acidity of tomatoes, 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste if the crushed tomatoes seem really runny. For a spicier sauce add ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.

Source: Slightly adapted from

*PointsPlus® for slow cooker sausage and peppers calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

If you liked slow cooker sausage and peppers:

Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Sausage
Quick & Easy Italian Sausage and Peppers Recipes
Skinny Pasta with Sausage, Peppers, Onions and Mushrooms

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