Gluten Free Sausage and Peppers Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on July 8, 2010

I received an email from a reader a while ago that I found a little disturbing. The reader said she was married to a great guy from an Italian family and every time she went to dinner at the mother in law’s house (which was every week!) the mother in law made a big deal out of her not eating gluten. She was constantly trying to get her to “just eat a little, it won’t kill you” and taking offense when she politely declined. There was also very little offered at these dinners that was gluten-free.

My advice? I told her to take the gun, leave the cannoli.

Ok, not really.

Good manners aside it IS dangerous to “just eat a little” gluten if the body can’t tolerate it. If you don’t believe me read here to see what the Simply Gluten-free medical consultant, Dr. Vikki Petersen, has to say about this.

My real advice was to educate the mother in law and to bring some safe, gluten-free Italian food she can eat and share.

One of my favorite dishes to prepare for a crowd is sausage and peppers. Easy, flavorful and comforting, especially when served in a big bowl of creamy polenta, sausage and peppers are sure to win over even the most hardened of mother in laws. And if not, then I default to my earlier advice about the gun.

I have scaled this recipe down to a normal family sized dinner but if you need to feed a crowd or impress your Italian mother in law, the recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, etc. (BTW if you have a Costco membership they sell big quantities of gluten-free Italian sausage that are both delicious and very reasonably priced if you ever decide you need to feed the neighborhood!)

Gluten Free Sausage and Peppers Recipe


4 gluten-free Italian sausage links (hot, sweet or a combination of both)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow or white onion, cut in half and then thinly sliced
Salt & Pepper to taste
3 bell peppers – red, yellow green or a combination, seeded and cut into strips
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated with a microplane grater
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
½ cup gluten-free chicken broth, tomato sauce or dry white wine
Handful Italian parsley, chopped – for garnish
Parmesan Cheese, grated – optional (omit for dairy free)


Remove the casings from the Italian sausages and cut or tear into 1 inch pieces.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the sausage pieces until browned on all sides, stirring to ensure proper browning. This may take 5 or 6 minutes. Remove the sausage pieces and set aside.

Add the onions to the pan, stirring to coat with the oil. Season with a few pinches of salt and a little pepper. Cook until the onions have started caramelizing and softening, about 15 minutes. Add the sliced peppers, garlic and Italian seasoning and cook until the peppers soften, about 5 minutes or so. Return the peppers to the pan, add the chicken broth, tomato sauce or wine and cook until the peppers have heated through and the liquid has reduced, about 5 minutes or more. Adjust seasoning with some more salt and pepper if needed.

Serve over gluten-free pasta, rice or polenta topped with chopped parsley and parmesan cheese if desired. These also make delicious, hearty sandwiches stuffed into toasted gluten free sandwich rolls.


This Gluten Free Recipe Serves 4 – 6 People.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

What a great tip for your reader :) And a great recipe for a dish to take along for the whole family to share :)


Aubree Cherie July 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Wow, this looks really good! I struggle with Italian food as well; because I used to live by it and now I can't. This would be a great way to still enjoy the flavors without the pasta though!

(LOVE the Godfather reference :D)

~Aubree Cherie


Monkey Momma July 9, 2010 at 9:48 am

Aubree Cherie, there are plenty of great rice, corn and quinoa pastas out there that can satisfy that pasta craving. Just look around some of your local health food sections in stores, or health food stores. Even our local Kroger and Tom Thumb (Safeway) carries them.


I Am Gluten Free July 9, 2010 at 11:57 am

How easy and delicious! And a great all around recipe. Thanks!


The Short (dis)Order Cook July 13, 2010 at 10:35 am

I do love sausage and peppers and I love polenta. How can this not be a winner?

It's funny that you mention that "just a little" mentality. Weaning off the gluten has not been easy for the husband and me and we find ourselves in frequent "cheats". Oddly enough, even though I have thought he was the one with the problem since he has every symptom known to man, I find when I do a cheat, my stomach often feels wrong. I feel as if I swallowed a rock, or else I am in the bathroom too much (trying not to be TMI here). I think I'm the one who should lay off the gluten!


Anonymous July 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm

There was such a sad beginning to this post, but it definitely had a wonderful ending :). I made this the other day for my family, and all of them not being allergic to gluten except for me, still loved it. I must admit that I added an extra ingredient, which were these pre-seasoned chickpeas from the brand Tasty Bite. The chickpeas added an extra protein-boost to the dish as well as a yummy, smoky flavor. It was delicious. I definitely recommend doing this and checking out the rest of their products, of which almost all are gluten free. Thanks for the great recipe!

Reply July 14, 2010 at 6:07 am

This recipe looks great. I have such a hard time with "food pushers." Folks always try to get me to eat things that do not agree with me & it bugs. Big time. I keep out of their stuff they need to keep out of mine.
Anyway, this would for sure be on my meal plan :) xo


Tasty Eats At Home July 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm

This sounds like the ultimate GF comfort food. Yum! I sincerely hope that your reader can change the minds/hearts of her not-so-sympathetic family members!


Bariatric Nutrition July 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your site and this post. You make some very informative points. Keep up the great work!


Valerie December 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Another family favorite Carol! A wonderful comfort dish on our “wintery” Florida nights.


Carol Kicinski December 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Thanks Valarie – yep we need to warm up on our cold winter nights here :)


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