stuffed sausage and peppers

Stuffed Sausage and Peppers

May 20, 2022 8 Comments

Put a new spin on an old classic with these delicious stuffed sausage and peppers.

Stuffed sausage and peppers

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

This stuffed sausage and peppers recipe is a new fun way to serve an old classic.

I love sausage and peppers. My mom used to make this dish often for my family when I was growing up in Jersey.

stuffed sausage and pepper

I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve had it. What I can tell you is that it’s always been served the same way.

Well, slight variations but mostly sausage, peppers, onions and tomato sauce. Either on a roll or served alone.

That’s the fool proof formula.

stuffed sausage in baking dish

Over the last year or two I’ve been seeing this awesome trend where people are stuffing their sausage with mozzarella cheese.

Why have I not thought of this?!?It makes so much sense when you think about it.

peppers and onions over sausage

I guess when you’re used to eating something a certain way and it’s great you’re not really looking for ways to improve it.

I’m just glad someone had the bright idea for this food experiment that I’m now benefiting from completely.

It’s crazy how adding something small like mozzarella cheese can change everything.

finished stuffed sausage and peppers

I absolutely love this stuffed sausage and peppers recipe.

I know if you try it, you’ll love it, too.

What should I serve these stuffed sausage and peppers with?

What to serve this recipe with is up to you.

If you’re looking for a good keto or low carb recipe then serve this alone or with a nice big salad.

garlic bread

If that’s not a lifestyle you’re following the options are endless.

You could always serve this along side some classic garlic bread or cheesy garlic bread.

Any pasta or white rice would be fantastic here. There’s plenty of sauce that could be spooned over once the sausage is done baking.

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And of course don’t underestimate the delicious power of a nice big roll. Stuffed sauage and pepper sandwiches

What sausage should I use?

Any variety of Italian sausage can be used for this recipe. Either hot or sweet.

Chicken sausage would work well here, too.

stuffed sausage in baking dish

I actually prefer hot but usually choose sweet when I’m cooking for a group.

Feel free to do a mix of half and half if you’d like, too.

Do I have to use mozzarella cheese?

Mozzarella cheese is a great pick for this dish but of course the choice is yours.

string cheese

String cheese especially makes stuffing the sausage super easy.

Luckily if you want some variety there are a lot of different flavors they come in nowadays.

string cheese placed in sausage

So pick whatever you would really like.

What tomato sauce should I use?

If you have a homemade or jarred tomato sauce that you like, use that.

tomato sauce

If you’re on the hunt for an incredible homemade basic tomato sauce recipe, mine is fantastic if you’d like to give that a try.

I actually used a jar of Rao’s Homemade for this recipe.

tomato sauce going into baking dish

Any jarred sauce would do just fine here. Choose your favorite.

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Stuffed sausage and peppers ingredients

stuffed sausage Ingredients
  • Italian sausage (sweet or hot)
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks
  • White/ yellow onion
  • Bell pepper
  • Tomato sauce jarred or homemade
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper


First, add some tomato sauce to the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.

tomato sauce in baking dish

Next, slice the sausage down the middle long ways. Be sure not to break through to the other side. Just make the cut about half way deep

sliced sausage

The take a string cheese and place it in the slit.

sausage being stuffed with a string cheese

Now wrap the sausage around the cheese.

wrapping sausage around string cheese

Place the cheese stuffed sausage side by side into the baking dish slit side up.

stuffed sausage in baking dish

After that, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the peppers and onions and season them with salt and pepper.

pepper and onions in skillet

Now sauté them until they’re soft. This should take about 3-5 min.

sautéed peppers and onions in skillet

Then place the sautéed peppers and onions on top of the stuffed sausage.

peppers and onion over stuffed sausage

Next add more tomato sauce to the top of the peppers, onions and sausage.

sauce goin on top of sausage and peppers

Cover the baking dish with tin foil and bake at 400° for 45 minutes or until the sausage is cooked all the way through.

oven set to 400 degrees

Serve hot over pasta, rice or in a roll & enjoy.

finished peppers and onions

Stuffed sausage and peppers recipe video

Stuffed Sausage and Peppers

Just by adding some cheese gives an awesome new spin on an old classic.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: baked sausage and peppers, stuffes sausage and peppers, sutffes sausage


  • 1.5 pounds italian sausage, hot or sweet
  • 8-10 mozzarella string cheese
  • 1 24oz tomato sauce, homemade or jarred
  • 1 large bell pepper, any color- sliced
  • 1 large onion, white or yellow- sliced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Line a 9x 13 inch baking dish with about a half a cup of tomato sauce
  • Slice the sausage down long ways about half way deep. Be sure no to cut all the way through.
  • plave a string cheese inside the sausage slit. Wrap the rest of the sausage around the string cheese
  • place them side by side seam side up in the baking dish
  • in a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the sliced peppers and onions
  • season them with salt and pepper and sauté until the vegetables are soft. This should take about 5 minutes
  • pour the peppers and onions on top of the stuffed sausage. Add the rest of the tomato sauce to the top.
  • cover the baking dish with tin foil and bake for about 45 minutes or until the sausage as cooked all the way through.
  • Serve hot alone, over rice, pasta or in a roll.
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Dot May 21, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    So excited to try the stuffed sausage and peppers!! Looks amazing! Thanks for posting

    • Al Dente Diva May 22, 2022 at 12:48 am

      It’s always my pleasure! I hope you like it

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  • Joe June 21, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Do you leave the casing on the sausage?
    Can this be made a day in advance?

    • Al Dente Diva June 21, 2022 at 2:51 pm

      Hi! Yes I left the casing on but I know some people removed it and it came out great. It absolutely can be make in advance too!

  • Anne August 11, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you for this recipe, it was a hit!

    • Al Dente Diva August 12, 2022 at 12:32 pm

      I’m so glad!! Thanks for letting me know ☺️

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