Recipes

Well Fed, Flat Broke: Sausage And Peppers

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Recipe perks: No nuts, dairy or soy. Quick to cook – you can have this on the table in about 30 minutes. Serves four.

sausage ingredients

Beer-braised sausage and peppers

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • 4 to 6 Italian sausages

  • 2 lbs. bell peppers, any color, halved and cut lengthwise into strips

  • 1 large onion, halved and cut lengthwise into strips

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds

  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp. coarse salt

  • ½ tsp. dried oregano

  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes

  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

  • 12 oz. bottle of beer, such as an amber ale or a pilsner

  • Chopped fresh basil

Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, and quickly brown sausages. You do not need to cook them through – this is about giving them color. When they’ve been browned on two sides, scoop them out of the pan and set them aside.

browned sausage

Add your bell peppers and onion to the pan. Let them cook for three minutes, and do not stir them. The goal here is to get a little bit of char on some of the veggies; you want deep colour, but fast.

onions and peppers

After three minutes, add the garlic, fennel seeds, paprika, salt, oregano, pepper flakes, and black pepper. Stir to coat the veggies in the oil and spices, and cook another minute.

Add the beer, scraping the bottom of the pan as you do. Turn the heat down to medium, bring the beer up to a simmer, and then add the sausages back to the pan.

Cook the whole thing, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, until the beer has reduced and thickened. Sprinkle with fresh chopped basil.

If you are serving this with pasta, remove the sausages and toss the pepper-onion-beer mixture with your cooked noodles. If you are serving this on sandwiches or over polenta, spoon from the pan and serve as is.

Emily Wight is a working mom, author, and the blogger behind Well Fed, Flat Broke (wellfedflatbroke.com). Her cookbook, “Well fed, flat broke: Recipes for modest budgets & messy kitchens,” from Arsenal Pulp Press is available in stores and online. She is tired.

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(Images: Emily Wight)

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