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Skinny Italian sausage and peppers

Brooke Griffin is the CEO and Founder of Skinny Mom, a digital publishing and commerce company where moms "get the skinny" on healthy living.

The savory sausage and bold peppers will take your taste buds on an exciting roller coaster ride. Every bite of this dish is bursting with flavor!

Skinny Italian Sausage and Peppers

Italian sausage and peppers is a traditional Italian recipe that's often loaded with excess fat and calories. To enjoy the traditional flavor with a skinny twist, we cut the excess fat and created a lower-fat version that is especially great when you're looking to make a low-carb, high-protein dish. You can also use this recipe to rev up your next-day lunch by making an extra serving with which to load up a low-carb, high-fiber wrap. Hello, delicious!

Skinny Italian sausage and peppers

Skinny Italian Sausage and Peppers

Yields 4 servings, 1 cup per serving


  • 1-1/4 pounds lean, spicy Italian turkey sausage
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tricolored bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15 ounce) can basil, oregano and garlic diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 12 basil leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan-Reggiano

Skinny Italian Sausage and Peppers


  1. Preheat the broiler. Pierce the sausages all over with a fork, arrange them on a baking sheet and broil for about 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. They should be golden brown but won't be fully cooked. Transfer the sausages to a cutting board and cut 3/4-inch pieces on the diagonal.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers and onion. Cook until the onion is slightly golden brown and the peppers are soft, for about 5-8 minutes. Add the garlic, rosemary, red pepper flakes and salt. Cook for 1 minute, continuing to stir. Remove the pepper mixture and place it in a large serving bowl.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, water and basil leaves. Add the sausage and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the sausage is done, for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Combine the sauce and sausage with the pepper mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated. Garnish with basil.
Nutrition information per serving: 368 calories, 19 grams of fat, 1,497 milligrams of sodium, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, 32 grams of protein, 9 Weight Watchers points.
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