Rana's Crock Pot Sausage & Peppers
Adapted from The Spruce Eats
  • 2 pounds sweet or hot Italian sausage
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can of crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 4 fresh basil leaves OR 2 Trader Joe's frozen basil cubes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Additional ingredients for transforming into a Puttanesca sauce:
  • 1 cup red wine (whatever you're drinking with dinner that night!)
  • Olives, chopped or sliced (Rana prefers green Castelvetrano, but any olives will work)
  • Handful of sun-dried tomatoes
  • Red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
  1. Over medium heat in a heavy skillet, cook the sausage until browned, slipping occasionally during cooking time. Remove skillet from the heat and set aside.
  2. Lay half of the onions in the bottom of a 4-quart crockpot then top with half of the bell peppers. Add all of the sausages then do another layer of the onions and peppers along with the bay leaves and garlic.
  3. Add the diced crushed tomatoes, red wine, parsley, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper to the skillet and mix well. Pour the tomato mixture into the crockpot
  4. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours or until sausage is 165º F. Resist opening the lid until near the end of the cook time to check on the sausages.
  5. Once sausage is done, remove the bay leaves. Taste the sauce and add any additional spices to taste if needed.
  6. To adapt the above recipe to make a Puttanesca sauce:
  7. Once the sausage is done cooking, remove them from the slow cooker and slice into rounds.
  8. Add the additional 1 cup wine, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper flakes (if using) and the sliced sausages to the slow cooker.
  9. Simmer in the crockpot until you are ready to serve over the pasta of your choice.
Recipe by This Week for Dinner at https://thisweekfordinner.com/49-rana-diorio-interview-plant-based-eating-hack/