Friday, October 5, 2012

Italian Sausage with Peppers & Onions

This can be made with Field Roast brand Italian Sausages or Tofurkey makes a good one, too (even though I hate that name). I find Field Roast brand vegan sausages at Whole Foods or health food co-ops, Tofurkey can be found at most large grocery stores. I recommend seeking out Field Roast brand because I think it's the best, but if you can't find it this is still really good with Tofurkey. We love this meal so much that we made it for Christmas last year, it's that gooooood.

This batch was made with Tofurkey brand sausages.

1 package of vegan Italian flavored sausages, sliced 1/2" thick 
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt & black pepper
1 large yellow or white onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 c. tomato paste
3/4 c. vegetable broth
Chopped fresh basil or Italian parsley to garnish (optional)

1) Heat a little olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet, preferably cast iron, and add the sliced sausages. Cook on the first side until browned, about 5-6 minutes. Flip and brown the second side, this will take 3-4 minutes (add a little more oil if necessary).

2) Remove the sausages and set aside. Preheat a bit more oil to the pan and add the sliced onion and a pinch of sea salt, about 1/4 tsp. Cook until the onion is beginning to soften, about 5-7 minutes.

3) Add the peppers and cook about 5 minutes longer.

4) Add the sausages back to the pan along with the tomato paste, vegetable broth, another pinch of sea salt and several dashes of back pepper. Bring the liquid up to a boil and dissolve the tomato paste. Add a little more broth if the pan dries out. Cook for about 3-5 more minutes, you want it to be saucy but not super liquidy.

This makes 4 servings. Garnish with chopped fresh basil or Italian parsley if desired.

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