Italian Instant Pot sausage and peppers is a super simple yet amazing dish that is packed with flavor. Not only is it quick and easy and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish, but it tastes like a sausage pizza! It's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
Serve the Italian sausages straight from the pot, melt some cheese on top, or serve on a stadium bun. The instant pot Italian sausage and peppers recipe is also low carb, no sugar, gluten-free, and keto-friendly. It's paleo and Whole 30 if you skip the cheese and used approved sauce.
Sausage and Peppers in Instant Pot
This easy Instant Pot sausage and peppers recipe is one of our favorites and something we make regularly. Not only is it just a handful of basic ingredients, but there's also just something amazing and special about this combination of flavors.
This is a pressure cooker sausage and peppers recipe with sauce, you'll find some recipes out there I'm sure that don't add sauce at all, or use crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce instead of pasta sauce. However, using a marinara sauce is the BEST way to make this recipe!
Why You'll Love This!
- The Instant Pot sausage recipe just takes a few basic ingredients yet tastes incredible!
- You can get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.
- The recipes works for a variety of health considerations and is easy to adapt.
- It's easy to double or triple when you're serving a crowd.
If you're looking for even more sausage recipe then you'll want to check out our slow cooker Italian sausage and peppers, oven baked brats and peppers, and Italian sausage bake. And don't forget the sausage and peppers side dishes!
- Italian sausages ( 1 pkg mild/sweet or spicy)
- red pepper
- green pepper
- garlic salt
- Italian seasoning
- black pepper
- chunky marinara sauce
- Mozzarella cheese (optional)
- buns (optional)
Depending on which brand of Italian sausages you buy, some brands call these mild Italian sausages and other brands might call them Sweet Italian sausages--they're basically the same thing. Just make sure you're buying the uncooked sausages and not pre-cooked.
Personally, we always love to make instant pot sausage and peppers with Johnsonville Italian sausages or the Trader Joes Sweet Italian sausages.
- shredded cheese (mozzarella, Italian, Monterey Jack, or Colby Jack)
- stadium style buns
Rao's is our favorite store bought marinara sauce, it's the closest store-bought sauce that literally tastes like homemade, plus it has no added sugar or any artificial ingredients.
Instant pot sausage and peppers is a super simple recipe to double if you want leftovers, want to freeze a batch, or if you're cooking for a crowd. This is a fantastic recipe for football game days!
To double a batch in a pressure cooker, you'd just cook the Italian sausages on both sides in two batches and then stack them on top of each other in the pot before adding the remaining ingredients.
My husband and I are recent empty-nesters so we just made one batch, which I instantly regretted, even just for 2 people. We seriously could've eaten this for days on end as leftovers!
So what did I do? I made the recipe twice in one week but created the instant pot sausage and peppers recipe, of course! 😉
Step by Step Instructions
I love to make instant pot sausage and peppers since it comes together in 10 minutes and then slow cooks during the day while you're gone. We've also made a crockpot sausage and peppers if you want to try these in a slow cooker! Both methods turn out great.
Turn your Instant Pot to Saute High and preheat your pot.
Once the pot is heated, drizzle some olive oil in the pot to help prevent the sausage from sticking.
Sear the Italian sausages 2-3 mins on each side until starting to brown. You aren't trying to cook them all the way through, you're just browning the outside which always increases the flavor while under pressure.
Press Cancel to stop cooking on the Saute.
Add the uncooked sliced onions and peppers on top of the sausages.
Sprinkle the garlic salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning over the top.
Spread the marinara sauce over the onion and pepper mixture.
**No extra liquid was necessary for this recipe, we used to add 1 cup chicken broth "because we were supposed to" but after numerous tests with 1 cup of broth, ½ cup of broth, and NO broth, the recipe turns out best skipping the liquid entirely since the marinara sauce acts as the liquid.**
Pressure cook the instant pot sausage and peppers for 6 minutes, the peppers and onions should be soft and the Italian sausages will be cooked through.
Natural Release for 5 minutes before do a Quick Release.
The easy instant pot Italian sausage and peppers are seriously SO delicious just the way they are, but to make them even more amazing you can take them out of your instant pot, add a little shredded cheese on top and broil them until the cheese is melted.
Optional - Add Cheese
Sprinkle with your favorite shredded white cheese, I think mozzarella, Monterey Jack, an Italian blend, or Colby Jack would all be great choices. We used mozzarella since that's what we had in the fridge at the time we made up the slow cooker sausage and peppers recipe.
We used about ½ cup+ of shredded cheese for 5 sausages.
Broil the Italian sausage and peppers mix for 1-2 minutes 4" from the heat source until the cheese is melted.
Optional - Serve on a bun with cheese
Many people also love to eat sausage and peppers in a pressure cooker served on a bun like a big messy hot dog, which is so tasty too! I'd recommend toasted the buns slightly before serving, if you want the crockpot sausage, peppers and onions with BOTH cheese and a bun, you'll want to:
- toast the bun and add a little butter to each
- add the instant pot sausage and peppers mix
- sprinkle with shredded cheese
- broil the sausage and peppers in the bun until the cheese is melted, keeping an eye on things so the buns don't burn.
- Serve and enjoy!
More Sausage Recipes
- crockpot sausage and peppers
- baked brats and peppers
- Instant Pot beer brats
- Instant Pot Italian tortellini soup
- Instant Pot pizza soup
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Do I pressure cook on high?
Yes! I'll make sure that's clarified in the post. Enjoy!
My husband and I love, love, love this recipe! I just made it for the first time without the chicken broth and for some reason, our sausage wasn't cooked all the way through and the veggies weren't soft. Would you mind telling me the original recipe? It worked numerous times before for us and we didn't mind the extra water 🙂 Thanks!
Hi Christen! The original recipe called for 1 cup of chicken broth in addition to the marinara sauce. We took it out based on reader feedback. We found in our test the marinara sauce had enough liquid to cook the sausage and vegetables, but you're welcome to continue adding the broth or add 1-2 minutes to the cook time. Thanks for your feedback!
Shelly Lightowler says
November 18, 2020
Made these sausages today-out standing? Very simple to put together quick to cook and great tasting. Passed a couple to a few friends that can’t cook often due to i sickness, they really enjoyed them. Mine did end up very juicy wish they had been more saucy is all