Italian-Style Vegan Sausage and Peppers

This recipe updates the Italian classic, sausage and peppers, with vegan sausage. It makes a hearty one-dish meal served with pasta, grains, or polenta. Shown above, it’s paired with farro. Mild, pale-green Italian frying peppers that are occasionally available in supermarkets and produce markets make this more authentic, but using common bell peppers works just as well. Italian-Style Vegan Sausage and PeppersServes: 6Ingredients2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil1 package Tofurky or Field Roast vegan sausage, any variety, cut into 1/2-inch slices1 large onion, quartered and thinly sliced2–3 cloves garlic, minced4 large Italian frying peppers, seeded and cut into strips (or substitute 3 large red, green, or yellow bell peppers, or a combination)1/4 cup dry white wine, optional1 (28 oz) can crushed or pureed tomatoes1 tsp dried oregano (or fresh oregano to taste)1 tsp dried basil (or fresh basil to taste)1/2 tsp dried thymedried hot red pepper flakes, to tastesalt and freshly ground pepper, to tastehot cooked pasta, grains, or polenta, optionalInstructionsHeat just enough of the oil to lightly coat the bottom of a large skillet, reserving the rest. Add the sausage and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until all sides are golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.Heat the remaining oil in the same pan. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent. Add the garlic and peppers and sauté until all are soft and golden.Stir in the optional wine, pureed tomatoes, and seasonings. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes.Stir the reserved vegan sausage into the mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at once, spooning some of the sausage and peppers mixture over individual servings of pasta, grains, or polenta, or on its own if you prefer.Photos: Evan AtlasHere are more:This post was originally published on 30 September 2012.

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