Instant-Pot Sausage & Peppers


Yellow and green peppers, tomatoes and sweet onion come together in the Instant Pot and make this classic sandwich pop with flavor. Cooking sausage and peppers in your Instant Pot makes this even easier for a busy weeknight. While green peppers are classic, any color bell peppers will work well.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 (12 ounce) package hot or mild Italian chicken sausage

  • 1 large white onion, sliced

  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 large garlic clove, minced

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon no-salt-added tomato paste

  • ½ (15 ounce) can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes

  • 4 Italian sandwich rolls, split and lightly toasted

  • ¼ cup torn fresh basil


  1. Select Sauté setting on a programmable pressure multicooker (such as Instant Pot; times, instructions and settings may vary according to cooker brand or model). Select Medium temperature setting; heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add oil and sausage to the cooker. Cook until browned, turning halfway through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from the cooker and set aside. Do not wipe the cooker clean.

  2. With the heat still on Medium, add onion, yellow pepper and green pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomato paste, and cook, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the cooker to release all browned bits, for 1 minute. Stir in crushed tomatoes and return the sausages to the cooker. Press Cancel.

  3. Cover the cooker and lock the lid in place. Turn the steam release handle to Sealing position. Select Manual/Pressure Cook setting. Select High pressure for 5 minutes. (It will take 12 to 15 minutes for the cooker to come up to pressure before cooking begins.)

  4. When the cooking is finished, carefully turn the steam release handle to Venting position and let the steam fully escape (the float valve will drop; this will take 1 to 2 minutes). Remove the lid from the cooker.

  5. Using a slotted spoon, evenly divide the sausage, onions and peppers among rolls. Top with basil. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

374 Calories
13g Fat
39g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 374
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Vitamin A 620IU 12%
Vitamin C 83mg 92%
Folate 21mcg 5%
Sodium 843mg 37%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 14mg 3%
Potassium 225mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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