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Sausage, peppers and onions in a white dish sprinkled with parsley.

Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch & Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers is a hardy meal with a rich and flavorful sauce. Serve this meal over rice, pasta or in a hoagie roll for the perfect easy healthy dinner the whole family will love. 


  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
  • 12 ounces precooked smoked sausage / Italian sausage / kielbasa, cut on a diagonal in your preferred size
  • 4 bell peppers of any color (I used 2 red and 2 yellow here), seeds and stem removed and cut into 1/2 inch thick strips
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced into 1/2 inch thick strips
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 14.5 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes with or without green chilies (I used green chilies here)
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken or beef bone broth or stock
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté mode, add the avocado oil and heat for 2-3 minutes before adding the sausage.
  2. Brown sausages on all sides then using tongs and transfer the sausages to a plate and set aside.
  3. To the oil remaining in the pot, add the bell peppers, onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour the bone broth / stock into the pot to deglaze and use a wooden spoon to scrap up any bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, salt and black pepper and stir all the ingredients together in the pot.
  6. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock. Set the steamer valve to sealing and select high pressure / manual for 7 minutes. (Or 5 minutes for crisper veggies or 10 minutes for very soft veggies.)
  7. Once the cooking time is complete, quick release the pressure. (Be ready, the veggies do get mushy fast if you forget about them.)
  8. Once the metal pin drops remove the lid and add the sausage back into the pot with the veggies and sauce.
  9. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.
  10. Serve over rice, pasta or hoagie rolls. Eat and enjoy!

Keywords: instant pot sausage and peppers, gluten free, whole30, healthy,

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