Try this super easy way to make Crock-Pot Easy Italian Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches in your slow cooker. Great lunch or dinner recipe for families on the go! Just a few simple ingredients in this recipe that everyone will love!
Slow Cooker Easy Italian Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches
Whenever I need a quick and easy recipe that I can toss in the slow cooker, let it cook away while I am busy doing other things this recipe for Italian sausages and peppers is one of my go-to recipes. It is so stinking easy that you almost don’t need a recipe.
But because this is a food blog…a recipe IS kind of important.
But basically you throw some Italian sausage links (hot or mild…up to you!) into your slow cooker along with some sliced bell peppers and onions, and a jar of your favorite marinara sauce.
Let that all cook away for 6 to 8 hours and then serve the sausage links on your favorite submarine/hoagie roll with some cheese. I like grated Parmesan but I hear that sliced provolone or mozzarella is nice too and ends up being more melty than Parmesan is. But I think the tang and sharpness that Parmesan cheese has is just divine.
My kids really like this recipe too and in fact last time I made it my 12 year old son Liam said that it was “the BEST” and asked for seconds.
I usually serve this with a quickly tossed together salad and usually some chips. Chips are a treat in our house but we adhere to the “everything in moderation” philosophy in life.
Also…this recipe can also be prepped ahead of time as a slow cooker freezer meal…it is SO EASY and I have included the instructions for the freezer meal in the notes section of the recipe below.
And one more thing…if you are on a gluten free diet…look for gluten free options on the sausages and use your favorite GF marinara sauce and serve on GF rolls (Schär and Udi’s both make them).
Equipment Needed For Crock-Pot Easy Italian Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches Recipe:
- 5 Quart, 5.5 Quart, 6 Quart, 6.5 Quart Or 7 Quart
- Large Skillet
- Dry Measuring Spoons
- Cheese Grater (Optional)
Frequently Asked Questions
You can use any type of Italian sausage links that you wish to use in this recipe. If you are serving this recipe to children you may wish to use sweet Italian sausages or mild Italian sausages. If you prefer to add a little spice to the dish cooking up some hot Italian sausages is the way to go.
Some people prefer to have their Italian sausages without the marinara sauce. If that is the case feel free to omit the marinara sauce in this recipe. There is no need to add any additional water or liquid because as the sausages, peppers and onions cook they will release enough liquid to ensure there is a moist cooking environment inside the slow cooker.
This recipe as written without the bun is indeed Keto diet friendly with just 12 net carbs per serving. The formula for calculating net carbs is:
Carbohydrates minus Fiber minus Sugar Alcohols equals Net Carbs
So in this recipe you have 14 carbohydrates minus 2 grams fiber and zero sugar alcohols. So the net carbs in this recipe is 12.
Because ingredients can vary greatly you may be able to get the net carb count even lower by using a more keto diet friendly marinara sauce.
As for buns or rolls, you can use keto hot dog buns or use lettuce leaves to make a lettuce wrap with your Italian sausage.
More Italian Slow Cooker Recipes To Try!
- 5 Quart Slow Cooker Recipes
- Entrée Recipes
- Freezer Meal Recipes
- Kid Friendly Slow Cooker Recipes
- Pork Crock-Pot Recipes
This post was originally published in March, 2017. We have polished it off and given it an update in September, 2021. We hope you enjoy!