1.5pounds sweet or hot Italian pork sausageorganic or pasture-raised meat
3bell peppersseeded and sliced into 1" strips
2large yellow onionstrimmed and chopped
1tablespoonred pepper flakes (optional)
½cup fresh basil leaves+ more for garnish
freshly ground black pepper
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in 12" cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausages to hot oil and sear on all sides, about 5-6 minutes. Remove sausages to a plate. (They will finish cooking in the oven).
Add 1 tablespoon oil to the hot skillet; add onions and peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
Add garlic and basil and cook another minute.
Add sausages back to the pan and toss with peppers and onions and place the pan in the oven for 20 minutes until cooked through or until sausage reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Remove pan from the oven.
Plate and garnish with fresh basil leaves. Serve hot.
This dish serves two for dinner if you're eating it as is. If you make sandwiches, it will serve four.Cook sausage to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.