Instant Pot sausage and peppers makes everyone in my family happy! Not only is this meal super easy to make, but you can add whatever other flavors to jazz it up even more. instant pot sausage and pepeprs

I’ve been wanting to make Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers for a while now, but I have been trying to figure out the right way to do it. Of course, I looked at different recipes and I just didn’t like them…or the directions were just a little too vague.

I FINALLY came across a recipe with great directions. I modified it for my own likings because it was a Sausage & Peppers with Pasta dish, but it was so super easy enough to transform it a little bit without the pasta. However, her recipe looks fabulous and is a total must try in my book.

Easy Instant Pot Sausage & Peppers Recipe! Super delicious, and the best you will ever make!

If you enjoy my instant pot sausage & peppers recipe, then you’re definitely going to love my Instant Pot Tex Mex Chili recipe!

My Family Loves Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers

The Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers recipe was a huge hit with my family last night when I made it! Don’t tell my nephews, but they totally ate up the onions and peppers. The Instant Pot made the onions so translucent, and they literally dissolved when you took a bite.

The best part? These were the most moist and delicious sausage links that I have totally ever made. Every bite was filled with a tender piece of sausage that melted on your tongue. It was ridiculous, and so much better than in my slow cooker!

Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers Recipe Is Flexible

Now for the recipe! After the recipe, I have a visual guide to help you along the way. I love me some visuals. They’re a great way to know that you’re on point with the recipe and not just guessing around.

You can add in your own favorite jars of sauce, or maybe you have some of your own fresh sauce ready to go!

You can add in:

  • red pepper flakes
  • Slap Ya’ Mama cajun seasonings
  • fennel seeds
  • tobasco
  • different colored bell peppers
  • parmesan cheese (at the end to add more texture and creamy flavor)

Yield: 6

Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers


  • 1 package of Sweet Italian Sausage Links (Approximately 2 pounds or 14 links)
  • 1 28 oz can of Crushed Italian Tomatoes
  • 1 15oz can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 Large Sweet onion (or 2 medium onions) sliced
  • 3 Large Red Bells Peppers (cored and sliced)


  • With your IP on Sauté, heat olive oil and add minced garlic. When the garlic becomes just a little golden in color, add your sausage links. Brown the sausage links on different sides to add color and release flavors. This should take about 5-7 minutes in total.
  • When your sausage is done, add in the onions, peppers, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and all other ingredients on top. You do NOT need to stir. The IP is going to do it's job!
  • Put your IP on Manual Mode for 26 minutes. It could probably use a little less time, but I'm a little on the crazy side of life when it comes to cooking pork based products.
  • When the time is up, do a QR.
  • Release the lid and give it a nice stir to finish melding the flavors together. Smells and looks amazing!
  • Instant Pot Sausage & Peppers Recipe Visual Guide

    Easy Instant Pot Sausage & Peppers Recipe! Super delicious, and the best you will ever make!


    Easy Instant Pot Sausage & Peppers Recipe! Super delicious, and the best you will ever make!
    I gave the onions and peppers a nice thick cut. I didn’t want them to disintegrate in the IP
    Easy Instant Pot Sausage & Peppers Recipe! Super delicious, and the best you will ever make!
    I didn’t even stir it, and this is what it looked like upon completion!

    Easy Instant Pot Sausage & Peppers Recipe! Super delicious, and the best you will ever make!

    You can see the chunks of peppers & onions are still there, but they melt with every bite! You know how the casing around the sausage can be somewhat chewy? There wasn’t even any of that! It was like the sausage casing didn’t even exist.

    Easy Instant Pot Sausage & Peppers Recipe! Super delicious, and the best you will ever make!

    I hope you enjoyed my recipe, and let me know when you make it and how you enjoyed it! Also, let me know if you made any other tweaks. I would love to try it!

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    I love creating fun, easy, and delicious recipes for everyone in the family to enjoy and make. With my family of 9 (11 if you count my two pups!), I have to make meals for all different tastes and in a short amount of time. When I'm not busy cooking, I'm taking care of my special needs sister, Angela..which you can read all about our journey!


    1. I just made this but doubled up on the dried basil and used canned diced oven roasted tomatoes instead (couldn’t find crushed). It was simple and delicious! The pressure cooker made everything literally melt in your mouth. Thank you for the awesome recipe and I’ll definitely be making it again.

    2. I honestly could not believe how well this turned out. Making a full recipe of this gets me a solid 4-6 meals with some pasta and has become one of the major reasons to justify getting an IP. Thanks!

    3. I’m going to try this tonight, but I’m new to the Instant Pot, so this may be a dumb question. When you say, Do a QR, what do you mean?

      • It means to do a “Quick Release” of the pressure of the Instant Pot. So you would turn the top nozzle to the open position instead of closed. Hope this helps!

    4. I made this for our friend’s huge Labor Day BBQ (over 100 pax) and it was a huge hit! At least 5 strangers sought me out to thank me (lol, felt like I was running for office) for bringing this dish. I’ll take that as a compliment since we live in Chicago and people know their Italian Sausage here. Winning! 😉

    5. Good recipe. I used four Italian sausage cut in half and a 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes cause that’s what I had on hand. You’re right, casing disappeared and veggies are so tender. I served with pasta (rotini). Thank you, yum!

    6. This just finished cooking in my instant pot and it is delicious. I had one and a half pounds of sausage which I cut into thirds, and the only thing I changed was cooking it for 25 minutes. It was so nice to not have to clean up a mess on my stove, or set off the smoke detector !

    7. Hi! Any way to add pasta and water to this? Not sure how much water to add for 1 lb pasta. Any help would be great!

      • It depends on how much pasta you want to make. I would probably add an additional cup of water for 1 1/2 cups of pasta. 😀

    8. This was excellent! I did make a few minor changes. I used 1 pound of sausage, stayed with the suggested amount of peppers and onions, added a cup of sliced mushrooms, additional garlic and a splash of red wine. I halved the amount of crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce but left the suggested amount of seasonings the same, adding 1/4 cup of fresh basil from my garden in the end

    9. i am using chorizo and mushrooms for a little more of a kick!

      everyone loves the regular recipe in my family, just want it super spicy for this one

    10. Just made this and it came out great! Freezing the left overs, and also freezing some of the sauce by itself for pasta. Thank you for this quick, delicious recipe!!

    11. I made these for dinner last night and they were fantastic. Perfect flavor!
      I used 2 pkgs of Italian sausage which equaled 10 links…there was almost too much sauce when it was done….do you think I could halve the crushed tomatoes? Would that be enough liquid for the pot to come to pressure?



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