This healthy Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers in Tomato Sauce is the perfect Italian Meal and with only 215 calories per serving, it's a meal you can feel good about.
A couple weeks ago, the local beach fire pits opened up for the season and we had the best beach picnic with friends. We were in charge of dessert, I brought a blueberry pie, and they were in charge of dinner and brought the most amazing spicy Italian sausages. Since we were cooking over an open fire pit, we weren't able to make the traditional sausage and peppers. Instead they brought spaghetti sauce and cheese and we couldn't have been happier. Since then I have been thinking of this meal and how to recreate a healthier version at home.
After seeing some slow cooker sauasage and peppers recipes, I decided that was the best way to create a tender sausage and impart lots of flavor from the tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic. Although I love turkey sausage, sometimes it isn't quite as flavorful as its high fat counterpart, so this cooking method adds lots of flavor. Piled high on a roll with melted cheese, served over pasta or polenta, or lightened up on a bed of spaghetti squash - it's a meal you will make over and over again.
Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers in Tomato Sauce
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- 28 oz. canned crushed tomatoes
- 4 U garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 8 U lean Italian turkey sausage (sweet or hot)
- 1 U green pepper, sliced
- 1 U red pepper, sliced
- 1 U onion, sliced
- 1/4 cup basil, chopped
Stir the tomatoes, garlic, chicken broth, vinegar, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the sausages, peppers, and onions, Stir together.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours until sausages are cooked through. Top with basil and season with salt and pepper if needed.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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