Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Make a delicious meal of Sausage and Peppers in minutes using the Instant Pot! Cooked with tomatoes and Italian herbs, this Instant Pot sausage is perfect for eating on hearty rolls.


  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 5 Mild Italian Sausage links, about 1 ¼ lb
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 cans (10 oz each) Rotel Tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning


  1. Turn Instant Pot on "SAUTE." Allow to get hot then add olive oil to pot. Slice sausage links in half and add them to hot oil.
  2. Cook for about 2 minutes per side, for up to 6 minutes.
  3. Turn Instant Pot off, add in water. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up the bits of meat stuck to the bottom of the pot, this is called deglazing. See note below.
  4. Add sliced peppers, sliced onion, Rotel tomatoes and italian seasoning to pot, do NOT stir.
  5. Secure the lid and make sure the valve on top is set to "SEALING". Select "HIGH PRESSURE" for a cook time of 7 minutes.
  6. When cook time ends, allow pot to naturally release pressure (don't touch anything) for 10 minutes. After the ten minute natural release, move the valve on top to "VENTING" and do a quick release of the pressure.
  7. Open the lid and give everything a stir.
  8. You can choose to serve as is on hoagies or french rolls with provolone cheese, or thicken the sauce. To do this, remove the sausage links and turn pot on SAUTE and add several tablespoons of tomato paste. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Return the sausage to the pot and serve.


  • When deglazing the pot, make sure as you run the spoon along the bottom there are no particles stuck to the pot, or you could get the burn notice. Deglazing the pot will take a minute or two!
  • To make this "saucier" swap out a can of Rotel tomatoes with a can of tomato sauce instead.
  • Want it less spicy? Use two cans of plain diced tomatoes instead of Rotel.
  • Want it MORE spicy? Use hot Italian Sausage instead of mild. Or use the hot Rotel tomatoes instead of original.
  • Want it cheesy? Fill french rolls with sausage and peppers, top with slices of provolone cheese and stick under the broiler until cheese is melted.
  • Cut down on the sodium by using NO SALT Rotel tomatoes.
  • Recipe tested in 6qt Instant Pot.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 707mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 19g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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