Keeping with my style of simple meals, I bring you this uncomplicated and very tasty Crockpot Andouille Sausage and Peppers recipe for one.  Everything except the pasta is fully cooked when the ingredients go into the slow cooker so it’s a very fast slow cooker meal. This recipe is ready in about three hours from prep to table. You will be amazed at how much flavor is in this easy meal!

A small slow cooker is so useful when cooking for one. Try more easy small slow cooker recipes like this easy small slow cooker Goulash , and if you have some leftover peppers, try my favorite comfort food slow cooker stuffed bell pepper for one.

sausage and peppers with Ziti on blue rimmed plate.
enjoy this slow-cooked sausage and peppers

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Ingredient notes and substitutions

ingredients to make slow cooker sausage and peppers in a 3-quart slow cooker.
  • Sausage: Aidell sausages are already cooked and you have a variety of flavors to select from, I love using the spicier Cajun-style chicken sausage or hot Italian sausages. The kind of sausage you use is really up to your taste. You can also use browned ground beef and season it to your taste. If you like extra meat add a third sausage.
  • Tomatoes: My go-to is Pomi chopped, but you use canned crushed tomatoes or even substitute them with your favorite jarred marinara sauce. if you don’t want to open a can of tomato paste for just 1 tablespoon you use a tube of tomato paste.
  • Ziti: The pasta recipe uses Ziti, but using a smaller Penne or even an elbow noodle is perfectly fine. The pasta police won’t come knocking on your door, I promise. 🙂
  • Vegetables: red bell peppers, green peppers, orange bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and garlic are all the sauce needs, however, you can add mushrooms for a little extra flavor.
  • Cheese: You can use all Mozzarella, or add in a little ricotta and sprinkle some parmesan on top before serving.
  • Italian Seasoning: I use red pepper flakes, crushed fresh garlic, and oregano but you can also use a premixed Italian seasoning.

Step-by-Step Directions

cream colored 3-quart slow cooking on high setting.

Step 1: Coat the inside crock of a 3-quart slow cooker with vegetable spray and set aside while preparing the ingredients.

sausage and onions cooking in stainless stee skillet.

Step 2: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and brown the sausage and sauté the onions for about 3 minutes.

sausage onions, and bell peppers cooking in stainless stell skillet.

Step 3: Next, add the green and red pepper, garlic, and oregano and saute for about 4 minutes, the peppers should be just a little tender but not soft.

sausage and peppers in tomato sauce simmering in stainless stell skillet.

Step 4: Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and heavy cream and simmer until sauce begins to thicken about 5 minutes.

sausage, peppers, tomato saucem and ziti simmering in a stainless steel skillet.

Step 5: Stir in the dried Ziti, and stir well to coat the Ziti with the sauce.

sausage and peppers recipe topped with mozzarella in 3-quart slow cooker.

Step 6: Transfer to slow cooker, stir, top with shredded mozzarella, cover, and cook on high for 2.5 hours on high setting. When done, sprinkle with a little mozzarella and serve hot

Different ways to serve sausage and peppers

Sausage and peppers is a classic Italian dish that is typically served over pasta. While there are many different ways to prepare this delicious recipe, the most important thing is to choose a sausage that you enjoy and add lots of peppers.

  • For the peppers, you can either use sweet bell peppers or hot peppers, depending on your preference.
  • Instead of serving over pasta, serve over cauliflower rice, or steamed white rice.
  • For a great dinner Serve with a salad and French bread and a glass of red wine.
  • Slice a hoagie roll and make a sandwich with the sauce, minus the pasta.

Storing Leftovers

The leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. To reheat in the microwave, sprinkle with a little water and reheat for about a minute, continuing in 15-20 second intervals until heated thoroughly.

If you plan on freezing, cook the sausage and peppers without the pasta. Let cool and store in a freezer-safe container for up to one month. When ready to eat, cook the pasta and reheat the sauce in the microwave.

Equipment Used

  • Stainless Steel Skillet: My 10-inch All-Clad Saute pan is beautiful and although it’s pricey, it should last a lifetime. I’ve had it for many years and it still performs great!
  • 3-quart Crockpot: this model is the perfect size for a one or two-person household.

Common Questions

What other types of sausages can I use in this recipe?

You can use a turkey sausage, spicy Italian sausage, meatballs, chicken apple sausage, or a sweet Italian sausage also works nicely.

Can I make this on the stovetop?

Yes, follow the instructions up to the slow cooker point and continue cooking on low in the skillet for another 30-45 minutes until the peppers and nice and soft. Cook the pasta separately and add to the sauce.

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Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

A creamy and spicy Italian comfort food treat. A few minutes on the stove,then transfer to the slow cooker.
4.50 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 726kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 links aidell cajun sausage diced
  • ¼ onion minced
  • ¼ green pepper seeded and sliced into thin strips
  • ¼ red pepper. seeded and sliced into thin strips
  • ¼ orange pepper sliced into thin strips
  • 1 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¾ cups dried Ziti
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¼ cup mozzarella shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Coat a 3-quart slow cooker with vegetable spray.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet and brown the sausage and sauté the onions for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the bell peppers, garlic,red pepper flakes, and oregano and saute for about 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water,and heavy cream and simmer until sauce start to thicken, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the dried Ziti, and stir well to coat the pasta.
  • Transfer to slow cooker, cover, and cook on high for 1 hour 30 minutes hours. Check the slow cooker after 1 hour to ensure the noodles don’t overcook, you may need to cook a little less or a little more time depending on your slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarelly and serve.


  • if doubling the recipe, use a larger slow cooker.
  • your favorite jarred sauce can be used instead of the tomatoes and spices.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 726kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1132mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g
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