Smoked Sausage Skillet with Peppers and Farro

There’s something about the smell of smoked sausage, peppers, and onions that just makes my mouth water. That combination never really gets old. Luckily, there are a million ways to incorporate that delicious combo into different meals. Today I turned it into a quick skillet dinner with the cooked farro that I’ve been transforming all week. This Smoked Sausage Skillet with Peppers and Farro is like a dinner shortcut. It comes together quickly, delivers big flavor, and will keep you full.

If you don’t like farro or can’t find it, don’t worry! You can actually substitute two cups of cooked pasta in this recipe with great results. Or, if you’re more of a rice person, simply make the sausage, pepper, onion, tomato mix, and then spoon it over a bowl of cooked rice. Doing the low carb thing? Well, the sausage, pepper, onion, and tomatoes is quite delicious on its own. I kept stealing spoonfuls of it before I stirred in the farro! :)

Smoked Sausage Skillet with Peppers and Farro

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Smoked Sausage Skillet with Peppers and Farro

When you need a quick and delicious dinner, this smoked sausage skillet fits the bill. Use your favorite cooked grain or pasta.

Total Cost $7.30 recipe / $1.83 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.12
  • 1/2 lb. smoked sausage $2.50
  • 2 bell peppers $2.00
  • 1 yellow onion $0.31
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes* $1.09
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano $0.05
  • Freshly cracked pepper (10-15 cranks of a mill) $0.03
  • 2 cups cooked farro $1.00
  • 1/4 bunch fresh parsley, chopped (optional) $0.20

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the onions and bell peppers. Slice the smoked sausage into 1/4 inch thick medallions.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced sausage and sauté until browned. Drain off the excess fat.
  3. Add the sliced onions and bell peppers to the skillet. Continue to sauté until the onions are soft and transparent.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), oregano, some freshly cracked pepper, and the cooked farro. Stir until evenly combined and allow to heat through (5-7 minutes). Taste and adjust the salt if needed. Serve topped with chopped parsley.

Recipe Notes

*I used diced tomatoes that were flavored with onion, bell pepper, and celery. Plain diced tomatoes will also work, as will fire roasted diced tomatoes.

Smoked Sausage Skillet with Peppers and Farro - BudgetBytes.com

Smoked Sausage Skillet with Peppers and Farro - BudgetBytes.com

Step by Step Photos

Sliced Onion and Peppers

Begin by thinly slicing one yellow onion and two bell peppers. I used green because they were less expensive, but you can use other colored peppers if you prefer.

Sliced Sausage

Also slice 1/2 lb. of smoked sausage. I used pork sausage, but you can use turkey if you prefer. This was “hot” smoked sausage, but it doesn’t have to be. If you WANT spicy, but can’t find hot smoked sausage, simply add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the skillet.

Browned Sausage

Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to a large skillet and heat over a medium flame. Add the sliced sausage and sauté until it is browned. Drain off the excess fat.

Add Peppers and Onions

Add the sliced peppers and onions to the skillet…

Wilted Peppers and Onions

And continue to sauté until the onions are wilted. The moisture from the peppers and onions should help dissolve some of the yummy browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. This is where I’m smelling the smells and going absolutely crazy.

Diced Tomatoes with Celery

Add a 15oz. can of diced tomatoes to the skillet (with the juices). I used diced tomatoes that are flavored with green pepper, celery, and onion, but you could also use a fire roasted diced tomato, or even just a plain jane diced tomato.

Diced Tomatoes Oregano Pepper

In addition to the tomatoes, add 1/2 tsp dried oregano, and some freshly cracked pepper (10-15 cranks of a pepper mill).

Add Farro Heat Through

Finally, add 2 cups cooked farro (or cooked pasta), stir to combine, and heat through. Taste and adjust the salt if needed (I did not add any). The farro will absorb some of the flavorful tomato juices and get all deeeelicious.

Top with Parsley

Top the smoked sausage skillet with chopped fresh parsley just before serving (optional).

Smoked Sausage Skillet with Peppers and Farro - BudgetBytes.com

It’s sooo good (and so easy)!

Smoked Sausage Skillet with Peppers and Farro - BudgetBytes.com

Smoked Sausage Skillet with Peppers and Farro - BudgetBytes.com