Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Soup

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Soup: Everything you love about the classic dish remixed into a positively DELICIOUS soup! Less mess; more yum!

Sausage Pepper and Onion Soup

I thought I was seriously living on the edge when I turned my favorite Italian Sausage Pepper and Onion hoagie into the cheesiest of grilled cheeses.

You guys remember that one right? It was a beast! Ever since that sandwich, I’ve been a sausage, pepper, and onion fiend.

Until now.

Now you’re going to need a straight-jacket to pry me away from this flavor combo.


Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Soup :: everything you love about the classic dish - in a positively DELISH soup!

Continuing along with my penchant for turning comfort food classics into slurpable soups, I give you the most amazing sausage, pepper, and onion soup.

I wish you all could smell how amazing my house smells right now. The aromatics off this pot are EPIC and so is the in-your-face flavor of this dish!

I took my go-to soup base [a combination of veggie broth and fire-roasted crushed tomatoes] and added delicious partially-caramelized onion, an array of tasty bell peppers, and the perfect amount of oomph from my favorite, local, hot Italian sausage.

Toss in a little smashed garlic, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and OMGWHYAREYOUNOTMAKINGTHISRIGHTNOW!?

It’s because I’m still talking, isn’t it? I’ll shut up now.

Sausage Pepper and Onion Soup Bowl

Sausage Pepper and Onion Soup

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Soup :: everything you love about the classic dish - in a positively DELISH soup!
5 from 1 vote

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Soup

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Soup: Everything you love about the classic dish remixed into a positively DELICIOUS soup! Less mess; more yum!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 281 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 3-5 large links hot Italian sausage
  • 1.5 yellow onions sliced or diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper diced
  • 3/4 large red bell pepper diced
  • 3/4 large orange or yellow bell pepper diced
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (smashed and minced)
  • 3.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • homemade croutons seasoned with olive oil garlic powder, salt and pepper
  • freshly grated mozzarella and/or pepper jack cheese
  • fresh chopped parsley
  • Add the croutons, the cheese, or both! The soup is also phenomenal all on it’s own! This recipe is both paleo and gluten-free sans toppings.


  1. Before you begin: You’ll be able to belt out your prep-work while your sausage cooks and your onions start to caramelize away. Once you pile everything together, you’ll then have enough time to let it simmer on the stove, allowing all the awesome flavors to meld and intensify. A little multi-tasking goes a long way!
  2. First decide how you’d like your onions! Sliced onions will give the soup a French Onion Soup-esque feel to it while diced onions will be uniform with your peppers and a bit easier to fit on the spoon. I went with sliced, both will work fantastically.
  3. Bring a large pot to medium heat with 2 TBSP of olive oil and add your onions. Stir to coat and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir often.
  4. While your onions are cooking, chop your peppers, mince the garlic and prep the remainder of your ingredients.
  5. Cook sausage via your favorite method.
  6. I boil mine for about 20 minutes while the onions get all gorgeous and golden.
  7. Keep stirring your onions to prevent sticking/burning. Once they start to semi-caramelize and take on a golden hue, add your bell peppers, garlic, salt, and black pepper, then allow them to simmer away until the peppers are tender.
  8. Once they’ve softened, add the vegetable broth, crushed tomatoes, and sliced sausage [which should be done by now!] and reduce heat so the soup is gently bubbling/simmering.
  9. Prep you toppings while the soup simmers and the flavors deepen.
  10. Give it a taste, and if you’d like a little burst of heat to the soup, add the red pepper flakes. They’re not essential but I LOVE the kick!
  11. Serve piping hot with your choice of extras + toppings and dig in!

Recipe Notes

Recipe yields approx 2.5 quarts of soup and serves 6-8.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on choice/amount of toppings and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 1174mg51%
Potassium 430mg12%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1415IU28%
Vitamin C 65mg79%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try this sausage pepper and onion soup recipe, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

hungry for more?

Serve this soup as is, or pair it with a hot and melty grilled cheese sandwich or some fresh crusty baguette.

Another awesome side dish option would be to serve your soup alongside a leafy green salad like my healthy Broccoli Kale Salad or a fresh Tomato and Cucumber Salad.

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  • This soup looks incredibly warming, comforting and delicious. Definitely perfect for the weather right now.. great recipe!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Thalia! I’m so glad I stocked my freezer with it!

  • This sounds perfect – i love the idea of swapping the sandwich for soup!!

  • I just….I wonder what will happen to the day you produce a bad recipe.

    Never gonna happen. You my friend, need a cookbook. Yesterday.

    • Jenn

      You da best! How on earth would I find the time to belt out one of those bad boys? GAH! It’s my dream, friend! Someday I’ll be able to juggle it! Thanks for making my day, as always

  • MCM Mama

    Yum! this is making my little dairy and wheat free heart all aflutter (and my husband will be happy to add the cheese to make it even better!)

    • Jenn

      Yessss! I’m so glad you both will be able to enjoy the soup! <3 That makes MY heart flutter!

  • Yuuuum!! I don’t remember the last time I cooked with sausage. Maybe it is time.

    • Jenn

      It’s totally time =)

  • oooo yum! this soup looks ideal for dipping some nice, soft bread into!

  • 5 stars
    omg. i can’t even look at those pictures without wanting to drool all over the place! love sausage and peppers never EVER thought to make a soup out it. or a grilled cheese! making both of these – thanks for sharing this awesomeness!!!!!!

    • Jenn

      I can’t wait for you to try it Amanda! Hope you fall in love with both recipes as much as I have! <3

  • jillian

    yep this sounds amazing!

  • I’m dying over the colors here! Fabulous. And I can totally relate to having an “assistant.” I have many a photo with little hands lingering in the shot. Sometimes cute, sometimes creepy. 😉

    • Jenn

      YES! Equal parts creepy and cute!

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