Sausage & Pepper Heroes with Sautéed Kale

You'll save the day when you make these sausage & pepper heroes for your hungry family.

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Laura Wright
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
35 min


  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 2.5- to 3-oz all-natural mild or spicy Italian chicken or turkey sausages
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 1 28-oz jar or box unsalted diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 4 tbsp unsalted tomato paste
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1⁄2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 4 whole-grain sausage rolls or hamburger buns, toasted


  1. Mist a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium. Add sausages, onion and 1⁄2 tsp pepper flakes and sauté, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add 2 cloves garlic and sauté until fragrant and softened, about 1 minute. Add bell peppers and sauté for 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and their juices, tomato paste and oregano. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened and sausages are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in basil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat oil on medium. Add mushrooms and sauté until just softened, about 4 minutes. Add remaining 1⁄2 tsp pepper flakes and 2 cloves garlic and sauté for 1 more minute. Add 1 cup kale and sauté for 2 minutes; repeat with remaining kale, adding in 1-cup increments and cooking for 2 minutes between each addition.
  3. Divide sausages and pepper mixture among rolls or buns and top each with 1⁄4 cup kale mixture. Serve remaining kale mixture on the side, dividing evenly.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 sausage & pepper hero and 1/4 of kale mixture
  • Calories 403
  • Carbohydrate Content 60 g
  • Cholesterol Content 50 mg
  • Fat Content 9 g
  • Fiber Content 15 g
  • Protein Content 27 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 556 mg
  • Sugar Content 12.5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g