My Father’s Italian Sausage and Peppers, but Vegan

I feel if you decided to try a plant-based diet, you shouldn’t miss out on foods that you love. The world of alternative meats has improved ten-folds over the years. I make it a mission to re-create dishes that I would eat back in the day and make them meatless. This dish is special because I used my father’s recipe and adapted it to be vegan-friendly. I have stated this before about mock meats, they are easier to cook because there is nothing raw. You are basically heating the Tofurky up, it’s a time saver. Get ready to make a healthy and easy meal.


This is before the oven. (Source: Lisa Castrichini)


4 Golden potatoes

½ of Sweet Onion

3 peppers (I like to eat the rainbow: Red, Yellow, & Orange)

1 package of Tofurky Italian Sausage

1 Tbsp. Canola Oil

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

½ Tbsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Pepper

½ cup of White Wine

French bread optional (I like to eat it like a sandwich)


I hate cutting Onions, but I will for this dish. (Picture: Lisa Castrichini)


  1. Rinse the potatoes and cut them into quarters.
  2. Get a mixing bowl and put the potatoes in with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Toss the mixture together.
  3. Put potatoes into a skillet and cook them until they have some brown showing.
  4. While the potatoes are cooking, cut the peppers and onion into strips.
  5. Place Canola Oil in a pan and let it heat for a couple of minutes. Then place peppers and onions in and sauté until they are tender.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350
  7. Remove peppers and onions and set aside. Cook the Tofurky for 5-7 minutes.
  8. In a baking dish, pour white wine and cover the bottom of the dish. I usually cut the sausage into bite size pieces and then put them in the baking dish. Add everything into the baking dish.
  9. Place in oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Either make it into a sandwich with French bread or eat it as is.

The finished product! (Picture: Lisa Castrichini)

The Italian sausage does have a kick to it, so if you don’t want spicy, try buying the plain version of Tofurkey. This dish does have a lot of stages, but it is worth the hard labor. I would recommend making this meal, and inviting some people over because it yields a lot for just a couple of people. It might be a good dish to show people who are on the fence of a plant-based diet, that meatless dishes can taste good. What other meals have you adapted to making it more plant-based friendly?



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