My Peperonata recipe

Peperonata is an easy and delicious dish made with yellow, green and red bell peppers and onions. Thanks to its versatility and sweetness, you can either eat it alone, or use it as an ingredient for other meals, as a sauce for a pasta, as a side dish, cooking it in the oven with a roasted chicken and even put it in a burger.

You can make it and freeze it in small portions and reuse later during the months, which is something i actually do for all the year along.

This recipe is fully vegan, there’s no really need to put anything but olive oil, onions and peperoni in the pot, and some tomato sauce. (And if you like it a little sour like me, also a little wine or vinegar).

If you like it sweet you can use red onions, otherwise you can use white or yellow ones. I’d rater use red not to put any sugar into it and later correct the sweetness with some white wine and vinegar. I totally LOVE sweet-sour taste.

Intrigued? I hope so! This is my own recipe of peperonata, but many variation can be found around. I personally love to use more onions than the standard, slice the peperoni around half an inch, and cook them slowly with the tomato sauce. And when I have it, I also put some scallot. I don’t like the taste of green peperoni, so usually go for red and jellow. Oh, and did I tell you I LOVE it sweet-sour? 😛


  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 6 red an yellow bell peppers
  • 2 red onions
  • 3 ladles of tomato sauce
  • 1 scallot [optional]
  • Salt
  • Optional: A glass of white wine (and/or half a glass of white vinegar depending how sour you want it)


Sautè one clove of garlic in olive oil for 5-10 minutes, at very low heat.

Meanwhile, slice the onions of 1/4 of an inch and add them to the pot. Cook for 15 minutes, or until the onions becomes soft and translucent.

While the onions cook, clean the belly pepper by removing all the seeds and the white membrane inside. Slice them around an inch.

Add the belly peppers to the pot, mix them with the onion and sautè with a glass of white wine, then cook for 10 minutes, until the alcohol from the wine evaporates. Then add hot tomato sauce and cook for 20-50 minutes depending from the size of the belly pepper slices.

At the end you should have a sauce with the bell pepper still in big chunks and the onion stripes (some of them broken in pieces). Adjust of salt and pepper and cook for just another 5 minutes, until it reaches the consistence you want.

I personally like to let it cool down ad put it in the fridge for a night before eventually warming it up and consuming, to allow all the tastes to blend in a beautiful way, but you can also consume it right now, in a pasta, or with a slice of toasted bread.

Again, try it with sausages (the sweet and sour taste is perfect with them) or even with a burger. Or even better plain, as a side dish.

You can freeze the peperonata in containers in small portions, and reuse them later.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. I must have read your mind Alberto…. I just finished making a pot of my own peperonata!!! Lorelle 🙂

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    1. Alberto says:

      How wonderful is it? How do you make it, just onions and bell peppers? I’m curious, it’s not a common dish abroad.. 🙂

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      1. Red peppers. Sometimes a mix of red and yellow. I grill them first and then peel the skin off and slice. Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil on a pan. Throw in peppers and fresh tomato with basil and let simmer for a little while. Soooo yummy. 😉

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      2. Alberto says:

        Yum!!! Good idea to peel the peppers, makes it more digestible. 😉

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