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Foil Packet Italian Sausage and Peppers
with potatoes / pesto

Active: 25 minTotal: 50 min

A fun way to make these foil packet dinners is by letting everyone customize and fill their packet themselves. If you'd like to adjust the ingredients provided below, just about any vegetables and seasonings can be added to the packets.
Note: Since the ingredients are wrapped tightly in foil, cooking these packets on the grill won’t add a ton of smoky flavor. Just choose the cooking option that’s most convenient - grill or oven.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Basil Pesto:
  • Pine nuts - 2 Tbsp (sub walnuts or pecans)
  • Garlic - 1 clove, peeled
  • Cheese, parmesan (opt) - 1 oz, grated
  • Basil, fresh - 1 1/2 oz
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
Foil Packet Italian Sausage and Peppers:
  • Bell peppers, any color - 2, sliced
  • Onions, medium - 1, sliced
  • Zucchini - 12 oz, cubed
  • Sausage, any type pre-cooked or smoked - 4 links, sliced (chicken sausage works well)
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Potatoes, baby red or new - 12 oz, 1/4” / .6 cm slices
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Italian seasoning - 2 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Foil - for cooking

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Make pesto - (Double if making Thursday’s meal.) (If prepping right before cooking, get grill / oven heating before continuing with prep.) Toast nuts in a dry skillet or frying pan until fragrant and golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Peel garlic cloves (portion for pesto). Place nuts, garlic, cheese (if using), basil leaves, and lemon juice in a food processor. Pulse until all ingredients are well chopped. With food processor running, drizzle in oil (portion for the pesto) until smooth. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Bell peppers / Onions / Zucchini / Sausage / Garlic (portion for foil packets) - Prep as directed. Combine bell peppers, onions, zucchini, and sausage in one container. Store garlic separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Potatoes - Slice into 1/4” / .6 cm rounds.

Make

  1. If cooking on a grill: Move grates as close to the heat source as possible. If using charcoal, you can remove the grates and cook the packets directly on the coals. Heat grill to 500F / 260C degrees.
  2. If cooking in the oven: Heat oven to 425F / 218C.
  3. While grill / oven heats up, toss bell peppers, onions, zucchini, sausage, and garlic with oil (portion for foil packet), Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Set out a square sheet of foil for each serving. Divide potato slices between foil squares. Top with sausage and vegetables. Fold foil up tightly to fully enclose filling. (Note: If using a lightweight foil, it’s a good idea to double wrap everything in foil just to be sure they don’t break open during cooking.)
  5. {grill}: Place the foil packets over direct heat (nestle them right in the coals if using charcoal). Cook, with the lid closed, turning halfway through cooking, until potatoes are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. (Carefully open one of the packets to check for doneness.)
  6. {oven}: Place foil packets in a single layer on a sheet pan. Transfer to heated oven and cook, turning halfway through cooking, until potatoes are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. (Carefully open one of the packets to check for doneness.)
  7. Serve foil packets directly on plates (so that everyone can open them at the table) or transfer the filling to individual serving bowls. Drizzle pesto over top (reserve half if doubled) at the table. Enjoy!

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Reviews

This meal has 40 reviews

Very good and easy on the grill.

By: Lisa
Posted: Aug 25, 2019
Diet: Original

very delicious! I loved it! I doubled the spices just for fun. I will definitely make this one again and maybe even try swapping out the seasonings to make it a different style.

By: Julia
Posted: Dec 04, 2018
Diet: Original

This was very tasty! The process was easy. The most time consuming was prepping the veggies but even that wasn't bad. Will definitely be making this again.

By: Crystal
Posted: Sep 26, 2018
Diet: Original

With peppers from our garden. I did not do the foil packets, and just put everything in the oven. Wonderful!

By: Chantal
Posted: Aug 30, 2018
Diet: Paleo

we enjoyed this. best part was getting the whole family involved in the kitchen - we each assembled and seasoned our own. Loved the pesto!

By: Ron
Posted: Aug 29, 2018
Diet: Original

Got all the veggies out of my garden... SO GOOD!

By: Rebecca
Posted: Aug 15, 2018
Diet: Paleo