An 8x8 casserole dish filled with chopped sausage, eggplant, and peppers.

Greek-Style Sausage and Peppers

Greek-Style Sausage and Peppers, or Spetzofai, is a simple dish of sausage and peppers, simmered in a zesty tomato-based sauce. Your family will love it!

An 8x8 casserole dish filled with chopped sausage, eggplant, and peppers.
Greek-Style Sausage and Peppers

Greek-Style Sausage and Peppers, or Spetzofai, is a simple dish of sausage and peppers, simmered in a zesty tomato-based sauce. Your family will love it!

An 8x8 dish of Greek-Style Sausage and Peppers (or Spetzofai).

I was walking down my little town’s main street yesterday afternoon with a friend, and I noticed that golden light that comes only in the early autumn – it’s an amber that washes everything with warmth and coziness. Looking down at the brick pathway, there were a few leaves that have fallen, and I realized: it’s really here.

We’re in full autumn swing now, and the kids and I are feverishly planning Halloween costumes and my son’s birthday, which is just around the corner. And with life being just so full right now, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for me to share a recipe from my friend Kathy Strahs – you may know her from Panini Happy.

Not only has Kathy started her own publishing company, Burnt Cheese Press, she has launched a new cookbook, The 8×8 Cookbook: Square Meals for Weeknight Family Dinners, Desserts and More—In One Perfect 8×8-inch Dish (affiliate link), which is full of recipes that are perfect for busy families.

The idea behind the book is pretty smart — when you’re feeding a family of 4-6, all you really need is a simple 8×8 baking dish. I love the idea of saving the large 9×13 pans for the bigger gatherings – this way of cooking is definitely more practical and in line with the way we eat!

The 8x8 cookbook by Kathy Strahs - cover image.

Greek-Style Sausage and Peppers, or Spetzofai

When friends from other countries share their traditions with me—particularly those I can eat—I feel so fortunate. My friend Eleni, an investment adviser and mom of two adorable little girls, was born and raised in Greece and has a wealth of amazing Greek recipes.

She is the one who first introduced me to spetzofai—a Greek sausage and peppers dish. So, when I saw this Greek-Style Sausage and Peppers from Kathy’s book, making it was a no brainer for me. All the ingredients we love are in a perfect 8×8 square!

Eggplant and peppers, along with sausage (we prefer spicy, but you can tone it down for your family, as Kathy has) are simmered in a zesty tomato sauce, and served over rice or crusty bread. It’s perfect for these fall weeknights when we are craving something simple and hearty.

A tomato, onion, garlic and a red bell pepper on a wooden surface.

Sliced onion and peppers on a white plate.

Be sure to check out all the wonderful recipes in today’s 8×8 Potluck (see the list below)!

An 8x8 dish of Greek-Style Sausage and Peppers (or Spetzofai) served with crusty bread.


Please visit these wonderful blogs to see what they made from The 8×8 Cookbook!

Find out more about Kathy’s book on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or by following the hashtag #8x8Cookbook.

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Greek-Style Sausage and Peppers

Greek-Style Sausage and Peppers, or Spetzofai, is a simple dish of sausage and peppers, simmered in a zesty tomato-based sauce. Serve the sausage and peppers with rice or crusty bread for an easy autumn weeknight meal!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 467kcal


  • 3 cups cubed eggplant about 1⁄2 large or 1 to 2 Japanese
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 3/4 pound fully-cooked pork or chicken smoked sausages sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper cored and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper cored and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes about 2 to 3 medium
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat the oven to 400°F.
  • Toss the eggplant with salt in a colander. Set the colander over a bowl to catch any moisture that is drawn out from the eggplant for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the other ingredients.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the sausage slices and brown them on both sides, about 4 to 5 minutes. With tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the sausages to a paper towel-lined plate—keep the remaining oil in the pan.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onions and peppers to the same skillet and cook them, stirring occasionally, until they’re tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to an 8x8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the eggplant to the skillet. Cook the eggplant, stirring occasionally, until it’s browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the eggplant to the baking dish.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, and tomato paste to the skillet, and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes, 1 cup of water, oregano, sugar, and pepper, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Pour the tomato mixture into the baking dish. Add in the sausages and carefully stir to combine—the dish will be quite full. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes to allow sauce to simmer and flavors to combine. Serve over rice or with crusty bread.


Recipe from Kathy Strahs, from The 8x8 Cookbook: Square Meals for Weeknight Family Dinners and More--In One Perfect 8x8 Inch Dish (affiliate link) (Burnt Cheese Press, 2015), reprinted with permission.


Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1499mg | Potassium: 852mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1377IU | Vitamin C: 78mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Liz

    I love Kathy’s concept! And 8 x 8 would feed my husband and me for 2 nights—perfect! As is this fabulous Greek sausage and pepper dish!

  2. Kathy Strahs

    It’s perfect for a cool autumn day, right? Thank you so much for all of your support, Liren! Your photography here is absolutely gorgeous.

  3. Brian+@+A+Thought+For+Food

    Isn’t funny how we forget those little things about the changing seasons. Definitely starting to notice them again. This sausage and peppers dish would be a huge hit with the husband. 

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