A metal skillet filled with sausage pappardelle with grated Parmesan on top.
Richard Clatworthy
1 of 8

Jamie Oliver’s Sausage Pappardelle

This sausage pappardelle is made in just one-pan with fresh pasta, sausage, and a luxurious wine-infused tomato sauce, and it comes together in under 30 minutes. It's an easy weeknight dinner that feels worthy of a special occasion.
Recipe

This sauasge papperadelle was delicious and easy to pull together with a minimum of prep.

Lexi
Bowl of cavatelli with turkey sausage, tomato, and broccoli rabe on a table, with a spoon.
John Kernick
2 of 8

Cavatelli with Turkey Sausage, Tomato, and Broccoli Rabe

This cavatelli with turkey sausage, tomato, and broccoli rabe is a riff on the classic sausage and rabe pairing. Healthy never tasted so good.
Recipe
An eggplant timbale with one wedge cut from it on a white plate.
Tina Rupp
3 of 8

Eggplant Timbale

This eggplant timbale, a classic Italian dish, is made with pasta, sausage, beef, peas, and smoked mozzarella encapsulated in an eggplant casing. It’s worth every minute of effort.
Recipe

The timbale has a great appearance, and its flavor has a deep, unctuous character enhanced by the combination of smoked mozzarella and grilled eggplant. A word of warning: just like your kids’ favorite toys on Christmas morning, some assembly is required. Nonetheless, it’s a real crowd pleaser and worth the effort.

Tom G.
Two ricotta calzones with sausage and broccoli rabe, one cut in half, the other whole, on a wire rack.
Carl Tremblay
4 of 8

Calzones with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Calzones are traditional Italian stuffed breads. This calzone with sausage and broccoli rabe happens to be bursting with mozzarella, Parmesan, garlic, and red pepper flakes. It's sort of like a folded-over pizza slice.
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A pan of skillet tortellini with sausage and cherry tomatoes sprinkled with chopped basil.
America’s Test Kitchen
5 of 8

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Cherry Tomatoes

After browning some sausage, the tortellini go directly into the same pan with some water. Once the pasta is tender, cherry tomatoes join the party and soften into a makeshift sauce. A shower of fresh basil makes this pantry meal feel a little fresher and more aromatic.
Recipe

This skillet tortellini and sausage recipe is a staple for me, I make it at least once every other week. This is one of those recipes you can pull together in no time when you don’t know what to make. All ingredients are things I have on hand, and this comes together in one pan, with minimal prep, in 20 minutes.

The flavor is incredible with the spices from the sausage, and the sauce that forms cooking the tortellini in the broth. One of the best recipes I have on hand for a weeknight dinner!

Hilary M.
Two bowls of Italian sausage soup with gnocchi and spinach.
David Leite
6 of 8

Italian Sausage Soup

This Italian sausage soup is a cozy one-pot meal that's laden with sweet sausage, tender gnocchi, spinach, and topped with crispy pancetta. It's perfect winter comfort food.
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A white bowl filled with blue cheese, sausage, and walnut pasta with a fork resting on the side of the bowl.
Bob Carey
7 of 8

Blue Cheese, Sausage, and Walnut Pasta

This blue cheese, sausage, and walnut pasta is rich, creamy comfort food made with walnuts, sweet Italian sausage, pasta, and blue cheese. It's an easy-peasy way to have dinner on the table when you're getting antsy for a quick yet ultra-satisfying meal.
Recipe

I made this blue cheese, sausage, and walnut pasta for dinner last night and I’m so glad that I did as it was absolutely delicious! It was rich and creamy, the perfect dish for a rainy night. The sausage and blue cheese complimented each other so nicely.

It seemed like a very elegant pasta dish however it was quick to put together with little ingredients needed. Even those that may not like blue cheese would enjoy this dish as you can use a milder blue cheese and still end up with a delicious pasta dish. This is definitely going into my pasta dinner rotation.

Aryn S.
A serving platter with four cat head biscuits and gravy and sage leaves to garnish.
Hometown Food Company
8 of 8

Cat Head Biscuits and Gravy

About as “big as a cat’s head,” these classics were born out of a need to make biscuits quickly, but they remain a favorite for their light and tender texture.
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Ground Sausage FAQs

What’s the easiest way to remove sausage from its casing?

Lay the sausage on its side and use a very sharp knife to slice the casing open. Grab the edge of the casing and it should come away from the sausage easily.

What can I Substitution for Pork Sausage?

I get it. Not everyone wants the heaviness of pork all the time, but you like all those great dishes that make it shine. Oftentimes, I swap in seasoned ground turkey or chicken sausages. They’re lighter, less fatty, and uncannily taste like the real thing!

Can you freeze cooked sausage meat?

Definitely. Cooked, crumbled sausage can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before using. Use it on sausage pizza, mix it into savory breakfast muffins, or add it to a cheese omelet.




About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.


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