Give a quick Italian flair to today’s lunch or dinner with these Italian sausage recipes!
From sausage burgers and breakfast casseroles to pizza and pasta, the possibilities are endless.
I think Italian sausage is such an underrated protein. This savory and smoky meat is the easiest way you can add oomph to any dish.
Plus, since it tastes great whether on its own or added to other ingredients, you won’t run out of recipe options where Italian sausage is involved.
So, the next time you do your grocery shopping, be sure to hit the refrigerator section, get two to three packs of this tasty bad boy, and try these recipes when you get home.
1. Sausage and Rice Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed bell peppers are legendary.
A colorful mish-mash of ingredients creates a flavorful stuffing, which is used to fill sweet and crunchy, tri-colored bell peppers and baked to perfection.
Talk about delicious, am I right?
Now, imagine adding bits of Italian sausage to the mix. What already is a mouthwatering dish now becomes even more phenomenal!
2. Sausage and Peppers
Here’s another recipe that highlights the wonderful combination of Italian sausage and peppers.
This is a colorful and festive dish ideal for the holidays, but it’s also easy enough to make any day.
That’s the great thing about this sheet pan recipe. Just throw all the ingredients in the pan and let the oven take care of the rest.
But, as easy as it is to make, it’s also quite stunning. Just look at how bright and vibrant it is!
Plus, the flavors are awesome. The combination of spices and red wine really amp up the taste of the sausages, onions, and peppers.
3. Loaded Italian Sausage Burgers
These Italian sausage burgers will be wolfed down in no time. That’s just how delicious they are.
It’s no question that hamburgers are awesome.
But Merriam-Webster will have to come up with a totally different word to describe just how seriously tasty these guys are.
To start off, the burger patties are made with Italian sausage. That alone says a lot.
Then, the burgers are filled with roasted red bell peppers, pepper rings, Provolone cheese, and fresh basil.
Stuffed in between two halves of a chewy kaiser bun, this burger will give you an unforgettable dining experience.
4. Italian Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Start your day the best way possible with this Italian sausage breakfast casserole!
A perfect mix of potatoes, sausage, onions, broccoli, cheese, chives, and eggs, this casserole has everything you need to fuel your mind and body for the day.
More importantly, it’s dangerously delicious. This is the kind of breakfast you can’t just have one slice of.
5. Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Italian Sausage Broccoli Rabe Onions and Peppers
Gnocchi are small, round, pasta dumplings made with potatoes and flour.
With a soft, pillowy, and silky-smooth texture, these little dumplings are to die for.
They’re great enough even with just a simple butter and basil sauce.
But throw some Italian sausage, bell peppers, veggies, and cheese into the mix, and they’ll transform into a holiday-worthy dish.
6. Italian Sausage Meatballs
Meatballs are always a hit in my household. Seriously, how can you go wrong with balls of meat?
I mean, these guys are so darn addictive, even in their purest form.
Now, just imagine how much more savory and smokey those balls will be if instead of beef, pork, or turkey, you used Italian sausage instead.
They’re mind-blowingly delicious, to say the least.
7. Easy Sausage & Herb Stuffing
Stuffing is a staple during the holidays. Whether you use it to fill chicken or turkey, or enjoy it by itself, you can’t go wrong.
The only problem I have with it is how tedious it is to make.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are the busiest seasons of the year, so who has the time to slice and dry out bread?
Thankfully, you can count on store-bought stuffing cubes to pull off this particular recipe.
This simplified version only calls for 10 minutes of prep, and into the oven, it goes.
8. Sausage Gravy
Looking for the richest and creamiest gravy to drizzle on top of your fried chicken, biscuits, and breaded steaks? Look no further – this one’s the winner.
This is a thick and buttery bechamel sauce seasoned with herbs and spices and loaded with Italian sausage. My goodness, I’m already salivating.
While gravy is not meant to be eaten on its own, I bet you’ll want to with this one.
9. Fried Sausage Stuffed Olives
Pitted green olives are stuffed with Italian sausage, battered, and deep-fried to golden perfection.
If you plan on serving a new appetizer at your next party, let it be this.
Trust me, these morsels will be your newest favorite.
Dunk these crunchy and savory treats in a sour cream or cheesy dip, or just snack on them on their own. They’ll be addictive, either way.
10. Air Fryer Sausage
While it makes a great addition to a variety of dishes, Italian sausage is perfect even on its own.
I love it for breakfast, lunch, dinner – heck, I sometimes eat it as a midnight snack, too.
If you can’t get enough of this juicy treat, either, you’ll have to learn how it’s cooked! Fortunately, it’s very easy, especially if you have an air fryer.
11. Italian Sausage Dip
This Italian sausage dip is a must-have at all parties. I tell you, this dip will not be eaten, it will be scoffed.
A combination of Italian sausage, cream cheese, canned tomatoes, and pepperoncini, this dip is so addictive I suggest you double the recipe, at the very least.
In fact, I don’t even think you need chips, crackers, or crudites! Just grab a spoon and enjoy.
12. Tuscan Sausage Pasta Recipe
If hearty, tasty, and easy is what you’re looking for, this recipe perfectly fits the bill.
It’s a mix of pasta, roasted bell peppers, spinach, cream, and sausage, so it’s undeniably delicious.
The fact that it all comes together in one skillet and just 30 minutes makes it a perfect addition to your menu rotation.
13. Skillet Italian Sausage and Peppers
It looks good, smells great, and tastes like perfection. Here’s yet another one-skillet dish that will absolutely blow your taste buds away.
Italian sausage, tri-colored bell peppers, and onions are cooked in a rich tomato-based sauce.
It’s a simple dish, but it’ll surely hit the spot. I know what I’m making for dinner tonight!
14. Broccoli Sausage Soup
Broccoli soup doesn’t exactly sound like the most appetizing dish, but hear me out.
As boring as broccoli is on its own, it turns into a delectable appetizer when combined with Italian sausage and a creamy broth.
It’s so good, don’t be surprised to find even kids inhaling one bowl after another!
15. Rigatoni with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Zucchini
Here’s another pasta dish for your Italian cravings.
In this recipe, you’ll combine the goodness of rigatoni, Italian sausage, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, and cheese.
Yes, it’s exactly as refreshing and delicious as you’ll imagine it to be.
16. Italian Sausage Quesadillas
Regular, cheese-filled quesadillas are awesome, but Italian sausage quesadillas are the bomb.
We’re talking about cheese and sausage sandwiched between two layers of tortilla bread. How can you go wrong?
Here’s a bonus: this dish comes together in just 30 minutes! What a perfect recipe for busy weekdays and nights.
17. Italian Sausage White Bean Soup
Whether you’re allergic or just trying to stay away from milk, this soup is for you.
Despite being dairy-free, this soup is bursting with richness and flavor.
How can it not be, when it has loads of bacon, Italian sausage, and cannellini beans?
18. Grilled Sausage With Peppers and Onions
Fire up the grill, it’s time to treat your taste buds to some smoky and savory delights.
Barbecues and burger patties are both must-haves at any American summer backyard party, but how about giving it a bit of Italian flair?
All you’ll need are some Italian sausage links and there you go. Throw in some bell peppers and onions for the complete experience.
19. Butternut Squash and Italian Sausage Lasagna
If you’re not new to my blog, you know just how much I love lasagna.
But while I absolutely love its traditional flavors, I’m not one to say no to new iterations, either.
This version of lasagna uses butternut squash and Italian sausages to give the dish a unique flavor.
It’s a different take on the classic, for sure, but it’s one that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
20. Italian Sausage Quiche
Here’s another delicious breakfast to start your day with.
This quiche is filled with a savory egg custard studded with Italian sausage, cherry tomatoes, and cheese.
Talk about a breakfast of champions! It’s hearty, meaty, cheesy, and everything you can ask for in a morning meal.
21. Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers
Don’t have the time and energy to whip up a complex dish? Let the slow cooker take care of dinner for you.
Sausage, mushrooms, and bell peppers swim in a delectable tomato-based sauce. It’s ridiculously delicious but also easy to make.
It’s very versatile, to boot! You can enjoy it as-is or use it as a pasta sauce. You can also pour it over mashed potatoes, rice, and even sandwiches.
22. Lasagna Roll-Ups with Sausage and Spinach
Instead of assembling lasagna layers flat, why not roll them up? This recipe gives the classic a different twist, and it’s delightful.
Besides the unconventional appearance, this lasagna also bursts with original flavors from Italian sweet sausage, spinach, and a blend of cheeses.
23. Butternut Squash, Sausage, and Tortelloni Soup
Cheese tortelloni, butternut squash, and Italian sausage combine to make one phenomenal soup.
Rich, creamy, savory, hearty – these are not enough to describe just how amazing this soup is.
It might be an appetizer, but it’s so mouthwatering, you’ll want it to be your main entrée, too.
24. Dump-and-Bake Italian Sausage Recipe with Rice
This recipe is embarrassingly easy and makes a complete meal in no time!
Just dump some rice, mushroom soup, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and Italian sausage into a casserole, and your work is done.
It only takes ten minutes to prepare, and the rest is up to the oven.
25. Homemade Calzones with Italian Sausage and Mozzarella
Buttery and flaky pastries are filled with Italian sausage, mozzarella, and marinara. These Italian turnovers are the stuff of legends!
And yes, you can make them at home. Sure, you’ll have to whip up the pastry dough from scratch, but it’s a.) worth it, and b.) easier than you think.
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