If you’re on the hunt for delicious, healthier meals, these turkey sausage recipes are for you.
Did you know that turkey sausages have fewer than half the calories of traditional pork sausages? That, and around a quarter the amount of fat per link.
Though they don’t have the same distinct meaty taste of pork, their mild flavors make them ideal for adding to pasta, casseroles, and meatballs.
Use them as links or as ground meat for lighter versions of your favorite sausage dishes.
1. Turkey Sausage Pasta Primavera
Pasta primavera is a bright, fresh, and super colorful dish.
It’s jam-packed with veggies and relies on a simple dressing of tomatoes, garlic, onion, and cheese rather than a heavy sauce.
As the dish cooks, the tomatoes and veggies will release their juices, along with the oils from the turkey.
That leaves things light and doesn’t drown the food and overpower the taste.
2. Turkey Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup
Beans are great for adding to soup because they’re relatively mild, buttery, and loaded with fiber. They’ll also bulk out the pot without breaking the bank.
Add the protein kick of the turkey and the superfood that is kale, and this is one healthy meal.
3. Healthy Sausage Balls
These babies are like a cross between a biscuit and a meatball. They’re very meaty and loaded with fantastic flavor, all wrapped up in a fluffy and tender whole wheat dough.
Once baked, these are super light, and you could even cut them in half to use for breakfast sandwiches.
Fill them with a fried egg and cheese, and you’ll never go back to regular biscuits again.
4. Italian Turkey Sausage
This isn’t quite a one-pot wonder, but it’s close. You’ll use the same skillet for cooking the meat and veggies and then again to bake the whole dish at the end.
Of course, you’ll need a separate pot to boil the noodles.
I suggest covering the top with foil for most of the bake to prevent the pasta from going too hard. Then, remove it for the last few minutes to help melt the cheese.
5. Sweet and Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes are such an indulgent and nostalgic meal. Unfortunately, they’re also messy and loaded with greasy goodness.
But if you want the same great taste without using so many napkins, try this lightened-up turkey sausage recipe.
Leave the chili out if you don’t like it spicy, but I think it works well here, and it’s not too strong.
6. One-Pot Mediterranean Turkey Sausage and Rice
Not only is this a one-pot meal, but it can be on the table in just 30 minutes. Though, it would be faster if you used leftover cooked rice.
I went ahead and cooked the sausages in a separate, smaller skillet.
They’ll only need around 10 minutes, and I prefer them to stay slightly crisp rather than to cook too long in the liquid.
7. Easy Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
When you add chicken to soups and stews, it brings a bit of flavor and plenty of protein. But it can get lost in the mix.
Sausages, on the other hand, hold their own and really stand out, even in a hearty soup like this.
Use ground meat, so you’ll get more in each bite, or if you prefer more texture, use chopped links.
8. Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash
Acorn squash are super cute and the perfect individual portion. Unlike stuffed peppers, these have a mild flavor and offer lots of squash yumminess.
Stuffed peppers usually include tomatoes and Italian seasonings, but these Fall-faves use crisp apples, meaty mushrooms, warm nutmeg, and allspice.
9. Roasted Italian Sausages with Potatoes, Peppers, and Onions
Sausage and peppers in a huge deal in my house, and we eat it a lot. I like to serve the mix in hoagie buns with some extra cheese melted over the top.
Recently, though, I’ve been using this healthier version with turkey sausages and potatoes. I like to roast a mix of regular and sweet potatoes for added color and flavor.
10. Turkey, Spinach & Cheese Meatballs
Meatballs are juicy, tender, and extra-tasty, and I find that they’re universally loved. Whether you serve them with pasta or in a sweet glaze, you really can’t go wrong.
These are classically Italian and served best with marinara and spaghetti.
Of course, they can be a little time-consuming to make. But if you take the time to make a bigger batch, you can always freeze them for later.
I’ve been using this Shape+Store Master Meatball Making Tool, and it’s a game-changer. You can make up to 32 meatballs in a matter of minutes!
11. Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Pasta
With just five ingredients and around 360 calories, I guarantee you’ll want to make this yummy turkey and broccoli pasta dish as often as possible.
And if you want this even healthier, why not try using zucchini noodles instead? Or better yet, spaghetti squash!
12. Baked Ziti with Italian Turkey Sausage
This baked ziti is layered like lasagna and even includes creamy ricotta and mozzarella.
You’ll need to pre-cook the pasta, but then go ahead and use a jar of marinara to save on time.
I like to add spinach to the turkey sausage to boost the nutrients, and you could also use stuffed ravioli if you want.
Those with cheese and spinach are terrific, and the kids will never know it’s there.
13. Healthy Mediterranean Pasta Toss
Mediterranean cooking is all about fresh and colorful ingredients that pack quite a punch. This dish delivers all that and more!
Between the sharp Kalamata black olives, the tangy sundried tomatoes, and the creamy, salty feta, you’ll want more than one serving of this pasta dish.
14. Turkey Sausage and Quinoa Pizza Bowl
This unique quinoa bowl takes everything you love about pizza and makes it into something healthy, filling, and brimming with protein.
Better yet, since quinoa is naturally gluten-free, you can enjoy juicy tomatoes, meaty mushrooms, and lean turkey sausage without feeling too full.
15. Thanksgiving Stuffing with Sausage and Apples
If you prefer stuffing with sausage but don’t love the added fat and calories, why not try this apple and turkey sausage recipe instead?
Sourdough is perfect for this recipe to help balance out the sweetness from the apple, and it all comes together to complement your bird beautifully.
16. Turkey Sausage Ragu
Ragu is a meat-based tomatoes sauce typically served over tagliatelle. It’s typically cooked low and slow, using beef or pork, but this quick recipe is just as scrumptious.
You’ll use chopped tomatoes and tomato paste for a deeper taste, along with plenty of garlic.
17. Italian Burgers with Lemon-Garlic Aioli
As much as I love the richness of a juicy beef burger, I love simple, light turkey burgers.
After all, when they’re smothered in marinara, cheese, and lemon-garlic aioli, you’ll hardly even notice the type of meat being used.
18. Italian Turkey Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup
When the weather is cold like it is now, there’s nothing more satisfying than digging into a big bowl of hearty soup.
This sausage, bean, and kale recipe is rich and flavorful, with a lovely broth you’ll want to dunk a whole loaf of bread into!
19. Broccoli Rabe and Turkey Sausage Orecchiette
Broccoli rabe is a little nutty and noticeably bitter, but it balances out just right when you mix it with garlic, lemon, and parmesan cheese.
It’s also super easy to work with and offers lovely bright green coloring to an otherwise bland-looking dish.
20. Garlic Butter Sausage & Veggies
I’m all about finding quick and easy dinner recipes, and this one ticks every box and then some.
Just pop the sausage into a foil pack with corn, potatoes, and green beans, and in 15 minutes, you’ll have a complete meal ready to go.
21. Pasta Fagioli Soup
Fagioli soup is kind of like minestrone, with a few key differences.
First, this version is often thicker and more like a stew. In contrast, minestrone is quite brothy.
This recipe also focuses more on the beans and pasta, where minestrone is heavy with veggies. Both are hearty and delicious, but this will fill you up faster and for longer.
22. Christmas Breakfast Casserole
Christmas morning can be a challenge. Between opening presents and cleaning up the mess, the last thing you’ll want to think about is making breakfast, right?
So why not make this tasty breakfast casserole the day before and just heat it up once the presents are open?
Between the eggs, yogurt, mushrooms, and turkey sausage, this should give you enough energy to make it through the rest of the big day.
23. Freeze Ahead Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches
I’m not always fully awake in the mornings, and though I know I need fuel, I often prefer to grab and go.
Luckily, these freezer-friendly breakfast sandwiches make life so easy, and all you’ll need is a handful of ingredients.
Reheat them in the oven if you have the time or wrapped in a paper towel in the microwave.
24. Cheesy Grits Breakfast Bowls
Put down that package of sugar oats and grab the grits. This recipe for cheesy grits with turkey sausage is too good not to try right away!
For extra decadence, serve with fried eggs instead of scrambled so the yolk will pop over the top.
25. Turkey Sweet Italian Sausage Subs
Hoagie rolls and baguettes are hard to resist, but when you add sliced ham or salami, the meat can get lost in the dough.
I adore sausage subs because I find that sausage links can hold their own against thick and tender bread rolls.
That’s even more true when adding caramelized onions, goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar.
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