15 Savory Ground Sausage Recipes You Need to Try
Ground sausage recipes are guaranteed to make your taste buds do a dance, preferably the tango. As herbs and spices like sage, garlic, and pepper work together, ground sausage steals the show. Whether your style is sweet or spicy, we've got options. Ground sausage works beautifully in casseroles, lettuce wraps, burgers, and finger food galore. This recipe collection features cheesy broccoli and rice casserole, sausage-stuffed fried olives, and Italian sausage burgers. If you want to turn up the heat or keep it sweet, here are our best savory ground sausage recipes.
Sausage and Red Onion Sheet Pan Quiche
At Convivial in Washington, D.C., Cedric Maupillier's foot-long quiche takes this breakfast classic to the next level. This version, prepared in a rimmed baking sheet, makes plenty for everyone.
Spicy Sausage Pasta with Tomatoes and Squash
A few tablespoons of harissa brings the heat to this dish. Don't forget to add thinly sliced squash minutes before serving. To achieve wafer-thin slices, use a mandoline.
Cheesy Sausage Cocktail Toasts
Cookbook author Andrea Slonecker is passing the plate from one generation to another in this remake of her grandmother's "pizza toasts." These sausage toasts are cheesy, gooey, and crunchy. To achieve a velvety texture you can melt a combination of mascarpone (or cream cheese) with robust Taleggio to bring a creamy taste.
Buttermilk Biscuits and Pat LaFrieda's Sausage Gravy
Butter your biscuits in this classic Southern dish that is sure to bring comfort to your soul. Dry white wine plays against the richness in the gravy, bringing a balanced acidity to this hearty dish. Homemade sausage is well-seasoned and not overly sweet, so choose a savory or spicy blend if substituting for store-bought sausage.
Sausage-Stuffed Artichokes with New Potatoes
A hint of warm spices in the bratwurst complements the mild vegetal flavors in the artichoke which meld together during cooking. The tender bottoms of the artichoke leaves are perfumed by the Chardonnay and are great dipped in mustard, so don't overlook them.
Baked Stuffed Eggplant with Italian Sausage
Bell peppers aren't the only vegetable that can be stuffed with savory and juicy meats. Ripe tomatoes and roasted eggplant come together to yield a hearty filling, made even better with the addition of Italian sausage. Combined with a bright and lemony breadcrumb topping and a quick-fix tomato sauce jazzed up with fresh herbs, this makes a stunning summer main dish.
Sausage-Stuffed Fried Olives
Mild Castelvetrano olives add just enough salt to this savory sausage snack. Enjoy with a crisp martini or a chilled glass of wine.
Sausage and Fennel Stuffing
Wedges of fennel and onion combined with sweet Italian sausage creates this satisfying stuffing. For an extra level of flavor, make the sausage at home with this easy bonus method.
Delicata Squash and Sausage Crostata with Ricotta and Honey
In their book Wine Food, sommelier Dana Frank and recipe developer Andrea Slonecker pair funky, bright wines with flavorful, vegetable-forward dishes. They compare crostatas and galettes to pizza, making them the perfect weeknight dinner. This version layers fennel-spiced sausage, chile, delicata squash, and honey for a dinner that pairs well with a northern Italian Dolcetto.
Italian-Sausage Burgers with Garlicky Spinach
Need a quick lunch option? These pre-seasoned Italian sausage burgers are just the thing. Don't forget to spread pesto on the ciabatta rolls.
Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard
This recipe is a Food & Wine-certified favorite. In 2018, we named this recipe one of our 40 best: In matching spicy sausage with a creamy mustard sauce and fragrant basil, British cookbook author Nigel Slater creates a quick pasta supper with warm, mildly spicy flavors.
Lemongrass Sausage Lettuce Wraps
Pasta with Sausage and Mustard Greens
The genius of Food & Wine Culinary Director at Large Justin Chapple's pasta recipe is the contrast of flavors—creamy, meaty, nicely bitter and tangy.
Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties
At Beast + Bottle in Denver, Colorado, chef-owner Paul C. Reilly uses these ginger-and-garlic flecked sausage patties on the house breakfast sandwich. "Be sure to keep your meat and spices extra cold right up until grinding the meat," says Reilly. This step ensures a well-marbled sausage, easier grinding and a more sanitary process.
Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole with Sausage
This easy gluten-free broccoli-and-rice casserole is a classically comforting one-dish meal. Transfer the casserole to the broiler to get the cheesy topping crusty and browned.