The Best Italian Sausage Recipes You'll Want to Eat Again and Again
Whether you're tackling cheesy pizza for family night, a quick sandwich for lunch, or a rich broth for a light dinner, Italian sausage makes any meal a little more savory. Italian sausage pairs well with a variety of vegetables including bright peppers, crunchy kale, fennel, and briny olives. If you want to turn up the heat, you can always add a few extra red pepper flakes. Here are our top 17 Italian sausage recipes.
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.
Rigatoni with Clams, Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Chef Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco combines two distinct Italian favorites into a single genius dish: pasta with clams and sausage with broccoli rabe. Instead of just sautéing the rabe with the sausage, he purees it to create a quick, pleasantly bitter pasta sauce.
Spicy Sausage Pasta with Tomatoes and Squash
A few tablespoons of spicy 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.
Garlic Sausage with Field Peas
Chef Julia Sullivan brings acidic flavors together by combining vinegar and lemon to cut through the richness of this sausage dish. Field peas can be found fresh or frozen at most supermarkets.
Delicata Squash and Sausage Crostata with Ricotta and Honey
If you are in search of the perfect weeknight dinner you have come to the right place. This crostata layers fennel-spiced sausage, chile, Delicata squash, and honey. Prepare to squabble over the last bite.
Sausage, Kale, and Potato Skillet Supper
When Klancy Miller makes a delicious meal for one, she says it's an exercise of creativity and self-care. She combines small red potatoes, spicy sausage, succulent kale, and thinly sliced red onions to make an easy skillet supper.
Braised Sausage and Fennel with Toasted Spices
Whole pink peppercorns and fennel seeds permeate braised sausage with a rich aroma. This meal pairs well with an earthy Mediterranean red.
Kale and Sausage Pizza
If you think there is no way pizza can be healthy and hearty, guess again! Don't forget to drizzle olive oil on the baking sheet and cook at 450F to achieve a crisp and golden crust.
Sausage-and-Fennel Parm Heroes
Trade in your peppers for sweet sautéed fennel and refreshing mozzarella to achieve these super-satisfying sausage heroes.
Italian-Sausage Burgers with Garlicky Spinach
Need a bite to eat but have limited time? These pre-seasoned Italian sausage burgers are just the thing. Don't forget to spread pesto on the ciabatta rolls.
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.
Three-Greens Soup with Sausage and Potatoes
Make sure your potatoes are cooked to tenderness in this hearty soup. And don't forget the garnish: a few torn leaves of fresh basil.
Roast Chicken with Sausage and Peppers
What's better than one protein? Two proteins. This dish uses both roast chicken and hot Italian sausage to create classic flavors of an Italian sausage sub.
Sausages with Grilled-Onion Chowchow
This chowchow — usually a sweet-and-sour relish — contains pieces of charred onions, creating a smoky flavor that pairs well with grilled sausage.
Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Sausage and Peppers
A delicious take on classic red-sauce spaghetti, this pasta highlights the classic pairing of Italian sausage and sweet red peppers.
Sausages and Peppers
Michael Chiarello's simple, classic version of sausage and peppers is excellent on pasta, bread, or polenta — and it's all made in the oven.
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. Matching spicy sausage with a creamy mustard sauce and fragrant basil, British cookbook author Nigel Slater created a quick pasta supper with warm, mildly spicy flavors.