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Italian Sausage

Italian sausage is that “do it all” dinnertime staple ingredient. If you have Italian sausage then you can make a quick, easy, and flavorful dinner in no time. Because Italian sausage has a ton of herbs and spices mixed right into the meat, it’s a one-stop-shop for adding flavor to recipes. Whether you have ground Italian sausage or Italian sausage links, we’ve got plenty of Italian sausage recipes and dinner ideas to make meal planning easy.    We’re talking Italian sausage soups, sheet pan meals, quick skillet meals, slow cooker recipes, and loads more. If you haven’t started cooking with Italian sausage, you’re totally missing out!

Italian sausage refers to a variety of sausage that are seasoned with Italian-inspired herbs and spices. Common seasonings used in Italian sausages are basil, parsley, salt, pepper, fennel, and chili. You can buy Italian sausages either as a loose ground meat or in links,  and in three different flavor variations: mild, sweet, and spicy. The milder sausages are inspired by Northern Italy flavors with garlic and a slightly sweeter taste. Spicy versions (which are made with red pepper or chili flakes) come from southern regions of Italy. Traditional Italian sausages are made solely with pork, but other options are available that are a mix of pork and beef.

Incorporating Italian sausage into your meals is easy, whether you’re cooking for yourself a family of picky eaters. Try a crowd-pleasing dinner like our Classic Baked Ziti or the ultimate wintertime comfort meal like      Zuppa Toscana. Ready to step out of the box? Try our Italian Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Skillet. Need a super low-budget meal? Try our Penne Pasta with Sausage and Greens. Or how about something super simple? You might like our Giant Slow Cooker Meatballs, or One Pot Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. The best part is that all of our Italian sausage recipes are budget-friendly and cost under $3 per serving! This means that you can enjoy your Italian sausage pasta, soups, meatballs, and skillets all without the guilt of spending too much. Find your new staple Italian sausage recipes below and don’t forget to share with us which one is your favorite!

Meatballs in a pot of red sauce with a spoon holding two meatballs

Easy Homemade Meatballs

These easy homemade meatballs are freezer-friendly and versatile. Keep a batch in the freezer for quick weeknight dinners later!

Oven roasted autumn medley on a plate with mashed potatoes and a black fork

Oven Roasted Autumn Medley

Years ago I made Nature’s Candy, which was a deliciously sweet and savory oven roasted side dish that was so good I’d almost call it a dessert. Well, I decided to take that amazing...

Close up of a wooden spoon in the casserole dish full of baked ziti

Classic Baked Ziti

As soon as the weather turns cool, I grab the cozy sweaters and start cooking the comfort food, like this Classic Baked Ziti. It’s rich and gooey with its layers of pasta, homemade red...

A plate with spaghetti, marinara, and a giant slow cooker meatball.

Giant Slow Cooker Meatballs

I don’t know what it is with me and meatballs lately, but here we are again. #sorrynotsorry This weekend I made these deliciously Giant Slow Cooker Meatballs, which are a fun way to change...

A spoonful of homemade Zuppa Toscana ready to be eaten.

Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana… it’s one of those recipes that every food blogger has made. I see it on Pinterest at least once per day. At least. I usually try to avoid over-hyped recipes like this but, this one...

Lentil & Sausage Stew is a fast and easy soup bursting with flavor and chock full of good-for-you vegetables! Plus it freezes well for later. BudgetBytes.com

Lentil and Sausage Stew

Okay, you’re really going to have to try not to judge a book by it’s cover here. I know this Lentil & Sausage Stew isn’t the prettiest thing to look at but, OMG, it...

This light but filling vegetable packed Sausage and Tortelloni soup is the perfect lunch for fall. Pair with crusty bread for dipping! BudgetBytes.com

Sausage and Tortellini Soup

It’s funny that I’m calling this Sausage and Tortellini Soup when the motivation behind making it was all the vegetables that I packed into the pot. I was craving vegetables but didn’t feel like...

This One Pot Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta cooks quickly and in one skillet so that no flavor is lost! Make dinner fast, easy, and delicious. BudgetBytes.com

One Pot Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Stop everything and listen closely. I’ve been making new recipes every week for over seven years and can honestly say this One Pot Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta is one of the best things...

Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini is a simple, flavorful, and lighter alternative to lasagna. BudgetBytes.com

Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

I look at the photo of these Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats and I’m all like, “Oooh, that looks delicious. …but are probably complicated and a million ingredients.” But no, my friends, no. It’s...

Simmered Skillet Meatballs and Marinara

Skillet Meatballs and Marinara

I think I’ve hit the September Challenge jackpot with this one, folks. When I had my first bite of these Skillet Meatballs and Marinara I literally moaned and let out a quiet “Oh, hell yeah…”...

Zucchini Sausage Ravioli - BudgetBytes.com

Zucchini Sausage Ravioli

While I love cooking from scratch, there are always those nights when all I have the energy to do is grab a few grocery store staples and throw them together for a quick meal....

White Beans with Tomato and Sausage - BudgetBytes.com

White Beans with Tomato and Sausage

Hooray for simple dishes! I came across this post for Tomato and White Bean Stew with Chicken Sausage on Domesticate Me the other day and thought, “What a wonderfully simple and delightful dish! I...

One Pot Sausage Mushroom Pasta

One Pot Sausage & Mushroom Pasta

I’m really digging these one pot pastas lately. It’s so nice to just cook everything in one pot and have less to wash (especially when you don’t have a dishwasher, like me!). Not to...

Kale & Sausage Skillet

Sausage and Kale Skillet

Hooray for quick skillet dinners! This one is so fantastically easy that it kind of feels like cheating. Between the Italian sausage and marinara sauce, the dish has all of the seasoning built in,...

Sausage & Pepper Pasta

Sausage & Pepper Pasta

I caught a few minutes of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn the other night and was reminded of how much I love stories like that and The Grapes of Wrath. They really make me...

baked spaghetti with sausage

I never really understood the point of baking spaghetti… it just seemed like an extra step that stood between me and eating it. But, there’s something about a hot, cheesy casserole straight out of...

Spicy Sausage & Broccoli Pasta

Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

Here’s to quick & delicious dinners! This Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Pasta is another dish that can be whipped up in practically the same amount of time that it takes to boil the pasta. You...