25 Family Dinners That Start with Italian Sausage

published Aug 13, 2022
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Italian sausage is one of my favorite proteins. It packs a big pop of flavor, and yet it still manages to pair well with just about anything. Whether you like yours sweet, spicy, or mild, there are plenty of things you can make at home with it. Of course there’s pasta, which is usually the first thing that comes to mind when people think about Italian sausage, but that’s really just the beginning. Soups, casseroles, stews, and sheet pan dinners are all great ways to turn sausage into a meal.

From pizzas to polenta, here are 25 Italian sausage recipes to try right now.

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Pasta alla Boscaiola
Made with dried mushrooms, tomato sauce, and heavy cream, pasta alla boscaiola will be your new favorite Italian comfort food.
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Zuppa Toscana
This zuppa toscana recipe outdoes the popular Olive Garden menu item.
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Sausage-and-Peppers Stuffed Eggplant
A classic combination of Italian sausage and sweet peppers ensures these eggplant boats are hearty and satisfying.
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Caramelized Onion, Apple, and Sausage Pasta
A savory one-pot pasta with caramelized onions, apples, and Italian sausage.
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Sausage Pasta
This pasta with Italian sausage and heaps of baby spinach is a satisfying 35-minute meal that’s sure to become your weeknight standby.
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Creamy Gnocchi with Kale and Sausage
Instead of making béchamel, store-bought Boursin cheese acts as the sauce, melting into the sausage and kale, making it the perfect backdrop for the garlic and herbs.
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White Lasagna
What makes white lasagna so special and totally irresistible is the impossibly creamy white sauce that’s blanketed throughout the casserole.
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Sunday Sauce
This slow-simmered, meaty Italian American sauce is best served with spaghetti, of course.
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Chicken Scarpariello with Sausage and Peppadew Peppers
Chicken Scarpariello is a classic Italian-American recipe that features braised chicken with pickled peppers and rosemary.
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Spicy Sausage and Rice Soup
This spicy sausage soup comes together quickly and tastes amazing the next day. Just be sure to use brown rice — it's key for the right texture.
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Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Sausage, and Butternut Squash
Chunks of sweet butternut squash, join earthy mushrooms, sweet red onion, juicy sausage, and plenty of chopped rosemary for a sheet pan dinner that's ready in 30 minutes.
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One-Pot Orecchiette with Sausage, Peppers, and Greens
All it takes is one pot, Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, and whatever tender greens you have handy to create a delicious pasta dinner with a simple white wine sauce.
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Whether you call it baked ziti or mostaccioli, it's impossible to dislike this tender pasta dish tossed in red sauce, topped with cheese, and baked until bubbling and browned.
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Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup
Unlike a chili or gumbo, which really need a lot of time on the stove, this soup tastes great in just 30 minutes or so. It's finished off with two secret ingredients, and best served with parmesan on top.
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Pasta al Forno
If you're not feeding a crowd, you can easily split this pasta bake between two dishes and freeze one for another day.
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Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Sausage
Packed with a lemony sausage stuffing and sprinkled with Parmesan breadcrumbs, these are the most delicious zucchini boats you'll make.
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Slab Pasta Pie
This sheet tray bake is easy to slice, equally easy to eat, and should quickly sneak its way into your nightly rotation.
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Sausage Meatball Soup
This homemade meatball soup is pure comfort, with a brothy tomato base that’s filled with al dente pasta, wilted spinach, and bite-sized meatballs.
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Pasta with Cauliflower, Sausage & Breadcrumbs
This is a straightforward pasta — our favorite kind — with mostly basic pantry ingredients and a couple of things to wow it up. The breadcrumbs (poor man’s Parmesan!) might seem trivial, but don’t skip them!
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Butternut Squash & Sausage Lasagna
For lasagna, the winner this time around is undoubtedly this combination of sweet Italian sausage, roasted butternut squash, and spinach. Filled out with noodles and a creamy bechamel, it’s a meal that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
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Sausage and Tomato Risotto
When fragrant Italian sausage, juicy tomatoes, and sweet basil join forces, you know things are going to be good.
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Sausage and Peppers with Zucchini Noodles
The classic combination of sausage and peppers is tossed with tender zucchini noodles in this easy summery one-pot meal.
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Gnocchi Lasagna with Spinach, White Beans, and Sausage
This crowd-pleasing casserole is surprisingly light and fresh, thanks to the addition of spinach and white beans. Use plant-based sausage instead of pork sausage to make it vegetarian.
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Sausage Ragù over Creamy Polenta
Inspired by our love for slow-simmered bolognese, this weeknight version blends the richness of crumbled sausage with bright tomatoes and fresh herbs for a fast sauce that will satisfy the whole family.
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5-Ingredient Sausage, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup
Browned sausage, tender sweet potatoes, just-wilted kale, and Italian herbs infuse store-bought broth in this simple Whole30 soup.
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Sheet Pan Roasted Sausages and Grapes
Sweet meets savory in this fast and fancy sheet pan dinner that's perfect for fall. Serve it alongside crusty bread to soak up all the caramelized pan juices.
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Johnny Marzetti
This extra-cheesy casserole only calls for a handful of ingredients.
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Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Sausage and Peppers
An easy recipe for 3-ingredient sheet pan gnocchi with Italian sausage and peppers.
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One-Pot Meatballs & Pasta Os
Make everyone around the table excited about dinner with this recipe for pasta and meatballs inspired by spaghettios.
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This post was originally published on Kitchn. Read it there: 25 Delicious Dinners That Start with Italian Sausage