Affordable and versatile, ground sausage is a fantastic ingredient that can be used in a wide variety of cuisines. Ground sausage is essentially the filling used to make sausage and is typically seasoned with herbs and spices — perfect for any recipe that asks for minced meat.
These simple, easy, and hearty ground sausage recipes will kick your meals up a few notches and have everyone going for seconds. Most of these are quick to whip up and make use of regular pantry staples, so they’re perfect for busy families. Bon appétit!
There’s just something comforting about chili; no wonder it’s a favorite of many. Italian ground sausage, cannellini beans, and bell peppers cook together in a beautiful tomato sauce seasoned with a host of aromatic spices. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and pair with some tortilla chips for added crunch!
#2. Sausage Balls
When a flavorful recipe can be made with only four simple ingredients, you know it’s going to become a regular in your home. You only need sausage, Bisquick, shredded cheddar cheese, and milk to create this filling appetizer. Make them at your next party and serve with avocado or jalapeno poppers and your guests will keep asking for more.
Dough, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and Italian ground sausage meat come together to create this amazing homemade pizza. Just layer the toppings on your dough and bake until the cheese is bubbling. The most challenging part of making this pizza would be waiting patiently for it to cool before you can dive in!
Fresh tomatoes stuffed with perfectly spiced ground sausage and rice seasoned with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and basil and topped with yummy gooey cheese — you can’t resist this dish! Serve your stuffed tomatoes with a healthy green salad and bread for a filling meal.
Earthy and almost meaty-flavored cremini mushrooms are the star of this irresistible dish. They form perfect little bowls to hold your Italian ground turkey sausage and cheese filling. To make this recipe pop with acidity, add a bit of red wine vinegar or sherry to the mix.
Here’s a meatloaf recipe to rival the rest. It’s ridiculously easy and requires minimal prep while packing a punch of flavor. It’s made with simple ingredients like sausage meat, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, carrot, celery, and flavorful Italian seasoning. All you have to do is combine, glaze, and bake!
This recipe is an exciting spin on your regular bacon and eggs. Ground sausage, crumbled bacon, and cheddar cheese mixed with eggs create these amazing egg cups that deliver a whopping amount of spice and flavor. Serve with avocados or berries and nuts for the perfect breakfast!
Italian ground sausage shines in this classic Italian pasta recipe. Penne pasta and sausage are simmered in a creamy parmesan sauce with onion, garlic, baby spinach, cream, and red pepper flakes. Simple, easy, and so delicious — we promise there will be no leftovers!
In 20 minutes or less, you can have scrumptious hoagies on the table for adults and kids to dig into. You’ll love how easy this recipe is. Sauté your onions, peppers, garlic, and meat together before throwing in some seasoning. Then, fill your buttered hoagie rolls with the mix and top everything with cheese. And serve!
This flavor-packed risotto is made with ground sausage, tomatoes, baby spinach, and Parmesan cheese. It’s a wholesome family dinner that’ll steal the show at your dinner table. Just remember to stir your risotto regularly to avoid it sticking. Serve with an extra sprinkling of cheese.
Here’s a 25-minute healthy pasta dish that’s easy to prepare, healthy, and tasty. Loaded with garlic, turkey sausage, broccoli, and Parmesan, it’s an easy way to get your grains, protein, and greens in one meal. You can even add as many veggies as you want to make it healthier. Serve with a squirt of fresh lemon, and enjoy!
Juicy, moist, and flavorful, meatballs are a classic favorite for families across America. In this recipe, you’re simply rolling your sausage balls and baking them. Season the sausage mix with garlic and Parmesan and other spices you like and toss in a sauce of your choosing. These sausage meatballs will go great on rolls, in salads, or with classic pasta.
#13. Sausage Dirty Rice
Once you’ve had a taste of Cajun dirty rice, you won’t want to consume your carbs any other way. This easy recipe goes with practically anything you have in your kitchen. This recipe uses ground sausage, leftover rice, chicken stock, and various spices. The bits of meat will flavor your rice and make it “dirty” and so delicious.
#14. Sausage Potato Hash
Sausage and potatoes are a marriage made in heaven! For this hearty, comforting meal, you’ll need potatoes, onion, ground sausage, and peppers. Feel free to get creative with your choice of sausage, whether you are craving a herbaceous flavor or a strong spicy kick. Even andouille works great!
Jazz up your regular mac and cheese with this Southern-style meal. You’ll be using Johnsonville’s Salt and Pepper Ground Pork Sausage, pasta, cheddar, cream cheese, and pimentos. Serve with a topping of barbecue chips, sauce, and green onions for the whole family to enjoy.
This cheesy, creamy casserole is bound to be a weeknight favorite. Make this meal with your favorite ground sausage, potatoes, onions, and cream soup, and you can even add some corn, peas, or beans if you’d like. Once the casserole is baked, top with cheese and broil until the cheese melts!
Ground sausage might seem like an odd thing to add to a sandwich, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised. A mix of ground sausage, spinach. and Provolone and Parmesan cheese served in French bread — every bite is a burst of flavors!
A one-pan meal that’s healthy and super tasty, this is a great family dinner to make on busy weeknights. Ground sausage, potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and marinara sauce are cooked to perfection. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and get creamy spoonfuls of flavor!
This is a wholesome and filling breakfast the whole family will enjoy. The Bisquick casserole is made with eggs, ground sausage, cheese, and milk and seasoned with salt and pepper. You can also flavor the mix with hot sauce and maple syrup for a sweet-savory flavor. Brown your meat, combine the rest of your ingredients, and bake!
Jalapeno poppers are always a favorite appetizer at parties or even as snacks in between meals. This recipe combines spicy peppers, cream cheese, Parmesan, mozzarella, and ground sausage to create scrumptious bites of perfection. Serve this quick and easy dish with a dressing made with sour cream or ranch dressing.
You can never get enough hearty casseroles. Put together this simple recipe with ground sausage, rice, chicken broth, and cream of celery soup to give you a meal everyone will devour greedily. This Southern recipe transforms pantry staples into a comforting, delicious meal that even picky eaters won’t say no to!
This comforting soup will warm you up and fill your tummy on those cold evenings. It’s made with simple ingredients like butter, onion, garlic, flour, evaporated milk, chicken broth, cannellini beans, and ground sausage. Serve your soup with crackers or bread to soak up every delicious drop.
Here’s a hearty soup that tastes just like lasagna, but way simpler to prepare. All you have to do is cook your sausage with onions, mushrooms, garlic, broth, and tomatoes. After that, simply stir in the pasta, spinach, basil, and cheese into the soup. For weeknight dinners, this 20-minute recipe is hard to beat.
A perfect fall recipe to use seasonal apple, this pasta delivers an amazing blend of sweet and spices. In this hearty dish, cook down finely diced apples with onions to create a savory-sweet sauce like no other. The addition of sausage, herbs, cheese, and dry white wine makes this dish come alive!
Elevate your regular tomato soup with spicy Italian sausage, spinach, and tortellini. You’ll finish this off with some crispy, cheesy crostini for a dish that’s perfect for cold winter nights. Some garlic bread and salad are perfect sides for this hearty, delicious meal!
This creamy Southern country gravy will put all other regular gravies to shame. It’s thick, creamy, and packed with sausage meat — perfect for pouring over fluffy buttermilk biscuits. You don’t even need any fancy ingredients. Ground sausage, milk, water, and flour are all that are needed for this delightful creation.
As you can guess from the name, this is an incredibly easy recipe. Bisquick, frozen vegetables, milk, and some Italian pork sausage meat come together to create this easy pie. It’s a healthy meal to feed the family on a busy weeknight. Top it with some warm pasta sauce, and everyone will feel like they’re eating a pizza, only way better!
#28. Pork Sausage Ragu
This rich and satisfying comfort food is an explosion of flavors! Featuring ground sausage, carrot, celery, tomatoes, herbs, red wine, broth, and cheese, this is a ragu you’ll want to keep making again and again. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan and parsley.
Love yourself some eggrolls but don’t have the time? This recipe is here to save the day. To keep things simple, use a pre-made coleslaw mix so you don’t have to prep your veggies from scratch. Cook with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and some pepper flakes to add a little heat. Sprinkle some green onions and serve!
#30. Smoked Queso Dip
Made with three types of cheese, ground sausage, and salsa, this is a silky-smooth dip with a twist. The addition of Rotel, cream of mushroom soup, and taco seasoning bring a unique blend of flavors. And if you don’t have a smoker, you can even use a grill to make this smoky dip.
Trying to reduce your carb intake but love spaghetti? It’s time for you to discover spaghetti squash, and you’ll love how easy it is to make. Your “pasta” is cooked with hot turkey sausage, onion, garlic, broth, tomatoes, cheese, and seasonings for a healthy, cheesy, and surprisingly flavorsome meal!