Smoked Sausage Skillet

Sausage SkilletI pretty much plan my meal plan around the meat. It can be pricey, so we buy what is on sale. We have been having a lot of sausage lately, garlic, chorizo, Italian, and smoked. Maybe it is usually on sale in the summer months, and this is the first time I have really noticed. What ever the reason, I am loving it. Sausage has so much flavour, it really does add a lot to the dinner table. This recipe combined sausage, which was on sale, with skillet, as I didn’t want the oven on. So it all came together for a lovely quick meal.

Recipe from Hillshire Farm

  • 1 pkg. Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage, 5 links
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 sm. yellow onion
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups rice – Instant or plain white
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat oil in large skillet. Add sausage, garlic, onion and bell pepper. Cook until sausage has started to brown and vegetable are tender.
  2. Add broccoli, broth,and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Cook rice, while cooking above. After 10 minute simmer, stir rice into skillet. Top with cheese.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

Sausage Carbonara Pasta

PastaSlowly , slowly, I am trying to get my kids used to spicy food. Gone are the days when I make them their own meals, in fact that never happened. I am a lover of spicy food, so when our kids were little we just didn’t have it. It was a restaurant order for me, but not a big family time meal. So I have been buying spicy Italian Sausage at the stores instead of mild, and sometimes, they notice, and sometimes they do not. This pleasant pasta dish, I heard nary a complaint that it was too spicy. Possibly the addition of bacon, masked the spicy sausage, maybe the cream toned it down. What ever the reason, we all liked this dish. Adding sausage to practically anything, is always a win in their house!

Recipe from Taste and Tell

  • 1 lb Italian sausages
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 lb linguine pasta
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3½ oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • extra virgin olive oil
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil with a small amount of salt. Boil pasta until al dente. Remove about a mug full of pasta water. Drain remaining pasta.
  2. Cut casings off of sausage and form into small meatballs.
  3. Heat oil in large skillet. Cook meatballs until brown, Add bacon, cook until crisp. Set pan aside.
  4. Whisk together yolks, cream, cheese, lemon zest, parsley and a good amount of salt and pepper. Toss with hot pasta, for 2 minutes. This should ensure the egg has cooked. Use slotted spoon to remove meat, and toss with noodles. Drizzle with additional olive oil.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Sausage and Bean Soup with Pasta

Sausage Bean SoupTemperatures are warming, and bringing soup season to an end. I enjoy making homemade soup and bread. So this is always one thing I miss come summer time. I will inevitably break down and make soup again, sometime during the hot months. My family will think I am crazy. Happens every year, but for now this may be the last of soup you see for a while. Summer is for picnics and sandwiches, and BBQ’s, (well if we had one). So get this one in before it gets too hot, or save it for when the cool air blows in again come fall. Either way this is a good one!

Recipe slightly adapted from The Italian Dish

  • 1 small can Red Kidney Beans, drained
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup macaroni pasta
  1. Remove sausage from casings. Cook until browned, crumbling as you cook. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  2. If you have a lot of fat you can remove it (I didn’t). Add oil and cook onion and carrot until tender. Add garlic cook 1 minute.
  3. Return sausage to pot , and add tomatoes, broth, beans, and spices. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add pasta, cook until tender.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Italian Sausage Sloppy Joe

Italian Sloppy JoeServing a family of five, can occasionally get a bit complicated. We all have our likes and dislikes, we all have our cravings. Mommy included. There are a few classics, that the whole family loves, and I feel pretty safe from complaints. Most pasta dishes fall into this category, and anything served in between a bun. Sandwiches, burgers, my family loves them all. I knew this Italian take on the sloppy joe would be a huge hit. We have melted cheese, spaghetti sauce, and meat. All in a messy gooey sandwich. Plus, I have been finding Italian Sausages one of the more affordable meats lately, there is a nice big bag in the freezer aisle, good for the  grocery budget too!

Recipe from Food, Folks and Fun

  • 1 Pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large red bell peppers, sliced into strips
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced into strips
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ Cups marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4-6 ciabatta rolls – We used regular hamburger buns
  1. Heat oil in large skillet. Add sausage, crumble as you cook. When sausage has fully been crumbled, add onions, garlic and peppers. Cook until tender.
  2. Add marinara sauce, simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in basil.
  3. Serve meat mixture on buns topped with cheese.
  4. Eat and enjoy!