Whether you are looking for soups, stuffed peppers, sandwiches, or casseroles, we have it all in this collection of the best Italian sausage recipes! Using both spicy sausage and sweet sausage, these 25 recipes for Italian sausage contain some of the best dinner ideas using both sausage links and ground sausage so you can make a wide variety of easy and delicious sausage recipes.
And be sure to scroll to the bottom to get our popular recipe for cheese stuffed Italian sausages! It's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
Italian sausage recipes are always a great dinner idea in our home! Whether it's an Italian sausage loaded into a roll with onions and peppers, a baked sausage dish with marinara and cheese, or even peppers stuffed with ground Italian sausage, I know that when I make sausage for dinner, my family is going to love it.
Today I am sharing with you 25 of the best Italian sausage recipes I could find, many of which are our own family favorites! From sausage & cheese manicotti bake to spicy Italian sausage dip we have a collection of recipes for Italian sausage that is varied and eclectic but also includes the classics like sausage and potatoes as well as sausage, peppers, and onions recipes so you can find the perfect option for your family's dinner table.
Be sure to check out our other sausage posts, too, including how to cook bratwurst with 6 different cooking options, and this collection of the best sausage casseroles with 21 different recipes to choose from.
Italian Sausage Recipe FAQs
The term "regular sausage" can be a bit broad, since it could mean a wide variety of sausages from different regions and with different flavors. However, in the context of comparing it to Italian sausage, we can assume "regular" refers to a basic, unseasoned sausage like plain pork sausage.
Italian sausage is a type of sweet or hot pork sausage that's seasoned with a variety of spices and herbs, most commonly fennel, anise, and salt whereas plain sausage doesn’t add those types of spices. Both plain pork sausage and Italian sausage are usually made with pork but they can also be made from chicken too.
The distinctive flavor of Italian sausage comes primarily from the seasonings used. The most prominent flavors are fennel seeds or anise, which give Italian sausage its unique sweet and slightly licorice-like flavor.
Italian sausage often has other seasonings like garlic, salt, and pepper. Hot Italian sausage also includes red pepper flakes, which add a spicy kick.
Vegetables: Bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and garlic are classic pairings. Other vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, spinach, and kale also work well.
Herbs and Spices: Basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and parsley can complement the flavors in the sausage. For heat, consider crushed red pepper flakes.
Grains and Pasta: Italian sausage is often used in pasta dishes, and it also goes well with risotto and polenta.
Beans and Legumes: Cannellini beans, lentils, and chickpeas can make for hearty dishes when combined with Italian sausage.
Cheese: Italian cheeses like mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmesan can be excellent with Italian sausage, particularly in pasta dishes or on pizza.
Wine: If you're cooking with wine, a robust red like Chianti can stand up to the strong flavors of Italian sausage.
Sauces: Tomato sauce is a classic pairing. Creamy sauces, pesto, or even a white wine sauce can also be delicious.
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Be sure to let us know which of the Italian sausage recipes were your favorite and please let us know if we left something off the list that should've been considered!