16 Sausage Dinner Recipes for Weeknight Meals
Whether you like a basic hot dog, a sassy bratwurst, spicy chorizo, or tangy Italian sausage in your tomato sauce, sausage is one of those foods that everyone loves. There is a sausage in every culture, and starring every type of meat. From the dried, slightly sweet pork Chinese sticks to fat veal-based German weisswurst, cured or raw, sausage is a wonderful ingredient to cook with for weeknight dinners. We've combed through sausage recipes of all kinds to find some of the Allrecipes community's favorite sausage dinner recipes. They include simple pastas, soups, casseroles, and more.
Festival-Style Grilled Italian Sausage Sandwiches
"These delicious grilled sausage sandwiches are my attempt to duplicate the ones I ate when I was growing up and attended Italian street festivals in the North End of Boston," writes recipe contributor carina. "They come together really quickly, and make a great summer lunch. Choose hot or mild sausages as you prefer."
Chicken, Sausage and Zucchini Pasta
Sausage pasta is a classic dinner recipe. This one combines Italian sausage with diced tomatoes, zucchini, and mushrooms for a hardy and filling sausage dinner.
Kielbasa and Cabbage for Electric Pressure Cookers
Have an Instant Pot or other multi-cooker? You are mere minutes away from a stick-to-your-ribs meal for your whole family. Kielbasa and cabbage is a traditional dish, but this new technology makes it a breeze for a weeknight supper.
Italian Sausage Stuffed Shells
Italian sausage was made for pasta. But you can always go beyond just slices or crumbles in your sauce. These stuffed pasta shells are a terrific make-ahead dish for potlucks or busy weeknights.
Sheboygan Grilled Brats
The Sheboygan area of Wisconsin has a rich history of German culture and food. This recipe from contributor PBFITZ is inspired by the German-style grilled bratwurst and tender onions they grew up eating. "We always served them on the old-fashioned hard rolls. By finishing them in the beer sauce they just get better and better."
Caldo Verde (Portuguese Sausage Kale Soup)
Sausage in soup can be really wonderful, and this authentic Portuguese caldo verde with kale and sausage is a good place to start.
World's Best Lasagna
If you love a meaty lasagna, then this version starring Italian sausage will be just the ticket for your family's dinner. After all, it's called the "world's best" for a reason.
Boilermaker Tailgate Chili
While many people only use ground meat in their chili, pros know that adding some sausage brings extra flavor. If you have a tailgate or backyard party coming up, this chili will be just the ticket.
Easy Cajun Jambalaya
The Cajuns are known for putting spicy sausage like andouille in their dishes, and none is more famous than jambalaya!
Chicago-Style Pan Pizza
Sausage on pizza, whether in the form of pepperoni or Italian crumbles or slices, is just as classic as can be. This Chicago-style pan pizza was made to be a base for sausage of several kinds.
Cheese's Baked Macaroni and Cheese
If you love macaroni and cheese and you love sausage, there is no reason not to let them play together. This baked mac is a perfect pairing.
Spanish sausage making is an art form, and paella might be one of their national treasures. This recipe highlights both, to the benefit of whomever you are serving.
Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream
The cream in a sausage pasta recipe might seem out of place, but it enhances this sausage sauce's texture and flavor and melds all the flavors of onion, garlic, and Italian sausage into an easy but unforgettable sauce. This will be a family favorite after one bite.
Chorizo Stuffed Bell Peppers
Chorizo is a spicy sausage that comes in two main types: Mexican chorizo, which is a fresh, raw pork sausage; and Spanish chorizo, which is a dry, cured sausage. Here, Mexican chorizo adds incredible flavor and heat to a bell pepper filling of celery, carrot, onion, tomato, and rice. It's an all-in-one dish that benefits from the tremendously robust sausage flavor.
Greek-Inspired Grilled Turkey Sausage Brats
This recipe is a grilled brat and Greek salad all in one. You'll grill the turkey brats and then top them with a healthy mixture of chopped red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, and Kalamata olives dressed lightly with olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano — finishing with a crumble of tangy feta cheese.
For a lot of folks in the South, when you say sausage, the first thing they think is biscuits and gravy. This sausage gravy is also great over toast, waffles, or pancakes if biscuits aren't your thing, and it's the perfect dinner option when you're looking for a filling breakfast-for-dinner option.