16 Sausage Dinner Recipes That Will Add Spicy (or Sweet!) Flavor to Your Weeknight Meals

Get a filling dish on the table fast with these recipes starring versatile sausages.

sausage and corn squash
Photo: Johnny Miller

Few foods are more comforting and reminiscent of childhood than sausage. So many of us hold memories of eating sausage pizza at parties, breakfast sausages at the local diner, or an Italian sausage on a bun at the ballpark—piled high with peppers and onions, of course.

Sausage is an incredibly versatile ingredient—not just as a snack or for breakfast, but for the main meal of the day, too, as our sausage dinner ideas prove. This succulent ground meat lends rich flavor and incredible umami to just about anything; its savoriness plays nicely with a wide variety of herbs and spices and it also ups the ante on an array of grains and vegetables. Needless to say, it's a handy kitchen staple to have in your fridge or freezer. Our recipes will help you make sausage your convenient, last-minute dinner helper.

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Stuffed Portobellos with Arugula-and-Bread Salad

Armando Rafael

Sausage and mushrooms are a stellar pairing for dinner. A lovely bread stuffing made with sausage nestles inside large portobello mushroom caps.

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Smoky Black-Bean Soup with Sausage

smoky black-bean soup with sausage
Nico Schinco

A can of plain black beans is a blank canvas. For this easy, pleasing dinner, it's paired with an array of savory vegetables, along with andouille sausages and fire-roasted tomatoes. There's plenty of smoky flavor, rich broth, and hearty ingredients.

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Gnocchi with Sausage, Zucchini, and Tomato

Gnocchi with Sausage, Zucchini, and Tomato
Linda Xiao

At first glance, it might seem like a lot is happening in this recipe, but it's really just gnocchi meets a delicious skillet of fresh tomatoes, sausage, and zucchini, all topped with delicious pesto.

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Shrimp and Sausage with Cheesy Grits

Shrimp and Sausage with Cheesy Grits
Jenny Huang

The classic dish of shrimp and grits could only be improved by flavorful andouille sausage and a fried egg for each portion. Don't forget the hot sauce.

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Sausage-and-Peppers Pasta with Almond Frico

Sausage and Peppers Pasta with Almond Frico
Kate Sears

Crumbled spicy Italian sausage and chopped roasted red peppers are combined with orecchiette—the ear-shaped pasta is perfect for catching the saucy bits. To dress it up, make a quick and crunchy frico with Parmesan and almonds. Lastly, a side of arugula brings a peppery bite along with good-for-you vitamins to the table.

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Bangers and Mash

Martyna Szczesna

Classic bangers and mashed potatoes make a spot-on British dinner at home. Ready in under an hour, this comfort food classic is best with true British pork sausages, plus a homemade onion gravy.

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Sausages with Acorn Squash and Onions

Johnny Miller

We can't resist a sheet-pan dinner combining beautiful, petal-shaped slices of acorn squash, red onions, Italian sausages, and dried cherries. Broiling with Asiago cheese and sage sprinkled over the top of the vegetables is the crowning finish.

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Sausage-and-Mushroom Burgers with Broccoli Rabe

Bryan Gardner

Cremini mushrooms and Italian sausage are a savory pairing for an out-of-this-world burger. When topped with sautéed broccoli rabe, on just-toasted ciabatta rolls smeared with rich mayo, your family will think these burgers were restaurant-made.

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Baked Rigatoni with Sausage

sausage and rigatoni bake
Julia Gartland

For home cooks who think pasta attains its most ideal form in a bake, this recipe is a delight. There's butternut squash, cherry tomatoes, merguez sausage, and shallots all topped with basil and cheese.

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Spicy-Sausage and Lentil Stew With Escarole Salad

Bryan Gardner

If you haven't topped a hearty stew with an escarole salad, we highly recommend you try it. The lemony salad accents this luxurious Italian sausage and lentil stew with just the right tang.

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Shortcut Italian Wedding Soup

Shortcut Italian Wedding Soup
Alpha Smoot

Don't toss that Parmesan rind! Instead, add it to the broth to make this quick version of a classic Italian sausage soup.

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Fried Rice with Chinese-Style Sausage

fried rice chinese style sausage
Armando Rafael

You know fried rice is convenient, but have you tried it with sweet Chinese-style sausage? It browns up nicely, especially when sliced into coins. This dinner comes together in 30 minutes and you can substitute ingredients to use what you have on hand.

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Savory Pudding with Sausage and Tomatoes

savory pudding
Jonathan Lovekin

It's high time we embraced savory puddings for dinner. They're easier than pie and comfortingly hearty. All you need to do is mix up a batter and pour it over your sausage mixture, then top with tomatoes and bake until puffed.

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Baked Rigatoni with Mini Meatballs

Yunhee Kim

If you're looking for a simple, satisfying dish the whole family will enjoy, try this baked pasta. The ingredient list is short and simple: Italian sausage, garlic, olive oil, whole peeled tomatoes, rigatoni, and mozzarella. Each portion is cooked in a separate baking dish—so there's no squabbling over who got the bigger portion.

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Sausage-and-Fontina Pizza

sausage and fontina pizza

What would pizza be without sausage to add its heft and flavor to a simple pie? This recipe takes the favorite dish to a gourmet level, topping it with a carrot, fennel and arugula salad flavored with pickled jalapeño brine.

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Broken Wonton Soup

broken wonton soup in red bowl
Justin Walker

There's no need to form wontons for this soup; you leave them unwrapped (what a time saver). The dish is studded with flavorful soy sauce-and-cilantro-rich mini pork meatballs and bok choy.

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