Sausage Recipes You Will Love! - Lela's Cooking Journey Blog at - 299870

Lela's Cooking Journey

Sausage Recipes You Will Love! 
Mar. 25, 2013 9:43 pm 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2013 5:12 pm

If you love sausage, try some of these great recipes using Italian sausage from Johnsonville. My family enjoyed all the following recipes using sausage. All of the recipes I tried are what my husband calls keepers. 

For starters, I made the Italian Wedding Soup using the Johnsonville all natural Italian sausage. On a cold day, the soup will warm you up.  When adding orzo to the soup, remember the orzo will absorb a lot of the liquid. I made the orzo and kept it separate from the soup. When it was time to eat the soup, I added the orzo to each bowl. I stored the left over orzo in a separate ziplock bag and a soup in a plastic container. We ate the soup for lunch the next day. 

Italian Wedding Soup


Another great recipe using Italian sausage from Johnsonville was Rigatoni a la You. You can make this with any kind of pasta. I went shopping in my pantry and found penne pasta. This dish is made with red pepper.  I bought some homemade pasta sauce from a small Italian grocery store which made the dish oh so special.

Rigatoni A La You

 One of my family's favorite meals is pizza. I made the Johnsonville Easy Sausage Pizza. I used 1/2 pound of sausage for each pizza I made. I like to use the Johnsonville all natural mild Italian and hot sausage and mix the two sausages for a nice blended taste.   My family loves cheese and lots of toppings. To make this easier you can use a store bought crust. I chose to make my own homemade pizza crust using All Recipes Jay's Signature Pizza Crust. Jay's Signature Pizza Crust

I made the dough the day before, prepped all the veggies and sauce. The next day, I took the pizza dough out two hours before making the pizzas. I placed the dough in an oiled bowl and covered the bowls with a cotton towel.  I then placed the dough in my oven which has a bread proofing feature. I preheated the oven to 425 degrees and precooked my pizza without the toppings for eight minutes. Then, I added all the toppings and baked for another 15 minutes-20 minutes. Combo pizzas at my house include, sausage, pepperoni, green chili, green pepper, onion, black olives and mushrooms. The pizzas are then topped with provolone and mozzarella cheese. 

 Easy Sausage Pizza by Johnsonville

I made the Indian Fry Tacos with Yeast Fry Bread Recipe. The fry bread was delicious. I think this was my favorite of all the recipes. The dough was very easy to roll out. I tweaked the recipe and substituted Johnsonville all natural hot Italian sausage and mild sausage instead of hamburger. I also added refried beans. The recipe servings were as large as a dinner plates. My family has hearty appetites, and no one could finish these babies.  I think I would probably make the fry bread and freeze half of the dough. I would make 6 smaller fry breads out of 1/2 of the dough.  

I wrote up a customized version of the Indian Fry Tacos minus the tomato sauce,tomato paste and seasonings. I really didn't need a pound of sausage. So, the next time I make this, I will use a 1/2 pound of all hot Italian sausage. My family didn't care for the tomato sauce or tomato paste. Instead, I would use fresh tomato salsa.

Indian Tacos with Yeast Fry Bread Recipe


Here is my customized recipe using Italian Sausage.

Sausage Indian Tacos-Customized Recipe


I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with  

Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Lela's Cooking Journey. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me – Lela.

Johnsonville Easy Sausage Pizza
Photo Detail
Indian Tacos with Yeast Fry Bread
Photo Detail
Rigatoni A La You
Photo Detail
Italian Wedding Soup
Photo Detail
Mar. 26, 2013 5:59 am
Wow! Four really good recipes Lela! I love to make Italian Sausage Chili in the crock pot. I often make baked penne or rigatoni with a tomato gravy and Italian sausage. It's so satisfying and delicious. Sometimes I make my own Italian sausage, but most often I use either Johnsonville or the store made sausage. Good stuff!
Mar. 26, 2013 7:01 am
Doc SImonson-Italian Sausage chili sounds delicious. I am envious of your sausage making skills. I agree, sausage i goo stuff! One of my favorite restaurant sandwiches is a Sausage Sandwich from a little place called Passkeys. So far, I can't seem to replicate the sandwich at home.
Mar. 26, 2013 5:34 pm
Lela,wonderful blog.I have never used Johnsville Sausage,i don't think we get it here.I buy Sobeys brand mild Italian Sausage,which is very good.Love your pictures.
Mar. 26, 2013 6:34 pm
Hello, manella. Thanks for the compliments. I never heard of Sobeys sausage.
Mar. 26, 2013 7:22 pm
Your pictures are great! I am spoiled, I buy store made sausage from my butcher that is so good nothing compares, but I have to say the Johnsonville fresh sausage is pretty good, when you can find it around here.
Mar. 27, 2013 6:58 am
Lela,it is a Sobeys brand called Our Complaments,sorry wasn't clear.
Mar. 27, 2013 7:10 am
Hello, BigShotsMom! Thanks. You are so lucky you found a place that makes fresh sausage! Here in our grocery stores if you see Johnsonville sausage you better buy it or the next day it is gone.
Mar. 27, 2013 7:14 am
Hi, manella. Thanks for the info. I tried googling the sausage-not sold in the U.S.
Mar. 27, 2013 8:29 am
I agree Lela. These Johnsonville recipes are really good! I tried three completely different recipes from you and really enjoyed them. I had never bought the sausage before, but I definitely will from time to time now. Fun, tasty assignments this month. By the way, great photos!
Mar. 27, 2013 8:48 am
Very nice blog, Lela. I love your pictures. They made me hungry and I just ate! Mission Accomplished!
Mar. 27, 2013 9:42 am
Hello, Paula. You made my day! I appreciate your warm comments. I picked some recipes that I wanted to eat and I will make these again. I loved the Wedding Soup. Where I live-Wedding soup is a biggie and I always wanted to make it. The only bad thing is the Indian Fry Bread ,I had to step away from the bread because I kept tearing off a piece and eating it.
Mar. 27, 2013 9:45 am
Hi, Baking Nana. Thanks you made my day with your compliments. I spent some time trying to put photos in the blog and also writing a few hints that I hope would be helpful to others.
Mar. 27, 2013 1:31 pm
Hi just to let you know Sobey's is a name of a grocery here in Canada. Our Compliments is their private label for products which is produced for them. They not only have sausage there is peanut butter etc
Mar. 27, 2013 2:56 pm
Nadine, thanks-in the US we have grocery stores like Kroeger (King Soopers) that have their own labels on products.
Mar. 28, 2013 10:17 am
Lela, as always a great blog and photos. I can't help but to keep thinking about "Let There Be Light!" I think your photo challenges are over. Keep the blogs and photos coming, I enjoy them.
Mar. 28, 2013 1:26 pm
Hello- bd.weld. I am enjoying taking photos and have learned so much since I first started taking photos. I have a real camera-like i mentioned before-what a tremendous difference from just using a phone camera. You are really stepping up your photos. I think my favorite photo you took is- the Skintastic Baked Potato! Stellar photo, my friend!
Click to Change your Profile Picture

Member Since
Nov. 2009

Cooking Level

Cooking Interests
Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian

Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Walking

Go Pro!

In Season

It’s Ghouls’ Night Out
It’s Ghouls’ Night Out

Get cute n’ creepy recipes to feed all your little monsters.

Allrecipes Cooking School
Allrecipes Cooking School

It’s everything you need to cook your best. Learn more about Allrecipes Cooking School.

Football Food for the Win
Football Food for the Win

All the game-day eats you need to crush the tailgate competition.

About Me
I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
My favorite things to cook
I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States