Looking for ideas on how to use ground sausage? You’ve come to the right place! Keep reading to find over 25 of the best ground sausage recipes for easy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks!

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Do you love ground sausage but aren’t always sure how to use it? We’ve got you covered with easy recipes that will give you all the inspiration you need!

From weeknight meals like our creamy pasta sausage skillet to holiday side dishes like sausage and apple stuffing, we’ve got a ground sausage recipe for all your needs. These recipes are so good they are sure to be made on repeat!

Tasty Ground Sausage Recipes

Each recipe on this list is better than the next. You won’t be disappointed no matter which one you choose to make.

1. Italian Sausage Soup

In just 10 minutes, you can have a bowl of this hearty Italian sausage soup. The comforting recipe is loaded with veggies, noodles, and a luscious tomato broth alongside flavorful ground sausage.

Italian Sausage Soup
This easy Italian sausage soup takes just 10 minutes to put together! It's a one-pot soup loaded with flavorful Italian sausage, tons of veggies, and a perfectly seasoned tomato broth.
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2. Sausage Croissant Breakfast Casserole

If you are looking for a filling breakfast, look no further than this sausage croissant breakfast casserole. The casserole loads up on the sausage, keeping the protein high for a hearty breakfast that will keep you full all morning long!

Sausage Croissant Breakfast Casserole
This easy sausage croissant breakfast casserole is the perfect make ahead meal. The flakey croissants, hearty sausages, and delicious cheese are a winning combination.
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3. Sausage Stuffing

After one bite of this sausage stuffing, you’ll never want to make classic stuffing again. The hearty sausage loads up on an Italian sausage for an excellent twist on a traditional dish.

Sausage stuffing in a casserole dish with a portion missing.
Sausage Stuffing
This Sausage Stuffing amplifies the taste and texture of boxed stuffing mix with the addition of savory Italian sausage, veggies, and fresh herbs, Easy to prepare, it's absolutely packed with rich, savory flavor and is sure to be a Thanksgiving favorite!
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4. Spicy Sausage and Cheese Crock Pot Dip

This spicy sausage and cheese crock pot dip is perfect for a holiday party or game-day appetizer. It’s so addicting that you’ll want to slurp it up with a spoon, though we recommend pairing it with tortilla chips.

Spicy Sausage and Cheese Crock Pot Dip
This Sausage Cheese Dip full of two kinds of cheese, black beans, corn, tomatoes and green chilis that is sure to please any crowd! 
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5. Zucchini Boats

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or bland, and these easy zucchini boats prove it! Fresh zucchini are filled with a savory sausage and cheese mixture. Baked in the oven, it’s a quick meal that will fill you up and leave you feeling great.

Zucchini Boats
This recipe for zucchini boards proves that eating low carb can be delicious! Simple ingredients loaded with flavor!
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6. Sausage & Apple Stuffing

If you love food combinations that are slightly sweet and savory, this sausage and apple stuffing will be right up your alley. The Italian sausage complements the baked apples, making for a combination you never knew you needed.

Sausage & apple stuffing in a white casserole dish.
Sausage & Apple Stuffing
Sausage & Apple Stuffing is the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, with fragrant herbs, Italian sausage, and tender baked apples. You’ll love it for Thanksgiving or any time of year!
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7. Creamy Sausage Pasta Skillet

This creamy sausage pasta skillet will be a lifesaver next time you are short on ideas for weeknight dinner. The creamy pasta uses ground pork sausage for a quick recipe even your pickiest eater will love.

Creamy Sausage Pasta Skillet
This creamy sausage pasta skillet made with ground pork is quick and delicious. An easy weeknight dinner with Italian flavors.
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8. Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese

Give your classic mac and cheese and upgrade with this stovetop sausage mac and cheese recipe. The addition of savory sausage and veggies transforms a traditional side dish into a hearty, family-friendly meal!

Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese
I’m sharing #SausageFamily in my life as part of a Johnsonville sponsored series for Socialstars™ Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese makes a hearty family meal and it can be made in under 30 minutes
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9. Easy One-Skillet Sausage and Peppers with Rice

This one-skillet sausage and peppers recipe is the perfect option on a busy weeknight! Healthy and high in protein, it comes together in one dish in just 30 minutes!

Easy One-Skillet Sausage and Peppers with Rice
Italian Sausage, Peppers & Onions Skillet — This easy one-skillet recipe combines Italian sausage and peppers with sweet Vidalia onions and rice to make a quick dinner that’s ready in 30 minutes!
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10. Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

With just five ingredients, you can have a standout appetizer. Cream cheese, sausage, shredded cheese, chives, and Bisquick baking mix combine to make these little balls of goodness. It’s one recipe no one can resist!

A bowl of cream cheese sausage balls.
Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
These five-ingredient cream cheese sausage balls are quick and easy to make with a total time of under 30 minutes. Pair them with your favorite dipping sauce for the perfect snack or appetizer on holidays and game days!
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11. Sausage Pinwheels

These little sausage pinwheels not only look amazing but taste delicious.! The mini rolls-up are perfect to serve as an appetizer, on game day, or as an after-school snack.

Sausage pinwheels.
Sausage Pinwheels
These easy sausage pinwheels are a favorite holiday appetizer! With irresistible crescent roll dough and a creamy, cheesy, sausage filling, they’re impossible to resist.
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12. School Pizza

Go back in time with a slice of this school pizza. The square pieces load up with sausage, Italian seasoning, pizza sauce, and a whole lot of cheese. It’s comforting in the best way possible!

School Pizza
When you're feeling nostalgic, School Pizza is the pizza you want! Absolutely reminiscent of the elementary school cafeteria, this classic and comforting take on pizza is so easy to make at home.
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13. Creamy Italian Sausage Soup

Warm up on a cold night with a bowl of this creamy Italian sausage soup. The creaminess of the soup comes from potatoes, which pairs delectably with the sausage for an incredible flavor that will have you practically licking the bowl.

Creamy Italian Sausage Soup
This Italian sausage soup is a creamy delight. It’s loaded with tender sausage, potatoes, and has an irresistible creamy broth! It’s ready in under an hour and uses everyday ingredients.
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14. Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

Upgrade your basic rigatoni pasta with the addition of ground sausage. The 30-minute meal is great to cook during the week or for a nice dinner with friends on the weekend. It’s that versatile!

Creamy Sausage Rigatoni
Creamy Sausage Rigatoni
One-Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni is an easy-to-make weeknight dinner made in just 30 minutes! This rigatoni recipe features basic ingredients found in most grocery stores. Everything is cooked in one pan on the stove-top: Italian
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15. Italian Drunken Noodles

Chinese and Italian food mash-up to make these Italian Drunken noodles. The unusual combination is bold in a good way. The beloved dish will become a regular in your meal rotation.

Italian Drunken Noodles
Strangely enough, this dish combines two forms of cuisine. One is Chinese and the other is Italian. It makes a wild and delicious combination of flavors that is not only unique, the dish is loved
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Hearty Ground Sausage Recipes To Try

16. Sausage Balls

The next time you get a last-minute invite to someone’s house and need to bring an appetizer, think of these sausage balls. They have four ingredients, come togehter quickly, and are always a crowd-pleasing recipe!

Cooked sausage balls.
Sausage Balls
Sausage Balls are the perfect easy appetizer made with just 4 simple ingredients – sausage, Bisquick, shredded cheddar cheese, and milk.
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17. Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi with Sausage, Goat Cheese and Spinach

Make your home kitchen feel like a restaurant with this creamy sun-dried tomato gnocchi with sausage, goat cheese, and spinach. The creamy pasta dish is so good it will have you leaving a tip for yourself at the end of the night!

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi with Sausage, Goat Cheese and Spinach
Comfort food at its best, Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi with Sausage, Goat Cheese and Spinach is sure to become a family favorite!
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18. Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole

Start your morning off on the right foot with this crescent roll breakfast casserole. The breakfast casserole is excellent for brunch or a lazy morning with the family.

Crescent roll breakfast casserole in a baking dish.
Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole
This easy crescent roll breakfast casserole has a soft, puffy crescent roll crust, topped with a layer of cheesy eggs and sausage. Customize it with your favorite add-ins and toppings for a perfect brunch recipe!
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19. Best Sausage Gravy

The lumpy appearance of this fun sausage gravy recipe is thanks to the inclusion of sausage! Serve it over your favorite biscuits for a cozy breakfast or a filling brinner situation.

Best Sausage Gravy
Best Sausage Gravy is the most simple and flavorful country gravy from scratch! This mouthwatering gravy is perfect with your favorite biscuits and ready super fast!
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20. Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Show off your chef skills by making these little sausage stuffed mushrooms. The crunchy topping combined with the juicy sausage center make for the ultimate bite.

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms are crunchy on top with a creamy and juicy center. They are loaded with flavor and really stand out as a holiday party appetizer.
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21. Sausage Stuffed Peppers

Ditch the traditional beef stuffed peppers, and opt for a version filled with sausage with this tasty recipe. Garlic, herbs, cheese, rice, and sausage get stuffed in hollowed-out peppers before being baking in the oven. It’s an easy to serve, perfectly portioned dinner!

Sausage Stuffed Peppers
Sausage Stuffed Peppers
These sausage stuffed peppers combine garlic, sausage, herbs, cheese, and rice to make a hearty, flavorful, and conveniently portioned dish.
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22. Sausage and Tomato Risotto

You can’t go wrong when it comes to pairing sausage and tomato together. Don’t believe me? Try out its sausage and tomato risotto recipe, and see for yourself!

Sausage and Tomato Risotto
A hearty, crowd-pleasing dinner that feels right any night of the week.
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23. Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

Skip the morning breakfast prep, and make everything the night before thank to this sausage hashbrown breakfast casserole. All you have to do in the morning is wake up, and put it in the oven!

sausage hashbrown breakfast casserole served in a glass casserole dish
Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
This Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole is the perfect overnight breakfast for a weekend brunch or big appetites! It’s full of savory flavor and lots of cheddar cheese.
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24. Keto Breakfast Casserole

Just because you are on the Keto diet doesn’t mean you can’t have a filling and tasty breakfast. Just look at this Keto breakfast casserole, for example. It’s meat, cheesy, and unbelievably satisfying. Don’t be surprised when this dish makes a regular appearance in your breakfast rotation!

Keto Breakfast Casserole
This hearty keto breakfast casserole proves that eating healthy can still be satisfying! With sausage, spinach, eggs, and cheese, it’s a low carb breakfast that’s packed with flavor.
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25. Sausage and Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Balls

Pretzel balls are good on their own, but they are one hundred times better when they are stuffed with sausage and cheddar cheese. These little bites make perfect snacks, appetizers, and game-day treats!

Sausage and Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Balls
These pretzel balls are really the perfect appetizer or party food. They’re super easy to pass around and delicious to eat.
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26. Easy Sausage Tortellini Soup Recipe

Warm up with a bowl of this creamy sausage tortellini soup. You might as well double the recipe so you can enjoy it all week long. Trust me. You’re going to want several bowls!

Easy Sausage Tortellini Soup Recipe
Easy Sausage Tortellini Soup Recipe
Easy sausage tortellini soup recipe is such a beautiful and flavorful dish that you will have a hard time only eating one bowl.
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Is ground pork the same as ground sausage?

While the two have many similarities, they are not the same thing. Ground pork is rather plain ground meat. Meanwhile, ground sausage has additional seasoning and additives like fat, spices, and salt.

Can you overcook ground sausage?

Yes, just like any other meat, ground sausage can become overcooked. You want to cook the meat so it browns and forms a golden crust. However, it should not cook so long that it burns and dries out.

Why is my ground sausage rubbery?

If you find that your ground sausage is rubbery, chances are you overcooked it. Pay attention to the recipe, and follow the timing on the instructions to make sure it doesn’t overcook and come out rubbery!

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  1. They all look so fabulous! I need to try that croissant breakfast casserole 😍 Thanks for including our creamy sausage pasta!

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      You’re so welcome! It’s delicious. We hope you do give the casserole a try!

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