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Italian sausage leftovers: 10 Recipes that go beyond just pasta

Irina Gonzalez

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Irina Gonzalez is an NYC-based freelance writer and the recipe developer behind Healthy Latin Food, where she shares her favorite recipes, healthy eating tips and how she's maintaining a 100 pound weight loss. Her work has appeared on La...

These recipes using sweet Italian sausage will make you rethink that boring old pasta dish

One of my absolute favorite ways to save money when shopping for groceries is to take a look at the weekly deals. I'm not one to buy something just because it's on sale, but I turn into a giddy mess when one of my favorite products is up for grabs.

These recipes using sweet Italian sausage will make you rethink that boring old pasta dish

Which is why, of course, I ended up with a few too many packages of sweet Italian sausage this week. As I'm sure you would too, the first thing I opted to make was a sausage and pasta dish. And man, did my sausage and broccoli rabe bowties pasta turn out well! But now what?

When it comes to using up my leftover Italian sausage, I didn't really want to go for another pasta dish. And although I'm a big fan of freezing certain foods to help them last longer, I wanted to have my sausage fresh. Typically I love to use sausage in breakfast dishes, like an egg and potato scramble or some paleo-friendly sausage and egg muffins. But I didn't want to wait until the weekend to make something special. No, I needed a great (and easy) weeknight recipe today.

These recipes using sweet Italian sausage will make you rethink that boring old pasta dish

First, I remembered a friend telling me about a cheesy sweet potato casserole with vegetarian sausage, which I would, of course, substitute with my sweet Italian sausage instead. Then, briefly, I considered making something a little healthier, like a quinoa, green bean and sausage bake or maybe a spinach and sausage couscous dish. I even considered making some super-simple skinny Italian sausage and peppers but ultimately decided I wanted something heartier.

At first I thought about making some sausage cheddar balls. How good would those be served on some skewers with grilled veggies? But ultimately it's not quite the season for them. Then I drooled over sausage-stuffed kabocha squash. Though with squash not being in season at the moment, I opted to bookmark this recipe for later. In the end, I knew exactly what I was craving: sausage pizza tacos!

These recipes using sweet Italian sausage will make you rethink that boring old pasta dish

Seriously, who doesn't love tacos?

I think I could eat them all day, every day, and I love that this is a creative way to combine Italian flavors in a Mexican dish. Food mashups can often be the best part of cooking, and these sausage pizza tacos are sure to be nothing short of amazing.

At the very least, I know I won't get bored with all my sweet Italian sausage leftovers. And I know you won't either.

These recipes using sweet Italian sausage will make you rethink that boring old pasta dish

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