Healthy Sausage Recipes

Find healthy, delicious sausage recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Hash-Brown Egg Cups

These muffin-tin egg bites pack a crunch thanks to a crispy hash-brown potato crust. Using fresh hash browns, found in the produce section of most grocery stores, ensures a crispier result than you'd get from frozen. Plus, wringing them out before baking removes excess moisture, ensuring they'll be even more crisp.
By Devon O'Brien

Creamy One-Pot Orecchiette with Sausage & Peas

Rating: 5 stars 2
This easy one-pot pasta recipe earns the title "creamy" thanks to the addition of sour cream and Parmesan, which combine to create a savory cheese sauce that clings to the orecchiette, peas and sausage. The best part about this recipe is that it only requires one vessel to cook everything—pasta included. By using the exact amount of water you need to cook the pasta, the starch that usually gets drained off with your pasta water stays in the pot, adding even more creaminess. If you like spicy but not too spicy, use a mix of sweet and hot Italian sausages.
By Carolyn Casner

Cheesy Chicken & Cabbage Casserole

This cheesy chicken and cabbage casserole is creamy and briny with plenty of savory flavors thanks to sauerkraut and kielbasa. Gruyère (or Swiss) cheese adds a nutty flavor to the dish, while rye breadcrumbs on top give it a hint of caraway and a nice crunch.
By Devon O'Brien

Baked Cavatelli Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 2
This easy to make, comforting dish will keep you warm on a cold day.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Sheet-Pan Sausage & Peppers

Rating: 5 stars 4
This easy one-dish meal is bound to become a regular in your dinner rotation--it's super simple and comes together quickly. Be sure to preheat your sheet pan--adding vegetables to a hot pan helps start the charring and caramelization, without steaming your veggies. And remember, you are only heating up your sausage, not cooking it from raw in this recipe, but if you substitute with fresh sausage (which you can), you'll need to cook the sausage longer.
By Ivy Odom

One-Pot Italian Sausage & Kale Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
For a fast weeknight pasta dinner, why not cook your sauce and pasta all at once? By using the exact amount of water you need to cook the pasta--no colanders here--the starch that cooks off into your pasta water, which you usually drain away, stays in the pot, giving you delectably creamy results.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

One & Yum Squid

Rating: 4 stars 2
Paired with spicy chorizo, earthy chickpeas, peppery kale and crunchy almonds, this dish feels like an instant taste-escape to Spain.
By Clodagh McKenna

Sausage Spaghetti

Sausage, peppers and onions meet pasta with marinara in this sausage spaghetti recipe. This colorful dish cooks slowly, allowing the flavors to meld into the richly flavored sauce that coats the pasta beautifully. Serve with a Caesar salad on the side.
By Laura Kanya

Chicken & Shrimp Gumbo

Rating: 5 stars 12
Chock-full of shrimp, chicken, sausage, okra and tomatoes, this flavorful stew is a staple in Louisiana. Make it a meal and serve with Real Cornbread (see associated recipe).
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Kielbasa-&-Swiss Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Zesty sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and rye bread add Reuben-esque flavor to this surprisingly addictive spaghetti squash skillet recipe. If you can't find seeded rye bread, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon caraway seeds to the mixture in Step 2. Serve with a green salad tossed with red-wine vinaigrette.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Load-&-Go Slow-Cooker Soup with Mushrooms & Kielbasa

The aromatic trio of garlic, cumin and thyme harmonize in this hearty soup that comes together quickly before the slow cooker does most of the work for you. Kielbasa adds protein and a deeply savory note to this dinner in a bowl.
By Carolyn Casner

Sausage, Brussels Sprout & Potato Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Bake up some Manchego cheese toasts and uncork a bottle of Ribera del Duero to enjoy alongside this healthy pot of soup. Both sweet and hot Italian sausage work well.
By Carolyn Malcoun
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Inspiration and Ideas

Spaghetti Squash Soup with Sausage
Rating: Unrated 3
This easy soup is a great way to showcase the versatility of spaghetti squash. Sweet Italian sausage pairs well with the subtle sweetness of the squash. The broth that coats the thin strands of spaghetti squash is flavorful and light.
Split Pea Soup with Chorizo
Rating: Unrated 1
For this easy slow-cooker split pea soup, look for raw smoky, spicy chorizo. If you can't find raw chorizo, Italian sausage or merguez makes a fine substitute.
Chorizo Tacos with Homemade Whole-Wheat Flour Tortillas

These healthy tacos feature whole-wheat flour tortillas and chorizo.