Something simple with sausage
Hot Italian sausage was on sale at the supermarket so I picked some up. Other than making pasta sauce, what else can I do with them? Note, I don't have a BBQ so grilling isn't an option.
Broccoli Rabe...with garlic, olive oil and red pepper flakes......on a nice crusty hero roll or simply in a bowl with a litlle chicke stock
I have a family member who likes to smoke Italian Sausages....I also like to have RoastBaked Chicken with Sausages, Potatoes and Italian Long Hot Peppers..
Roll the sausage into meatballs in a soup like this one from Fine Cooking. I played with this recipe last week (omitted celery and vinegar; added sundried tomatoes, a pepper and some wine) and learned I'm not crazy about kale. HA HA! So if you're like me, you might wanna try it with spinach or some other green of choice. 'scarole, even? The soup itself was good and I didn't mind the kale as much when I reheated it.
I like fourunder's ideas, too.
Sausage and roasted peppers is always good eatin', whether over pasta or on a roll. And though I usually make pasta fazool (pasta e fagioli) with pepperoni, sausage is an option there, too.
Restaurant recipes using Italian sausage:
Cabbage & Sausage Soup ; Poor Richard's Restaurant, Waterford, CT
Lasagna; Paisano's Italian Restaurant, New London, CT
Stuffed Chicken Breasts; The Golden Cup Restaurant, Groton, CT
Slice up a cabbage, some leeks and an onion and saute with the sausages in olive oil (and butter if you like). Then add a cup or 2 of dry white wine and chicken broth and do a low simmer. Add some sliced red potatoes and let everything cook slowly. My sausages are garlicky but you could add some to the saute - finish with chopped Italian parsley. (Sometimes I slice and sometimes I cut in chunks - just try for the same size)
Almost any of the suggestions here would be great with a nice soft polenta finished with a mix of cheeses--my favorites are parmigiano, comte and roquefort. One of the best combos is the rabe with sausage and tomato sauce.