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Today is National I Love Food Day. What a great day to explore new foods or favorites. I love pasta and Italian Sausage. I should have been born Italian.

Italian Sausage Marinara with Penne

Italian Sausage Marinara with Penne

Ingredients
1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch slices
3 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 medium sweet yellow pepper, julienned
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dry red wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 can (28 ounces) Italian crushed tomatoes
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4-1/2 teaspoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta

Directions
In a Dutch oven, saute sausage until no longer pink; drain. Remove and set aside. In the same pan, saute the zucchini, pepper and mushrooms in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan.

Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, cheese, hot sauce, Italian seasoning, sugar and salt. Stir in sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour or until slightly thickened.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Serve with sauce. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Italian Sausage Marinara with Penne

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talian Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

Italian Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

Ingredients
6 medium zucchini (about 8 ounces each)
1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Cut each zucchini lengthwise in half. Scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-in. shell; chop pulp. Place zucchini shells in a large microwave-safe dish. In batches, microwave, covered, on high 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender.

In a large skillet, cook sausage and zucchini pulp over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking sausage into crumbles; drain. Stir in tomatoes, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, herbs and pepper. Spoon into zucchini shells.

Place in two ungreased 13×9-in. baking dishes. Bake, covered, 15-20 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5-8 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Italian Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

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Cheese-Stuffed Meatball Sliders

Cheese-Stuffed Meatball Sliders

Ingredients
1-1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
16 cubes part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 jar (24 ounces) Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional
1 jar (8.1 ounces) prepared pesto
16 dinner rolls, split and toasted

Directions
Divide sausage into 16 portions. Shape each portion around a cube of cheese. Place on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Remove to paper towels to drain.

In a large saucepan, combine spaghetti sauce and pesto; bring just to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Add meatballs; heat through, stirring gently. Serve on rolls. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Cheese-Stuffed Meatball Sliders

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Mediterranean One-Dish Meal

Mediterranean One-Dish Meal

Ingredients
3/4 pound Italian turkey sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup Greek olives
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions
In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until sausage is browned and onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, olives and oregano; bring to a boil.

Stir in quinoa. Top with spinach. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Editor’s Note: Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle

NOTE
You can use any kind of Italian sausage in this.s

Recipe found here: Mediterranean One-Dish Meal

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One-Pan Spaghetti and Sausage

One-Pan Spaghetti and Sausage

Ingredients
1 Jar (24 oz) pasta sauce
3 Cup(s) water
8 Ounce(s) uncooked spaghetti, broken in half
1 Package(s) JOHNSONVILLE® Three-Cheese Italian Style Premium Cooking Sausage, cut into thin slices
Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine pasta sauce and water. Bring to a boil, stirring often.

Stir in spaghetti.

Simmer, uncovered, for 7-9 minutes or until spaghetti is tender, stirring often.

Add sausage. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Recipe found here: One-Pan Spaghetti and Sausage

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Stromboli Ring

Stromboli Ring

Ingredients
1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack or part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Marinara sauce, warmed, optional

Directions
In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the Monterey Jack cheese, one egg and Italian seasoning.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into an 18-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Spoon sausage mixture over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.

Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet; pinch ends together to form a ring. With scissors, cut from outside edge to two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at 1-in. intervals.

Beat remaining egg; brush over dough. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake at 350° for 28-32 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with marinara sauce if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Stromboli Ring

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Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

Ingredients
3 Italian turkey sausage links (4 ounces each), casings removed
1 medium onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1-3/4 cups water
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
2-1/4 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Dash crushed red pepper flakes
Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions
Crumble sausage into a Dutch oven; add onion. Cook and stir over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil.

Add tortellini; return to a boil. Cook for 7-9 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; add the spinach, basil, pepper and pepper flakes. Cook 2-3 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted. Serve with cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings (2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

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