Recipes Using Ground Pork Sausage – What to Make with Ground Pork Sausage

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Ground pork sausage is for more than biscuits and gravy. If you have a package of ground pork sausage that needs used, try one of these 10 recipes using ground pork sausage. You won’t have to worry about what to make with ground pork sausage ever again.

Ground Pork Sausage Recipes other than Biscuits and Gravy

I love biscuits and gravy. It’s the perfect meal, but sometimes it’s nice to make a recipe with pork sausage other than biscuits and gravy.

If you’re looking for an amazing biscuits and gravy recipe, check out this version from Farm Wife Feeds.

Potato Sausage Casserole consists of layers of sliced potatoes, ground pork sausage, and shredded cheese covered in a basic white sauce. Creamy Sausage Potato Bake is an easy casserole that is reminiscent of what Mom or Grandma would serve.

Potato Sausage Casserole (shown above)

Is ground pork and ground pork sausage the same thing?

The first thing you need to know is that ground pork and ground pork sausage are NOT the same.

Ground pork is just that – simply pork that is ground up in texture and unseasoned in nature. Think of ground pork as similar to ground beef, but only the pork version.

Pork sausage is actually ground pork that has been seasoned with salt, seasonings, fat and other additives. Ground pork sausage typically comes in all different flavors from mild, medium, spicy, breakfast, Italian, Sage, etc.

Southern Pinto Beans and Sausage is a five ingredient dinner that is served up in 20 minutes.  This deep South recipe is hearty with the perfect amount of spice. Serve it up with cornbread for the perfect combination.

Southern Pinto Beans and Sausage (shown above)

Can I substitute ground pork for ground pork sausage?

Yes, you can substitute ground pork for ground pork sausage, BUT you’ll want to add a few other ingredients along with the ground pork. Your dish will turn out quite bland if you just use plain ground pork.

Ground pork sausage typically has many seasonings to make it so flavorful.  Add a combination of the following ingredients to suit your tastes and to mimic ground pork sausage: salt, black pepper, brown sugar, fennel, red pepper flakes, sage, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, etc.

With just four ingredients, this small-batch Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dip is perfect for a small gathering of friends or even a fun option for dinner with the family. Grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips and dig in!

Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dip (shown above)

Is breakfast sausage the same as pork sausage?

Yes, breakfast sausage and ground pork sausage are the same thing.

Ground pork sausage comes flavored in various ways (mild, Italian, spicy, sage, etc.), and “breakfast” sausage is one of the seasoning blends.

Breakfast sausage is seasoned with flavors that pair perfectly in all breakfast recipes.

Tuscan Sausage and White Bean Soup is a hearty, flavorful dish perfect for dinner any night of the week. Add some crackers and enjoy!

Tuscan Sausage and White Bean Soup (shown above)

Top 10 Recipes Using Ground Pork Sausage

Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup

This Tuscan Sausage and White Bean Soup recipe is an easy meal to make and customize to your own tastes.

This soup is our number one recipe on These Old Cookbooks. The recipe features pork sausage, cannellini beans, chicken broth and evaporated milk, and it is super easy to make. My family eats this soup every couple weeks in the fall and winter months.

I also created a Low Carb Tuscan Soup featuring riced cauliflower, and also a Kale Tuscan Soup too!

Other Soups featuring Pork Sausage

Potato Sausage Soup

Potato Sausage Soup is an old fashioned sausage soup recipe. This simple potato soup recipe uses breakfast sausage, diced potatoes, celery, and onion which is thickened up with a simple roux. 

I love old fashioned potato soup, but it’s very easy to have a bland-tasting soup. Solve that problem forever with the addition of ground pork sausage for a punch of flavor.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Sausage

Broccoli Cheese Soup with Sausage is an updated version of our favorite soup containing ground pork sausage for a flavorful alternative for dinner.  Kids and adults alike fall in love with this classic soup.

The addition of ground pork sausage to a tasty homemade broccoli cheddar soup makes it more filling with the extra pack of protein. You may never eat your broccoli cheese soup without pork sausage ever again.

Crock Pot Lentil Soup with Sausage

Crock Pot Lentil Soup with Sausage is a hearty lentil soup with tomatoes and sausage. 

More Recipes featuring Sausage

Southern Sausage and Pinto Beans

Southern Pinto Beans and Sausage is a five ingredient dinner that is served up in 20 minutes.  This deep South recipe is hearty with the perfect amount of spice. Serve it up with cornbread for the perfect combination.

This easy recipe is one that I tend to make ahead the weekend and serve later in the week when we have a busy night with little time to cook. All my kids gobble this up. The combination of beans, peppers and ground pork sausage has a creole spin for dinner.

Crock Pot Sausage Queso

With just four ingredients, this small-batch Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dip is perfect for a small gathering of friends or even a fun option for dinner with the family. Grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips and dig in!

Queso is served at every holiday, party and family gathering. Using the Crock Pot makes it easy to make and transport, and ground pork sausage is full of flavor for this simple dip. This is a small batch recipe perfect for a small gathering but easily doubled for a larger group.

Another great appetizer recipe using pork sausage are Polish Disasters (also called Hanky Pankies).

Mexican Goulash

Mexican Goulash is a fun spin on our favorite American Goulash recipe made with macaroni, ground pork sausage, sour cream, and tomatoes.  This Taco Pasta Skillet recipe is perfect for the whole family on a busy night.

This taco skillet meal has all the flavors of your favorite Mexican dish in a fast one pan meal. Think of this as a homemade hamburger help only using ground pork sausage instead.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

This Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce is full of flavor and hearty, featuring ground beef and sausage. Just throw the ingredients in the crock pot and enjoy.

Using the slow cooker for this tasty homemade spaghetti sauce allows the sauce to cook slowly infusing loads of flavor. Also the combination of ground pork sausage and ground beef is a homerun.

Casseroles Using Pork Sausage

Savory Sausage Rice Casserole

Savory Sausage Rice Casserole is a simple recipe from the past.  With kid-friendly ingredients including pork sausage and white rice, you'll have a meal the whole family will enjoy. 

This old fashioned recipe is perfect for any rice-loving member of your family. My kids love any recipe using white rice. Savory Rice Casserole uses the oven to bake the rice to perfection, and ground pork sausage makes it an entire meal in one dish.

Creamy Sausage Potato Bake

Potato Sausage Casserole consists of layers of sliced potatoes, ground pork sausage, and shredded cheese covered in a basic white sauce. Creamy Sausage Potato Bake is an easy casserole that is reminiscent of what Mom or Grandma would serve.

This is hands-down comfort food. Layer of potatoes and pork sausage are baked in an easy white sauce to create the ultimate dinner. This will quickly become a family-favorite recipe.

Cheesy Sausage Egg Breakfast Casserole

Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole is a simple breakfast option with just seven ingredients including ground sausage, eggs, cheese, leftover bread, dry mustard, salt and milk.

This classic breakfast casserole always goes over well with friends and family. Eggs, cheese, and breakfast sausage is cooked together with cubes of bread to make the perfect breakfast or brunch. Looking for an easy crock pot breakfast casserole with ground pork sausage? Try this 13 x 9 inch Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole recipe.

What can I substitute for ground pork sausage?

There are many different meats that can be used instead of ground pork sausage.

Just note, that you might want to adjust the other seasoning to prevent your meal from being bland. Pork sausage contains a variety of seasonings such as salt, black pepper, brown sugar, maple syrup, fennel, red pepper flakes, garlic, etc.  Be sure to taste your meal and try adding some of these seasonings to your own taste preferences.

  • Plain Ground Pork
  • Turkey, ground
  • Chicken, ground
  • Ground beef (also known as hamburger)
  • Venison, ground

You could also go meat-free by using a heartier chopped vegetable such as mushrooms or eggplant to mimic the texture of ground pork sausage.

Mexican Goulash is a fun spin on our favorite American Goulash recipe made with macaroni, ground pork sausage, sour cream, and tomatoes.  This Taco Pasta Skillet recipe is perfect for the whole family on a busy night.

Mexican Goulash (shown above)

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