I’ve compiled over a dozen of my favorite rope sausage recipes for you that are always a hit with my family, especially with the kids. Here, you’ll find more than just sausage pasta recipes. There’s everything from easy apps and breakfast bakes to complete and delicious dinners. Some are so easy that even the kids can help to make them.
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My family loves sausage recipes. From Polish Kielbasa with pierogi or Italian hot sausage and peppers, whether it’s sausage pasta recipes, sausage and rice recipes or the simplest sausage and potato dish, they can’t get enough. And what my kids love most about these recipes is that they’re easy enough for them to help.
When I’m making these sausage recipes, my favorite kind of sausage to use is rope sausage. There’s just something about it that seems fresher and far superior to regular sausage. It’s plumper and juicier and the flavor is just unique. If you’re unsure of what rope sausage is, check out the next section.
What is Rope Sausage?
Rope sausage, also called ring sausage or coil sausage, is a delicious and often overlooked protein option that goes well in so many recipes. The name can refer to a variety of sausages because it refers less to the type of sausage more to how it’s processed and packaged: like a coiled or banded rope.
Unlike shorter link sausages, rope sausage can be 3.5 – 4 feet long and the coil can weigh upwards of 2 pounds. They’re usually made from ground beef or pork, or a combination of the two, and stuffed in an animal-based casing. Some rope sausage, like the Italian Chevalatta, will also contain a blend of cheeses mixed in with the sausage in the casing.
You can find regular rope sausages at most grocery stores in the meat section. But I like to look around the Omaha Steaks, Amazon, and Southside Market websites to see what sort of specialty ring sausages or link sausages they have available and on sale. I’ve linked to their websites a few times throughout, so you could check them out too. And the sites always have the specialty sausages that the regular stores don’t usually carry.
Now let’s get onto what to make with rope sausage!! Trust me your taste buds won’t be disappointed!
BUSY WEEKNIGHT DINNERS USING SAUSAGE
These dinners make for quick and delicious weeknight meals when you’re swamped with kids’ practices or helping with homework. They’re also easy enough to have the kids help on the off-chance they are available. My daughter loves to help out in the kitchen when she can. Cooking is such a great skill for kids to have, and I love having the help!
One Pot Sausage Pasta Dinner – This easy one pot dinner is the very first recipe my son ever made. It’s a simple dish made with all beef sausage and it’s at the top of my list for dinners the whole family enjoys. Beef sausage, pasta, and some simple herbs and spices make for a delicious dinner everyone will ask for again and again. Get the recipe → here.
Crockpot Sausage Potato Soup – This crockpot sausage and potato soup is creamy, comforting, and so darn simple! Filled with chunks of potato and big pieces of sausage. I like the garlic sausage from Southside for this recipe because of its abundance of flavor. Get the recipe → here.
Pepper And Sausage Quesadilla – Traditional sausage and peppers gets a “Taco Tuesday” twist with these simple and delicious sausage and pepper quesadillas. You can make them on your Blackstone grill or your stovetop. They’re a great way to use up leftovers, and they’re always a hit. Try them with these jalapeno cheddar sausages from Southside Market. Get the recipe → here.
Roasted Sausage Potato Sheet Pan – Sausage, potatoes, and onion make a simple and sublime flavor combination. It’s a classic combo that is just perfect. And this easy sheet pan meal makes for the perfect family dinner. I like to use kielbasa in this recipe, but any rope sausage will do. Get the recipe → here.
Sausage Fried Rice – Sausage and rice recipes are so overlooked. But don’t skip past this simple sausage fried rice. It’s filling, flavorful, and a family favorite. It’s also great for on-the-go meals. Be sure you make a lot, because everyone always asks for seconds. Get the recipe → here.
Easy Sausage Rice Skillet Dinner – This easy Sausage Rice Skillet Dinner is one of those perfect weeknight dinner recipes. I love finding recipes that my kids can help to make or, in this case, almost make on their own, and Kylie jumped right into the kitchen with me to make this. Get the recipe → here
Sausage Macaroni And Cheese – This is a grown up mac and cheese that the kids always love too. It hits the big 3: easy, delicious, classic. You can make it with any type of sausage, but I like to switch it up by using kielbasa. Get the recipe → here.
Blackstone Peppers and Sausage – The classic Italian-American street food. Serve it on a roll or over pasta or rice. I love to use the garlic sausages from Southside Market, and I always make it on the Blackstone grill for that perfect texture and slight char. This classic recipe is an all-time favorite in my house. Get the recipe → here.
Cheesy Italian Sausage Pasta Bake – I love pasta bakes. They’re the perfect dinner for when the entire family is busy and I need something I know my kids will eat. That’s when I turn to this Cheesy Italian sausage pasta bake. It always comes out great and the kids love it! Get the recipe → here.
BREAKFAST RECIPES WITH SAUSAGE
People always say bacon, but to me sausage is the premier breakfast meat. It’s more flavorful and far more versatile. Sausage is a great part of these protein-heavy breakfast recipes. They’re perfect for everything from holidays to hangovers to holiday hangovers. They also just make a great weekend breakfast the whole family will enjoy.
Blackstone Breakfast Skillet – This Blackstone Breakfast Skillet is the perfect camping breakfast. It’s easy to make and packed with flavor and protein for those long hikes. It’s also a great breakfast if you’re just camping out on your couch binge-watching a show. Get the recipe → here.
Meatlovers Breakfast Casserole – Sausage, bacon, eggs, cheese and hash browns all in one casserole. This Meatlover’s Breakfast Casserole is a family favorite that is perfect for those busy weekends when there are games, recitals, and more. It’s also perfect for those weekends when nothing is going on and you just want an easy breakfast everyone can grab when they want. Get the recipe → here.
APPETIZERS WITH SAUSAGE
These sausage appetizer recipes require almost no prep time so they are fast and easy to make.They’re classic favorites that everyone al\ways enjoys. Perfect for gameday parties, potlucks, or as snacks after the kids get done school or practice.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Kielbasa – Kielbasa and cranberry sauce are two unique flavors that combine so well in this easy to make crockpot recipe. This recipe is always popular at potlucks and parties. And they make an amazing holiday appetizer. Get the recipe → here.
Crockpot Coca Cola Kielbasa – 3 ingredients yield amazingly delicious results with this simple Crockpot Cola Kielbasa. The sweetness of the soda is absolutely delicious mixed with the tanginess of the BBQ sauce and the oh-so-delicious kielbasa. My kids LOVE to make this one! Get the recipe → here
Bacon Wrapped Smokies – The absolute all-time favorite of game day parties and tailgates everywhere. Li’l smokies sausages wrapped in bacon and brown sugar then baked to perfection. It’s the little treat with a big, big flavor. Make sure you make a double batch, these go fast. Get the recipe → here.
Other Recipes To Check Out
- Easy Dessert Recipes
- Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners
- Comforting Winter Soup
- Tater Tot Casserole Recipes
- Recipes Using Coca-Cola
- Comforting Casserole Recipes
- No Bake Dessert Recipes
- Potato Salad Recipes
- Breakfast Casseroles
- Pasta Salad Recipes
- Crockpot Chicken Recipes
- Ground Beef Beef Recipes
- Crockpot Tailgating Recipes
- Crockpot Soup Recipes
- Super Easy Ground Beef Recipes