October 20, 2020
We’ve all heard the latest craze about adding bacon to everything, but did you know that fresh sausage can be an excellent addition to your recipes too?
Sausage is much more versatile than we give it credit for. And more so than basic ground beef or ground pork, sausage has extra flavour thanks to the addition of herbs and spices, so you get extra flavour, without the work.
Forget ground beef or pepperoni on your pizza - dice some sausage and throw it on that pie instead! Love chicken noodle soup? Change it up and dump some tasty, crumbled or sliced Spolumbo's sausage in instead—it might become one of your favourite easy meals to make during the work week.
Whip up some grilled bell peppers and onions and serve these with a grilled sausage and some cheese on a deluxe sandwich roll—it’s like a tasty twist on a Philly cheesesteak! Similarly easy? Pick up a jar of marinara sauce and use that to top whole or ground sausage on a bun.
You can also buy some chorizo or Andouille-style sausage and mix it into a cheesy quesadilla with a side of spicy guacamole. Of course, you can always throw some sliced sausage into a pasta dish if you’re craving an Italian fix, too.
Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, sausage is the chameleon of proteins, and locally made Spolumbo's is one of the best choices out there, and readily available at Calgary-area Co-op stores.
Every Spolumbo’s sausage is gluten-free with absolutely no filler, binder, or preservatives, so you know you’re making a healthy choice for yourself and your family. The company is a local family business and uses only the finest ingredients—all made in the heart of Calgary’s historic Inglewood neighbourhood.
Spolumbo's also makes a wide variety of sausage flavours, so an easy way to change up a recipe is to choose a different style of sausage, from Diablo Salsa or Spicy Italian, to Whisky Fennel, from cajun Andouille to Bratwurst, the options are nearly endless.
This week we’re cooking with Spolumbo's sausages. Go traditionalItalian with this Spolumbo Mild & Spicy Italian Sausage with White Beans in Tomato Sauce. Make an easy hands-off dinner with this low-work, high reward Braised Spolumbo Mild & Spicy Italian Sausage in Marinara with Rice or switch up your soup game by using sausage instead of chicken or beef in our Sausage, Bean & Pasta Soup.
Sausage, Bean & Pasta Soup
olive or canola oil, for cooking
2 Spolumbo’s mild or spicy Italian sausages
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 L chicken stock
1/2 cup small dry pasta, such as ditalini, rotini or fusilli
1/2 - 1 cup cooked or canned kidney beans or chickpeas
1/2 cup chopped kale or spinach
salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese, for serving
1. Drizzle some oil into a medium pot or Dutch oven set over medium-high heat, squeeze the sausages out of their casings and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink.
2. Add the celery and carrot and cook for 3-4 minutes, until starting to soften.
3. Add the stock, bring to a simmer, add the pasta and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the vegetables and pasta are tender.
4. Stir in the beans and kale, stirring until it wilts.
5. Serve with Parmesan grated on top.
What’s for dinner tonight? Sometimes we all feel like just making the same old same old is good enough.
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