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Italian Sausage!

Out of all the sausage options, Italian sausage is definitely the one that you should keep stocked in your freezer at all times. Because if you have a package of Italian sausage on hand, that means you have dinner taken care of. This flavorful sausage — sometimes sweet and sometimes spicy — doesn’t require much to make a satisfying meal.

And Italian sausage is not just for making pasta dishes either, though of course it works great in those kinds of recipes. It can make a great substitution for burgers, and adds a depth of flavor to stews.

In the United States, Italian sausage (salsiccia, in Italian) most often refers to a style of pork sausage noted for being seasoned with fennel and/or anise as the primary seasoning. In Italy, however, there are a wide variety of sausages, many of which are quite different from the product commonly known as ‘Italian sausage’ in the United States.

The two most common varieties marketed in US grocery stores as “Italian Sausage” are hot and sweet (or, depending on what region of the US, mild). The main difference between hot and sweet (mild) is the addition of hot red pepper flakes in the spice mix of the former.

Looking for the missing link to easy weeknight meals? Look no further, if you have Italian sausage in your freezer, dinner can be on the table in no time! This recipe for Fettuccine with Spicy Sausage and Cabbage Ribbons can be on the table in under a half hour, especially if the sausage is already thawed.

“If you have no idea where you want to go, it makes little difference how fast you travel.”
~ Italian Proverb

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