Penne and Smoked Sausage Tips
Are smoked sausages already cooked?
Yes—smoked sausages are almost always already fully cooked. (The meat is often smoked at a high enough temperature that it cooks while it's smoking.) Smoked sausages from major brands including Hillshire Farm, Eckrich and Jennie-O are all fully cooked. However, always check the label for the words "fully cooked" to be sure.
What else can I add to this penne and smoked sausage recipe?
Bell peppers are an awesome start! Choose fresh red or green peppers for a color boost, or use frozen mixed peppers for a convenient addition. Like a little heat? Then use poblano peppers, a spicier smoked sausage and pepper jack cheese. (Cheese soup instead of celery soup might be great here, too.) Finally, for a Creole touch, choose smoked andouille, a shrimp or lobster soup, cooked shrimp, and/or chopped okra.
What other meals can I make with smoked sausage?
There are more smoked sausage dishes than you can imagine—including these sausage skillet recipes
. In the morning, try this Hearty Sausage 'n' Hash Browns
dish topped with melted cheese and green peppers. For dinner, make a Sausage Potato Supper
with zucchini in less than 30 minutes. Research contributed by Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Book Editor
1-1/2 cups: 553 calories, 35g fat (14g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1425mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 22g protein.