One of my husbands favorite dinners is spaghetti with Italian sausage. When we were shopping for our Italian sausage we could not find any mild sausage, so we ended up buying Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage. This product comes in a 19.76 ounce container, with shrink wrap around it. The package states that the sausage contain crushed red pepper and spices.
The back of the package has instructions for cooking the Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage. You can cook them in a skillet with a little bit of water, which takes 10 minutes on each side. If you choose to grill them outside on your gas or charcoal grill, you can expect to wait up to 30 minutes for the sausages to be ready to eat, but this method is time consuming as you need to turn the links every 4-6 minutes. Indoor broiling is a third option, and this takes 16-20 minutes.
I made the Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage tonight and served them with spaghetti, and I used the pan with water method. However, a good friend of mine who is a full blooded Italian gave me a tip on cooking Italian sausage, and I always follow her advice. She slow cooks her links in a pan with a little bit of water, on low heat, but she cooks them for a couple hours. When these Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage are cooked in this manner, they come out super tender and flavorful.
When the sausages were finished cooking, I drained the water from the pan, and there was a lot of orange colored grease in the water. I then added spaghetti sauce to the pan, and again let the sauce and the links cook together, allowing the flavors to blend, for about a half an hour. The overall flavor was delectable!! Although these links were “hot”, I didn’t find them so spicy that I could not eat them. I like mildly spicy foods, and these did make my lips burn slightly, but my husband who loves hot spicy foods didn’t think they were very hot at all. He said they were just perfect, and complimented me on a great dinner.
The back of the package has a recipe that is pictured on the front label, which is Sausage & Pepper Medley. It combines the Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage links with Italian tomatoes, red green and yellow peppers, onion, olive oil and garlic. This is all pan fried together until cooked and tender.
Because these are pork sausages, they should be cooked to an internal temperature of 180 degrees. The package contained 5 large links, each one containing 270 calories, 22 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, zero grams of trans fats, 60 mg of cholesterol, 710 mg of sodium, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of sugars, and 15 grams of protein. The serving also provides 4% of your daily allowance of iron.
These might not be the most healthy of foods, but they sure do make a spaghetti or lasagna dinner taste really special. For some reason the only brand of Italian sausage that we can find in our local area is the Johnsonville brand. It is always consistently tasty, and we have never been disappointed in this brand.