Food Lion is gearing up for National Bratwurst Day. This humble sausage hails from Thüringen or Franconia in Germany, according to Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth. Made from pork or veal, bratwurst has a salty taste with hints of ginger that add a punch of flavor to even the most basic ingredients. Celebrate on August 16 with pasta dishes with sausage, or try one of these classics spiced up with bratwurst, andouille, or chorizo.
1. Macaroni and Cheese
The combination of pasta and creamy cheese creates a backdrop that lets the flavors of bratwurst shine. Try it with medium sharp cheddar and cavatappi (corkscrew-shaped pasta with ridges that grab on to the cheese sauce) instead of elbow macaroni. Cook the bratwurst separately and cut it into chunks just before you stir it into the mixture.
2. Cajun Shrimp Sausage Pasta Skillet
Smoked sausage is a fantastic ingredient for weekday meals when you don't have hours to spend in the kitchen. When it's combined with seasonal vegetables, pasta, and spicy Cajun seasoning, you get a healthy, hearty meal that cooks in one pot. Try andouille or kielbasa with summer squash and zucchini. Leave out the pasta or rice if you prefer a low-carb or gluten-free option.
Give your tacos a makeover by substituting chorizo for ground beef. Slice open the casings surrounding the sausages to release the meat inside before cooking. The crumbed sausage gives the tacos a different — slightly softer — texture and adds just the right amount of smoky, spicy flavor.
4. Spaghetti and Meatballs
One of the simplest sausage pasta recipes to make is spaghetti and meatballs. Remove the ground sausage from the casings. Combine equal parts ground beef and sausage along with your favorite spices and shape the meat mixture into meatballs. Pan sear them before adding the meatballs to your sauce. The sausage helps keep the meatballs moist and flavorful.
5. Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Pasta
Perk up your pasta with the combination of hot Italian sausage and sweet shrimp tossed in a garlicky parmesan sauce. For this dish, you can remove the sausage from the casings or slice it into rings before cooking it. You can put together the entire dish in less than 30 minutes, so try it out on a weeknight.
With these recipes and your local Food Lion, you can celebrate National Bratwurst Day year round by adding bratwursts, sausages, and kielbasas to a variety of meals.