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Crock-Pot Sausage Meals

by Elizabeth Arnold, studioD

Sausage ranges from smoky to spicy, so you'll have no problem finding a flavor that satisfies your family's tastes. Transform your favorite sausage into a simple and satisfying meal with the help of a slow-cooker. Place all of the ingredients into the appliance and go about your day as your dinner is cooked.

Spicy Italian Sausage

Spicy Italian sausage in tangy tomato sauce is a versatile slow-cooker dish. Cut the Italian sausage into slices and place them into the slow-cooker. Pour your favorite bottled spaghetti sauce or homemade tomato sauce over the sausage. Create an extra layer or flavor by adding sliced green bell pepper and white onion, as well as fresh basil. Allow the sauce to simmer, then serve it over pasta or into fresh hoagie rolls. Serve the meal with a fresh garden salad and your family's favorite bottled dressings.

Sausage and Sauerkraut

If you're craving a bold flavor combination, allow smoky sausage to mingle with savory sauerkraut in a slow-cooker. Cover the bottom of the slow-cooker with Bavarian-style sauerkraut and top it with 2- or 3-inch kielbasa sausage pieces. Bavarian-style sauerkraut contains caraway seeds for enhanced flavor, while other types of sauerkraut do not. Include all of the liquid from the sauerkraut can or jar as well. Add seasonings, such as salt and pepper, to taste and allow the sausage to cook for several hours. Serve the dish alongside mashed or cubed, boiled potatoes.

Sausage Stew

Warm up a cold winter evening at home with hearty sausage stew. Brown any type of sausage, such as kielbasa, Italian or bratwurst, in a skillet and transfer it to a slow-cooker. Add any combination of chopped, fresh vegetables, such as tomatoes, green bell peppers, onions, carrots and squash. Pour in tomato paste and chicken broth and let the flavors mingle on low all day. Complement the stew with slices of crusty bread or crackers.

Sausage Risotto

Rich and creamy slow-cooker sausage risotto is elegant enough to serve during the fanciest of dinner parties. Place browned sweet Italian sausage slices into a slow-cooker, along with chicken broth, dry white wine, arborio rice, sliced zucchini and seasonings, such as basil, to taste. Cook until the rice absorbs the broth and develops a creamy consistency. Top each serving with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

About the Author

Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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