05/28/2013 08:54 am ET

Italian Sausage Recipes (PHOTOS)

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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 substitute for burgers, and adds a depth of flavor to stews.

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Italian Sausage