Italian Sausage and Onions Recipe

Yes, Virginia, you CAN have an Italian recipe that does not include pasta and marinara!

I learned this cooking method from Joe.  Joe is the lovingly temperamental proprietor of Joe’s Italian Kitchen in Boone, NC. Back when I hosted a local TV show, the segment I filmed with Joe was one of my favorites!   He reminds me so much of my Italian grandfather, who could be tough when he needed to, while being a lovable teddy bear-type grandfather.  Joe’s 86-year-old father still come into his store every day to help make their treasured family recipes.

(Joe isn’t sponsoring this post, I just think it’s such a cool story, and the food is REAL Italian food!)

Joe showed me the method, but I’m taking liberties with the ingredients. I couldn’t remember what all he used, bit mine tasted pretty good!

Italian Sausage and Onions

(Joe used Green Peppers too)

Ingredients:

  • 5 links Italian Sausage
  • One medium onion
  • A handful of fresh Rosemary (you can experiment with the herbs)
  • Kosher salt or sea salt to taste

Directions:

1. Put the sausage in a saute pan, which can be used in the oven. Cook on medium heat about 5 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.

2. While the sausage is cooking, chop the onions and strip the rosemary from the stem.  Gently crush the rosemary just a little bit to release the flavor and aroma. It’s OK to add the Rosemary in chunks, because you may not want to actually eat all the rosemary.  It adds a wonderful flavor to the dish, but it can get overwhelming.

3. After the sausage browns, add the onions and rosemary to the pan.  It will look like this:

Sausage and Onions

4. Now, put the pan into a 375 degree oven for another 15 minutes or so, until the sausage is cooked through and the onions are caramelized.  I served ours with rice and pinto beans, because that’s what we had in the pantry!

Sausage and Onions Done

And lastly, ENJOY!  What do you think?

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Also, this meal was under $5.00 and fed our family of 5.

Sausage: $3.38 (on sale because today was the “sell-by” date)

Onion: $0.50

Rosemary: Basically free- it came out of my garden

Rice (1 cup dry): $0.50

Beans (1 cup dry): $0.50

Grand total: $4.88.