This week my ‘big buy’ was Johnsonville ® Italian Sausage at Kroger, which I stocked up on. I bought 6 packs because I have a limited, $30.00 grocery budget this week. That’s ok – by stocking up and utilizing my stockpile and garden, we eat well and have plenty! I purchased some portabellas too, because I have several packs of imitation crab, and the seafood portabellas are looking good! They call for crab and Italian sausage. Recipe for Italian Seafood Portabellas
We’ve discovered that Italian sausage is often much less expensive than ground beef, and tastes as good, indeed, better, in many dishes. We use it in lasagne, spagetti and other pasta dishes, on pizza, and as a stuffed bread dish using the 15 minute a day breaddough.
Italian Sausage freezes well and it is easy to work with, and I find that there is much less fat than with 80/20 beef. I also like how it is easy to use a couple of links at a time, and freeze the rest. Often I only need a couple for pizzas. I remove mine from the casings, I just take a sharp knife and cut down the side – the sausage comes out cleanly and easily.
Johnsonville Italian Sausage is on sale at Kroger for $3.99 a pack this week. Locally Kroger doubles (many do) so after .50 coupons it was $2.99 a pack. Ronzoni Garden Pasta is $1.00 a box, and with the 1.00 off coupons that are out, it was free. I found both of these great coupons on which is my favorite coupon site.
Also, Carolina Pride ® Bologna is $1.00 a pack, and is free if you have the .50 cent coupon from the 7/31/2011 SS Insert and your store doubles. I’m not a huge fan of bologna, but I do like it on Subway’s ® Cold Cut Combos, which can be easily made at home.
So that’s how I’m stretching my dollars this week. If anyone has a good Italian Sausage recipe, please share it!