Here’s a bountiful round-up of recipes featuring hearty ways to use vegan sausage, including stovetop dishes, casseroles, soups, stews, and pizzas. There are lots of great brands of plant-based sausage, and they all add subtle spice and texture to an array of dishes.
You won’t be afraid to find out “how the sausage gets made,” as the saying goes, as the main ingredients are usually vital wheat gluten and/or tofu (be alert, though, if you have gluten or soy sensitivity).
Vegan sausage brands: Amy’s, Beyond, Field Roast, Gardein, Morningstar Farms, No Evil, Tofurky, and The Very Good Butchers all make excellent vegan sausage in an array of flavors and varieties. You may find store brands as well. They’re all good!
Bonus! Scroll to the end of this roundup for a recipe for making homemade chorizo sausage, and one for breakfast sausage patties. And thanks to all the talented bloggers who participated in this roundup and for permission to use their photos. Those not attributed are from this site.
Stovetop & Appliance Dishes
Vegan Sausage and Peppers: This homestyle Italian classic is easy to update with plant-based sausage to create delicious, easy vegan sausage and peppers. It makes a hearty one-dish meal, fantastic served with pasta, grains, or soft polenta or stuffed into hero sandwiches.
Skillet Baked Beans with Vegan Sausage: With all the flavor of the traditional oven-cooked dish, skillet vegan baked beans with plant-based sausage is delicious with a crusty dark bread like pumpernickel or a dark sourdough.
Rosemary Potatoes with Collard Greens and Vegan Sausage: This bountiful skillet dish features sweet and golden potatoes with collard greens. Flavored with rosemary and embellished with hearty vegan sausage, it makes a quick dinner entrée or a cool-weather brunch dish.
Vegan Sausage and Lentils with Yellow Rice: Vegan sausage and lentils and are a compatible duo in a tasty dish that cross several cuisines — a little bit Italian, a tad Spanish, and maybe even a touch Caribbean. Whatever its origins, this dish is hearty, unpretentious, and totally satisfying in a plant-based rendition.
Skillet Cornbread Stuffing with Vegan Sausage: Cornbread is only as good as it is fresh. So after you’ve had some of it straight from the oven, turn leftovers into a delicious skillet cornbread stuffing flavored with vegan sausage and mushrooms.
Vegan Sausage, Cabbage, and Potato Skillet: It’s easy to transform the original meaty version of this recipe to make a hearty skillet. The addition of potatoes makes it a substantial main dish.
Vegan Jambalaya: A combination of red beans and vegan sausage provides the protein in this easy vegan jambalaya, made with the culinary holy trinity of onion, green bell pepper, and celery, and simmered in a spicy tomato broth.
Hungarian Lecsó: Vegan sausage is an optional ingredient in this classic Hungarian stew of bell peppers and tomatoes.
One-Pot Veggie Sausage Pasta: From the Veg Space, a creamy and delicious 20 minute one-pot veggie sausage pasta with a sun-dried tomato sauce. All ingredients cook together in the same pot.
Crockpot Vegan Sausage and Sauerkraut: From This Wife Cooks, a hearty and flavorful one-pot dinner!
Instant Pot Vegan Pizza Pasta: From Thyme and Love, a super quick and easy dinner made with penne pasta, vegan Italian sausage, marinara sauce and vegan mozzarella cheese.
Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers with Veggie Sausage & Rice: From Cadry’s Kitchen, hearty stuffed peppers are packed with rice and sausage in a marinara sauce. They cook quickly in the air fryer.
Casseroles, Pizzas, & Other Oven Dishes
Roasted Vegan Sausage with Polenta and Fennel: What’s best about roasted dishes like this one is that they need little embellishment. A few vegetables, a little olive oil, and subtle seasonings are all it takes to make a dish with an automatic wow factor.
Vegan Hotpot with Sausage & Lentils: From The Veg Space, this easy vegan hotpot is a plant-based version of the traditional British classic, Lancashire Hotpot with a hearty base of vegan sausage, lentil and mushrooms.
Sausage and Mushroom Pasta Bake: From This wife cooks, a hearty and comforting casserole made with sweet Italian sausage and mushrooms in a creamy, dairy-free white sauce. Ready to serve in about 30 minutes!
Vegan Sausage and Cheddar-Stuffed Mini Peppers: From This Wife Cooks, sweet mini peppers are stuffed with a savory filling of simple ingredients then baked for an easy make-ahead appetizer!
Vegan Sauerkraut and Bratwurst Casserole: From Thyme and Love, a cozy casserole that is perfect for the cooler weather. It is loaded with vegan bratwurst sausages, onion, apples, and lots of sauerkraut!
Sticky Veggie Sausage Traybake: From Wallflower Kitchen, An easy and versatile veggie traybake that feeds four (or two very hungry) people. With vegan sausages, sticky onion chutney, roast potatoes, and carrots.
Vegan Sausage and Apple Stuffing: From Vegan on Board, this vegan stuffing is rich and herby. With vegan sausages, apple, sage, onion and nuts it is the ultimate festive side dish.
Roasted Vegetable and Vegan Sausage Pizza: Topped with plenty of roasted vegetables, this vegan sausage pizza is a treat for hearty appetites. Roasting the vegetables while the pizza bakes brings out their best flavor.
Vegan Sausage and Peppers Pizza: Vegan sausage and peppers pizza can be made red or white, and both are fantastic! Sausage and peppers are a classic duo in Italian cuisine, so why not combine them on a flavorful and filling pizza, and more importantly, why not make it vegan?
Soups & Stews
Potato and Escarole Soup with Vegan Sausage: Potato and escarole soup is incredibly warming and comforting. A classic Italian variation that calls for sausage is so easy to make vegan, using any of the great plant-based sausage brands available.
Carrot Soup: From Fried Dandelions, this hearty carrot soup is a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Just a few pantry ingredients come together to make a dinner worthy of company! Bonus: you can mix and match toppings to suit everyone’s tastes.
Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Vegan Sausage & Kale: From Cadry’s Kitchen, a cozy soup loaded with plump gnocchi, kale, and sausage in a creamy cashew broth.
Breakfast & Brunch
Vegan Biscuits and Gravy: Did you ever think you’d see the day when you could make vegan biscuits and gravy? And not just any gravy, but one made with hearty (plant-based) sausage? Well, that day has arrived.
Vegan Breakfast Hash: From Happy Food, Healthy Life, this vegan breakfast hash is a hearty plant-based breakfast that’s jam-packed with veggies and vegan sausage.
Vegan Roman Tofu Scramble: From Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen, loaded with onions, peppers, and garlic, The Vegan Roman Tofu Scramble is the ultimate breakfast dish! It’s great for weekend brunch and weekday “brinner,” too!
Vegan Chorizo & Pepper Frittata: From Wallflower Kitchen, You won’t believe this frittata is made without eggs! Filled with caramelized onions, red pepper, vegan chorizo or sausage, pesto and mozzarella-style cheese. It also boasts a whopping 35g protein.
Make your own
Homemade Spicy Vegan Chorizo Sausage: Yes, it sounds a bit like we’re showing off, but in all seriousness, this homemade spicy vegan chorizo sausage recipe is award winning. And you wouldn’t want to miss out on an award-winning vegan chorizo, would you?
Tempeh Vegan Sausage Patties: With its slightly fermented flavor and unique texture, tempeh is an ideal ingredient for homemade sausage patties. To make this well-seasoned tempeh vegan breakfast sausage recipe, everything just gets tossed into the food processor.