Italian Essentials: Sausage cakes in Tomato Sauce

Andy Anderson !


This is one of those recipes where I just wanted to see what I could come up with…

And this is it. You’ve heard of crab cakes; well, these are Italian sausage cakes.

They are a minimum of work to assemble, and look (and taste) awesome.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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3 - 4
15 Min
15 Min
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  • 1/2 lb
    italian sausage, mild or hot, your choice
  • 1 large
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp
    powered mustard
  • 3 Tbsp
    dry bread crumbs
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    salt, kosher variety to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • ·
    tomato sauce, your favorite, for serving
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    cheese for topping, your choice

How to Make Italian Essentials: Sausage cakes in Tomato Sauce


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Add the Italian sausage to a pan over medium heat.
  4. Sauté, breaking apart with a wooden spoon until thoroughly cooked.
  5. Chef's Tip: Don't crumble the sausage too fine... leave it a bit chunky.
  6. Allow to drain on paper towels, and thoroughly cool.
  7. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, mayonnaise, ricotta cheese and powdered mustard.
  8. Add the bread crumbs and Italian sausage, and combine.
  9. Chef’s Note: Season with a bit of salt and pepper, to taste.
  10. Divide into four cakes… like crab cakes.
  11. Place into a lightly oiled sauté pan, over medium heat.
  12. Cook until nice and brown, about 4 to 6 minutes per side.
  13. Place some cheese on top (I’m using provolone).
  14. Put under a broiler until the cheese is bubbly.
  16. Place on a plate with some warm tomato sauce, and maybe a sprinkle, or shave of Parmesan. Enjoy.
  17. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Italian Essentials: Sausage cakes in Tomato Sauce

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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