Upgrade your lunches with this one flavorful secret ingredient.

By Danica Lo
Updated: November 05, 2018
Abby Hocking

Give even the most casual of lunches an upgrade with this essential pantry ingredient that boasts a wide variety of uses.

Soup: For a warming winter lunch at home, consider a hearty lentil soup enhanced with the savory flavors of smoked sausage. Pair it with an earthy and spicy Côtes-du-Rhône.

Any and all sausages are welcome in this delicious feast. We like to use breakfast sausage, weisswurst and either hot or sweet Italian sausage.

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Mixed Grill: A sausage mixed grill is a visual feast--and a feast for the senses. Add smoked sausage to the repertoire--which can include any of your favorites. Here, we recommend a mix of breakfast sausage, weisswurst, and Italian sausages. Pair your feast with a full-bodied Chianti Clasico.

Abby Hocking

Upgrade Your Potato Salad: Turn a favorite traditional side dish into a craveworthy main course by adding Hillshire Farm® Smoked Sausage and blue cheese into the mix and serving it over a pile of peppery arugula in an easy vinegar-shallot-mustard dressing.