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Heeeey guys! Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Saturday was my favorite day of the month: our local food truck festival! I don’t know why I love it so much. I mean, I visit all my favorite food trucks frequently but for some reason, it just makes my heart happy to see them all together. So the boys and I ventured to downtown Temple for kimchi fries, brisket nachos, and lumpia.

Anyway, big game’s this weekend, huh? Excited?!

Me too!

I love using Johnsonville Italian Sausage in dips like this Cheesy Sausage and Spinach Dip because it’s already full of delicious spices and herbs and that means you don’t have to waste time sifting through your overflowing spice cabinet for that bottle of paprika that you’re pretty sure you have.

I put their mild Italian sausage in pretty much every dip that I make.

Queso? Yep!

Chili cheese dip? Of course.

Spinach dip? Duh!

It just really adds the perfect hint of spice and a ton of delicious flavor. You can totally go for the hot version if you prefer it but I was sharing this with the kiddos so I went mild.

In honor of the big game coming up Johnsonville has a new online cooking show called The Sausage Dome. It’s a competition where sausage loving social celebs and enthusiasts present their best big game recipes to Johnsonville employees – so if you wanna see what recipes the professional sausage experts love, check it out. I’m obsessed.

This is totally the perfect dip for the big game. I feel like spinach dip is always a winner but add in some sausage and diced tomatoes with green chiles? Plus, cream cheese and monterey jack?

I’ll be making this one again and again. Especially since it’s so easy! The ingredient list is super short, you mix it all up in a single skillet, and then bake it until bubbly. And honestly, you should use a oven proof  skillet so you can just bake it in there. Make life really easy.

Let me know in the comments what you plan on making for the big game and make sure you check out Johnsonville’s Sausage Dome!

Cheesy Sausage and Spinach Dip


1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pound Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage
1 small white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained well
1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
tortilla chips, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage and diced onion. Cook, breaking up the sausage, until the onion is translucent and the sausage is cooked through. Drain and return to pan. Add garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add cream cheese, diced tomatoes with green chiles, and chopped spinach. Stir until cream cheese is melted. Remove from heat and stir in about half of the shredded monterey jack.
  3. Transfer mixture to an 8x8-inch pan and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, until bubbly. Serve hot with tortilla chips.



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