SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. – As part of a campaign to promote its Italian sausage, Johnsonville Sausage LLC announced its “Pastaville” Italian sausage recipe contest, which runs through Jan. 3, 2011. Entrants have the opportunity to win a $10,000 grand prize.

“Using Italian Sausage instead of another protein like chicken or beef can add great flavor to your favorite recipes,” said Bob Fitzgerald, Johnsonville brand manager.

Contest entries will be narrowed to six finalists, which will then be evaluated on taste, appearance and ease of preparation. The final recipes will be professionally prepared and judged by the experts at Johnsonville Sausage. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 in cash, the second-place finisher will receive $3,000 and the third-place winner will receive $2,000.

Details about the promotion are available at: johnsonville.com/pastaville.