Easy Sausage Stuffing

A holiday staple and family favourite, this Easy Sausage Stuffing comes together quickly and easily thanks to store-bought stuffing cubes. You will love this recipe as it’s soft and buttery on the inside with crispy, golden edges on the outside. It’ll definitely become your new go-to stuffing recipe.

This easy sausage stuffing is a must-make dish on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any other large family gathering. Hearty and herby, this is my go-to recipe as it’s loaded with a variety of fresh herbs, garlic, onion, and sausage. This stuffing recipe is so full of flavor, everyone will reach for seconds!

Overhead view of a baking dish of sausage stuffing.

If you’re planning a holiday meal, then you’ll have to make my Garlic Butter Turkey Breast Recipe, Easy Roasted Turkey Leg, Potatoes au Gratin and Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken recipe to go with the stuffing. This stuffing also goes great with my Cranberry Orange Sauce as well.

How to Make Easy Sausage Stuffing

Ingredients

  • Store-bought stuffing cubes — Use unseasoned stuffing cubes as we are seasoning them ourselves.
  • Unsalted butter — Skip the salted butter or the stuffing might be too salty.
  • Onion — I use a yellow onion but you can use whatever you have on hand.
  • Celery — Just a bit!
  • Garlic — I prefer fresh garlic for this stuffing recipe.
  • Sweet Italian sausage — Make sure the casings of the sausages are removed.
  • Chicken broth — Use low sodium broth whenever possible.
  • Egg — You only need one egg. This helps bind everything together.
  • Fresh herbs — I use chopped rosemary, chopped sage, and chopped parsley to flavour my easy sausage stuffing.
  • Salt and pepper — You only need a pinch but feel free to add more to taste.

Instructions

Prepare the Equipment

  • Adjust the oven rack to the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with butter or coconut oil. Set aside.

Prepare the Stuffing

  • In a large glass bowl, add the stuffing cubes.
  • In a large skillet or pot, add butter and melt for 1 minute. Then, add the onions and celery and cook over medium heat for about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and sauté for 1to 2 minutes more.
  • Place the vegetables in the stuffing cubes bowl.

Cook the Sausage

  • In the same skillet, add the sausage and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Break the sausage up with a wooden spoon as you cook it over medium heat.

Combine Everything

  • Then, add the browned sausage and fat from the skilet to the bowl of stuffing cubes and vegetables. Don’t toss the fat as it adds flavour to the stuffing.
  • Add the chicken broth, egg, rosemary, sage, parsley, salt, and pepper to the stuffing cube mixture bowl and mix to combine everything.

Bake and Enjoy

  • Add the stuffing to the prepared baking dish and bake for 65-75 minutes or until it is golden and crisp on top.
  • It’s not necessary to cover the baking dish.

Close up of a baking dish of sausage stuffing with a spoon inserted.

What if I don’t have stuffing cubes?

Can’t find any stuffing cubes at the store? You can also use French bread. Cut a loaf of French bread into cubes, then bake for an hour at 200°F to dry the bread out. You can do this a day beforehand.

Can I use dried herbs?

If you don’t have any fresh herbs, you can use dried herbs instead. The ratio for the swap is that for every one tablespoon of fresh herbs, you will need one teaspoon of dried herbs.

Can I make this ahead of time?

I recommend prepping the components ahead of time and storing the sausage and wet ingredients separately, wrapped in the fridge. Then, on the day of serving, toss everything together and bake!

How do I know the easy sausage stuffing is done?

To tell if the sausage stuffing is ready, you can use an instant-read meat thermometer. The center of the stuffing should read 160°F.

A plate with a serving of stuffing with a fork inserted.

What variations can I make to this sausage stuffing recipe?

  • Make the sausage stuffing spicier by using a spicy sausage.
  • Add some dried cranberries or raisins to the mixture before baking.
  • Try making the stuffing with leftover cornbread for a different taste.

Can I freeze leftover stuffing?

This easy sausage stuffing is definitely freezer-friendly. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Why do you put eggs in stuffing?

The egg is what helps bind together the stuffing so it doesn’t fall apart as it bakes. Don’t skip it!

What are other holiday sides to make?

I’ve already mentioned my delicious cranberry orange sauce (Instant Pot HERE) that goes well with this stuffing. But here are a few more sides that my family loves for the holiday:

Easy Sausage Stuffing

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Adjust the oven rack to the middle position, and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13 in baking dish with butter or coconut oil. Set aside.
  • In a large glass bowl, add the stuffing cubes.
  • In a large skillet or pot, add butter and melt for 1 minute. Then, add the onions and celery and cook over medium heat for about 5 to 8 minutes. Don’t forget to stir occasionally. Add the garlic and sauté for 1to 2 minutes more. Place the vegetables in the stuffing cubes bowl.
  • In the same skillet, add the sausage and cook for about 10 minutes. Break the sausage up with a wooden spoon as you cook it over medium heat.
  • Then, add the browned sausage and fat to the stuffing cubes and vegetables bowl. Add the chicken broth, egg, rosemary, sage, parsley, salt and pepper to the stuffing cube mixture bowl and mix to combine all the ingredients.
  • Add the stuffing in the prepared baking dish and bake for 65-75 minutes or until it is golden and crisp on top. It’s not necessary to cover the baking dish. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Once Upon a Chef.
Serving: 1/8, Calories: 412kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 78mg, Sodium: 794mg, Potassium: 141mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g

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