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Traditional stuffing recipe is baked and served as a Thanksgiving side dish.
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Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Traditional Sausage Stuffing is full of fresh sage and herb flavor, has a pudding-like consistency with a crisp topping and is loaded with ground sausage.  Learn how easy it is to make the best and most classic Thanksgiving and Christmas side dish completely from scratch.

Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 274 kcal


  • 1 lb. bread 10-12 cups bread cubes*
  • 1 large sweet onion finely diced
  • 3 stalks celery finely diced
  • 4 Tbsp. butter or oil
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 lb. ground sausage mild or spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 Tbsp. each rosemary sage, thyme, fresh
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 3 - 4 cups chicken broth regular sodium
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt divided
  • ½ tsp. black pepper


  1. Cut bread into ½-inch cubes using a serrated knife.
  2. Either let bread cubes sit out for 24-48 hours to dry or add to a 275°F oven for 40-45 minutes on a large sheet pan.

  3. Once breadcrumbs are done drying out, change oven temperature to 375°F.

  4. Add butter or oil, onion, celery, crushed garlic, and ½ teaspoon salt to a large saucepan or skillet over medium heat.

  5. Saute for 7-8 minutes, or until vegetables become tender.
  6. Push vegetables to the side of the skillet and add ground sausage. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  7. Crumble sausage using a potato masher so there are no large clumps remaining.
  8. Whisk together eggs, herbs, paprika, 1 cup chicken broth, remaining salt, and black pepper in a medium-sized bowl.
  9. Add dried bread cubes to an extra-large bowl and toss together with egg mixture.
  10. Pour in sautéed veggies and sausage. Mix until well combined.
  11. Lightly coat a 13x9-inch baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and pour in stuffing mixture.  Pour 2 more cups of broth over the entire dish.
Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30-35 minutes.  Remove the aluminum foil and check stuffing to see if it needs more broth.  If it does, pour remaining ½ cup to 1 cup of broth over the stuffing and return to oven for 20-30 minutes.

  12. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • To get the top extra crispy, brush with an additional 2 tablespoons of butter and broil for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • White bread, baguette, Challah, and store-bought bread cubes will all work great.
Nutrition Facts
Sausage Stuffing Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 1231mg54%
Potassium 317mg9%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 337IU7%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.