Homemade Sausage and Herb Stuffing is a fall favorite thanks to ground sausage, savory spices, and quick prep. A classic side dish, this mouth-watering golden brown sausage stuffing is overfilled with all the best flavors.
Coming together quickly and with little effort, sausage and herb stuffing is a flavorful side dish perfect for the holiday table.
Why you will love this Sausage Stuffing
No soggy bread – Admittedly, stuffing hasn’t always been my favorite. Soggy bread? Um, no thanks. But this recipe has much incredible flavor and is so delicious even a novice can turn out to perfection.
Making stuffing from scratch can change your opinion, and having this homemade stuffing side dish on your table is a must, especially if grandma is coming into town.
Quick & Easy – You can easily alter the bread with your favorite type of bread, making it your stuffing recipe. And with only 20 minutes of prep to the oven, it doesn’t take much time or skill to get started.
There are so many stuffing kinds that you could have ten casserole dishes with none of them tasting the same! Savory herb stuffing like this is super popular with holidays. Still, this sausage and cranberry stuffing is SO good and provides a sweet and savory taste that usually everyone loves.
Now it’s important to note that this stuffing is meant to be a side dish recipe and is not a stuffing intended to be stuffed in a turkey. Turkey stuffing requires cold or room temperatures and has different preparation.
- Unsalted butter – Sausage and chicken broth also tend to carry salt in this dish, so it’s best to use unsalted butter.
- ground Italian sausage – All the flavors in Italian sausage make it the perfect choice, but other great substations are turkey sausage and breakfast sausage.
- onion – White onion has the bite that I love to see in a savory stuffing, but if preferred, a sweeter yellow onion is an acceptable substitute.
- Diced celery – Slice down celery stalks into bite-sized pieces.
- Bread – The bread type can change the taste and texture of this homemade stuffing recipe. I use a high quality but plain white bread or plain wheat bread, but it’s OK to vary the actual bread as long as it can be cut into bread cubes. From artisan to wheat to even French bread, do not be afraid to experiment.
- Seasonings – Season with salt, sage, thyme, and black pepper. I love fresh herbs like fresh sage and fresh thyme sprigs but note that the dried versus fresh measurements are different and convert.
- Chicken stock – Also known as chicken broth, chicken stock can be purchased in a box, can, or homemade. It brings much more flavor than just using water. As a side note, it’s best to use low sodium chicken broth.
How to make Homemade Herb Stuffing
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease a casserole dish or 13×9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Add butter, sausage, onion, and celery in a large skillet.
- Heat on medium heat, stirring frequently or until sausage is browned.
- Using a bread knife, cut bread into 1″ cubes and place it into a large mixing bowl.
- Add seasonings and mix well.
- Add cooked sausage mixture to bread and mix well.
- Pour stuffing into prepared (sprayed) casserole dish.
- Pour broth on top of the bread, making sure to coat all pieces.
- If necessary, push the bread into the dish with the back of a spoon to absorb the broth.
- Bake herb sausage stuffing for about 45 minutes.
Can you Freeze Homemade Stuffing?
You can freeze it and warm it up in the oven. You may need extra broth to prevent drying out.
Prepping Stuffing the Night Before
You can prep this homemade stuffing ahead.
Just follow the instructions, seal up with foil, and pop in the fridge.
One of the main points when you prep ahead is to ensure extra moisture doesn’t get into the dish, so make sure the seal is tight in an airtight container!
Is this sausage stuffing carb-free?
Sorry, everyone, this stuffing recipe is not low carb or keto-friendly!
Easy Thanksgiving Sides
If you are making stuffing, it is likely holiday time! There are many fantastic holiday recipes that complement this stuffing as a side dish.
- Don’t leave without homemade green bean casserole and sweet corn casserole to round out a classic thanksgiving table.
- Plus, my friend Karen over at The Food Charlatan has this fantastic macaroni and cheese recipe that’s out of this world.
- If you would like another holiday friendly stuffing alternative, try this sausage and cranberry stuffing recipe.
- Whipped Cranberry Feta is the unique dip that makes a seasonal splash for the holiday appetizer season.
- Do not forget the fun of Christmas hot chocolate bombs in red and green!
- Lastly, oven-baked candied pecans are the snack that is perfect to munch on and give as food gifts.
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Sausage Herb Stuffing
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 lb ground sausage
- 1 diced white onion
- 1 cup diced celery
- 20 slices bread
- 1 teaspoon sage
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 4 cups chicken broth
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease a casserole dish or 13×9 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, add butter, uncooked ground sausage, diced onion and celery pieces.
- Heat skillet on medium heat, stirring frequently or until sausage is browned. Drain any excess grease.
- Using a bread knife, cut bread into 1" cubes and place into a large mixing bowl.
- Add all seasonings and mix well.
- Combine sausage mixture to bread bowl and mix together well. Pour stuffing into prepared casserole dish.
- Pour chicken broth on top of bread making sure to coat as many pieces as possible. If necessary, push bread into the dish with the back of a spoon to absorb the broth.
- Bake herb sausage stuffing for 45 minutes.
- Serve immediately while hot and store leftovers in an airtight continer.