Easy Sausage & Herb Stuffing

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A longtime family favorite for the holidays, this easy sausage and herb stuffing uses store-bought stuffing cubes, eliminating the step of slicing and drying out the bread.

I used to host elaborate Thanksgiving celebrations, where I’d cook and prepare for days on end, only to be completely exhausted by the time my guests arrived on Thanksgiving day. After one glass of wine, I’d be nodding off at the table, dreaming of my pillow! I finally wised up by simplifying my menu and recipes. This delicious sausage and herb stuffing, for example, relies on store-bought stuffing cubes, which eliminates the step of slicing and drying out the bread. Believe me, when you are using a pound of sausage and an entire stick of butter, the bread does not matter much!

What you’ll need to make Sausage Stuffing

sausage stuffing ingredients

I’ve made this recipe using plain ol’ stuffing cubes from the supermarket (pictured above, usually made by Arnold or Pepperidge Farm) and “fresh” dried stuffing cubes from Whole Foods — both work well, although if you can get the ones from Whole Foods (they are sold in a plastic bag and labeled “stuffing cubes”), they do add a bit more texture.

As for the sausage, try to find bulk Italian sausage, which is simply sausage without the casings. If you can’t find it, just buy regular Italian sausage and remove the casings; the best way is to cut straight through the sausages with kitchen shears and then peel the casings off (this is much more efficient than trying to squeeze the meat out).

Step-By-Step Instructions

How to make sausage stuffing

Begin by melting a stick of butter in a large sauté pan. Add the chopped onions and celery.

How to make sausage stuffing

Cook until soft, about 8 minutes.

How to make sausage stuffing

Add the garlic and cook a few minutes more.

How to make sausage stuffing

Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl. In the same pan, cook the sausage until browned.

How to make sausage stuffing

As it cooks, use a  metal spatula to break it apart into small pieces.

How to make sausage stuffing

Add the sausage to the stuffing cubes and veggies. Then add the broth, egg, herbs, salt and pepper.

stuffing components in bowl

Mix well.

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Transfer the contents to a buttered 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

stuffing in baking dish

Bake for 65-75 minutes, until the top is golden brown and crisp.

baked stuffingEnjoy!

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Easy Sausage & Herb Stuffing

A longtime family favorite for the holidays, this easy sausage and herb stuffing uses store-bought stuffing cubes, eliminating the step of slicing and drying out the bread.

Servings: 8-10

Ingredients

  • 8 cups (400g) store-bought unseasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups diced yellow onion (from 1 large or 2 small onions)
  • 1 cup diced celery (from 3 large celery stalks)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 pound bulk sweet Italian sausage (i.e., sausage with the casings removed) -- see note below
  • 2-3/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with butter.
  2. Place the stuffing cubes in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter. Add the onions and celery and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Add the vegetables to the stuffing cubes. (Don't wash the pan but scrape out every last bit of vegetables, otherwise they will burn in the next step.)
  4. In the same pan, cook the sausage over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, until browned and cooked through, breaking up the sausage with a metal spatula while cooking (the largest pieces should be no greater than 1/4-inch). Add the browned sausage and fat to the bread cubes and vegetables.
  5. Add the chicken broth, egg, rosemary, sage, parsley, salt and pepper to the bread cube mixture and mix until the bread is soft and moistened. Transfer the stuffing to the prepared baking dish and bake for 65-75 minutes, uncovered, until deeply golden and crisp on top.
  6. Note: If you can't find bulk sausage, simply buy regular sausage and remove the casings.
  7. Make-Ahead/Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The stuffing can be assembled up to a day ahead and refrigerated until ready to bake; follow the baking instructions in the recipe. It can also can be frozen after baking, tightly covered, for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to serve it, defrost in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Reheat it, covered with foil, in a 325°F oven until hot.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (10 servings)
  • Calories: 467
  • Fat: 28 grams
  • Saturated fat: 10 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 40 grams
  • Sugar: 5 grams
  • Fiber: 6 grams
  • Protein: 15 grams
  • Sodium: 1,063 mg
  • Cholesterol: 57 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • This stuffing is the easiest I have ever made and it is so delicious! Don’t change a thing; it is perfect. Our guests all requested the recipe and leftover stuffing in their take home ‘care package’. This one’s a keeper!

    • — Franca on October 12, 2021
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  • I usually make stuffing for inside the bird, but with only 4 of us for dinner this year, we got a turkey breast roast instead. I will never make my old recipe again because this one is SO MUCH BETTER THAN MINE. Thanks! We loved it!

    • — Angie K on October 11, 2021
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  • Hands down the BEST stuffing I have ever made and / or tasted! This has become our favorite stuffing.
    Well done…
    Marc

    • — MARC MINETTE on April 2, 2021
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  • This was literally perfect as-is. I made this for my family for Thanksgiving AND Christmas! My brother, who is relatively picky, even requested it! My family has spent years searching for the perfect stuffing recipe and This. Is. It. We all around loved it.

    If I had to give a suggestion to cooks of this dish: more sage never hurt anyone 🙂
    I loved the decadent taste of the stuffing cubes (how easy, btw) and sausage, along with the delicate taste of the spices. Looking back, I would have used more spices to even the flavors even more to create a nice symphony! Honestly, so good.

    • — Kylie on February 3, 2021
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  • Hands down the best stuffing recipe ever! It was one of the favorite dishes at Thanksgiving this year. I will be making this every year!

    • — Jamie Hill on January 28, 2021
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  • Love this recipe! I make it every holiday. The combination of flavours is wonderful, great addition to my holiday table.

    • — Kathy on January 28, 2021
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  • This is my go to recipe for stuffing… it is a hit every time I make it! I do not make any changes to the recipe except for possibly doubling it!

    • — Sarah E on January 28, 2021
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  • I’ve made this recipe every year since I found it. It has become one of my family’s favorite parts of the meal. I freeze left-overs and serve them whenever I want to add a little something special.

    • — ann marie shifo on January 28, 2021
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  • This was the holiday meal stuffing I had been imagining – perfect flavor and texture. I cut the sausage by half and it was perfectly flavorful and rich without being too rich. I browned the sausage and sautéed the veggies and herbs a week beforehand and put them in the freezer. Christmas Day I just had to stir the broth and thawed veggie sausage mixture into the bread and bake! Super easy!!

    • — Steffanie on January 28, 2021
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  • Made this 3 or 4 times and it’s foolproof; my only complaint is it’s pretty butter-heavy and can be hard to eat a lot of on account of the grease. The flavour profile is astounding.

    • — Corrine on December 31, 2020
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  • Over the years I have made so many variations of stuffing and I’ve finally found the ‘one’. It was moist, just enough seasoning and delicious. I did add carrots and didn’t have fresh sage and so I used dried sage. I also used this recipe for the stuffed turkey breast recipe from this site too. My only complaint is that I wish I made more. I have zero leftovers of stuffing which is usually the one dish I normally have an abundance of after our Christmas meal! My entire family loved this – Thank you!

    • — Geraldine on December 26, 2020
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    • Sorry realized I didn’t indicate 5 stars

      • — Geraldine on December 26, 2020
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  • Made this for the first time today. The flavor was great. As I poured in the broth I still had a half cup left and realized the stuffing cubes were getting pretty mushy so I didn’t add more. It was a good call. The top baked up nicely but under that stayed much mushier than I would have liked. So next time I will reduce the liquid even further. I suggest adding the liquid very slowly so that your stuffing doesn’t get mushy. Wouldn’t change anything as far as flavor goes though because it was excellent.

    • — Susan on December 25, 2020
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  • Hands down the best stuffing I’ve ever had and/or made. I made it a day ahead like Jen mentioned and it was flawless. Made thanksgiving less stressful! I cannot wait to make it again tomorrow in prep for our Christmas meal. It’s only three of us eating due to covid restrictions but I’m making the entire recipe portion! Haha
    Thanks Jen, you are a legend!
    Ps zero additives/alterations needed. Let’s leave perfection alone! 🙂

    • — Michelle on December 24, 2020
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  • Hi,

    Can you use boxed stovetop stuffing instead of the cubes?

    Thanks,

    Meghan

    • — Meghan Bertenshaw on December 23, 2020
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    • Hi Meghan, I sometimes use the unseasoned Pepperidge Farm stuffing cubes. I’m not sure if Stovetop stuffing cubes are seasoned or if there is some sort of seasoning packet? If they are seasoned, I would cut back on the salt and herbs.

      • — Jenn on December 23, 2020
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    • This was THE BEST STUFFING!!!! I have already made it twice this holiday season. Perfect as is. No changes needed.

      • — Kanda on December 24, 2020
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  • Really good! I also added 1-2 diced carrots, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, and omitted the egg. I also premade it the day before and just refrigerated until ready to put in the oven 🙂

    • — Nicole on December 23, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn,

    Can I make this recipe without using any sausage?

    • — Heather on December 21, 2020
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    • Hi Heather, the sausage plays a really important role here as it adds a ton of flavor. If you want a vegetarian option, I’d suggest this stuffing instead. Hope you enjoy if you make it!

      • — Jenn on December 22, 2020
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      • Thank you so much for your suggestion and honesty. Have a safe holiday season.

        • — Heather on December 23, 2020
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  • Can turkey parts, legs, thighs be put on top of stuffing and baked at same time?

    • — Lucille Hellings on December 14, 2020
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    • Hi Lucille, I wouldn’t recommend it. I don’t think the meat will be fully cooked by the time the stuffing is done. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on December 15, 2020
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  • I was not a fan of sausage stuffing to go with Thanksgiving dinner but this recipe changed my mind. It was delicious. I bought the bulk mild sausage meat from Whole Foods and used heir stuffing cubes as well. By breaking the sausage meat into small pieces while sautéing gave the stuffing a subtle flavor without overpowering the other flavors. Used no butter(allergies in family) and sautéed the veggies in sausage drippings. It was a hit with the family and will make it again!
    Thank you Jenn! Your recipes don’t disappoint!

    • — Irene on December 10, 2020
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  • I made this for Thanksgiving and this was really nice. I had a slightly smaller bag of stuffing mix and it still worked perfectly. Thank you!

    • — Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes on December 3, 2020
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  • So good. I was a little intimidated but prevailed. Thinking about adding chopped apples next time. What’s your opinion on that, Jenn?

    • — Mark S Fisher on December 2, 2020
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    • Hi Mark, I think apples would be delicious.

      • — Jenn on December 3, 2020
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  • This was second recipe I made for this years feast, I did mod it a bit by using the cornbread crumbs, and had some turkey bone broth, but everything else was same. All raved about this recipe as well. Delish, and I love your site too as well. Its bookmarked! Trying the beef stew recipe tomorrow, as we are a bit worn out now on Thanksgiving recipes!

    • — Beckie on November 30, 2020
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  • This was fantastic. I stuffed my bird and had a little left over and baked it. I think I baked it too long by accident, however no one complained. My family questioned why I was changing things up, I told them I have always hated my family’s recipe…. they now want this one! Will be making this every year, it was so so good! Thanks Jenn for your assistance on my questions ( green onion substitution was spot on and did not affect by son’s UC condition) and your speedy replies, you are AWESOME! I have used many of your other recipes as well!

    • — Tani Odorfer on November 28, 2020
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  • Delicious, everyone loved it. The only things I added was a little extra fresh sage and swapped out the sausage for mild turkey sausage 👍👍👍

    • — Ursula on November 28, 2020
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  • Super easy to make and fantastic. I added 1 granny smith apple and cranberries. This is going to be a Thanksgiving staple.

    • — Marcela on November 28, 2020
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  • Followed the recipe to the letter, except I left out the onions to which my wife is allergic (makes cooking difficult!). I used onion powder instead.
    This is an easy recipe. However, it came out a little dry. Otherwise, good taste.

    • — Dan on November 27, 2020
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  • Very flavorful but the top layer of cubes were dry and too crunchy. May try with ground-up bread crumbs next time.

    • — Niki on November 27, 2020
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