Easy Sausage & Herb Stuffing

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A 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.

Spoon in a baking dish of sausage and herb stuffing .

I used to host elaborate Thanksgiving celebrations, where I’d cook 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 and dreaming of my pillow. I finally wised up by simplifying my side dishes and desserts. This rich sausage and herb stuffing relies on store-bought stuffing cubes, which eliminates the step of slicing and drying out the bread. Believe me, when you’re using a pound of sausage and an entire stick of butter, and pairing the dish with turkey gravy and cranberry sauce, the type of bread does not matter!

What you’ll need to make Sausage Stuffing

sausage stuffing ingredients

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

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

Butter melting in a skillet.

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

Chopped vegetables cooking in a skillet of melted butter.

Cook until soft, about 8 minutes.

Wooden spoon stirring a skillet of vegetables.

Add the garlic and cook a few minutes more.

Pile of garlic in a skillet of chopped vegetables.

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

Sausage in a skillet.

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

Wooden spoon stirring sausage in a skillet.

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

stuffing components in bowl

Mix well.

stuffing mixture in bowl

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 stuffing in a baking dish.Enjoy!

Spoon in a baking dish of sausage and herb stuffing.

Video Tutorial

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Easy Sausage & Herb Stuffing

A 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
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


  • 8 cups (400g) store-bought unseasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
  • 1½ 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
  • 2¾ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  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 ¼-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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  • I am OBSESSED with this stuffing! I do not like stuffing very much, especially the soggy stuff that comes out of the bird, but this recipe is fantastic. Very easy to make a vegetarian batch at the same time by cooking it all, and adding veggie broth and no sausage to half the batch and it tastes excellent as well. I will be making this recipe for decades to come!

    • — Taylor on March 30, 2024
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  • Late review but I made this for Thanksgiving dinner 2023 and it was such a hit! We are not a big stuffing kind of family but that changed with this recipe! It was so tasty and satisfying. Amazing recipe and so glad we gave it a try!

    • — jessica bryan on February 5, 2024
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  • Well I made this for Thanksgiving and made the mistake of not doubling the recipe. Corrected that for Christmas as it was GONE – first empty dish on the buffet table. Thanks as always for tried and true recipes that are crowd pleasers and ultimately favorites.

    • — Heather on December 27, 2023
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