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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.

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 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

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.

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 stuffingEnjoy!

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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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  • Oops, I posted my comment to the wrong recipe!!

    • — Cindy B on December 31, 2022
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  • I realized when we had overnight guests that I was lacking in recipes to prepare a tasty, but easy, breakfast dish. I decided to do a search and test some recipes, so I clipped this one. My family gave it a hearty thumbs up so it was a keeper.
    Recently several of my sisters stayed the weekend with us to attend a baby shower for our daughter. I made this casserole and put it in the refrigerator. The next morning I was too busy and forgot to bake it. Instead, I baked it after 2 nights in the refrigerator and it still came out just as moist and delicious!!! All positive comments on how good it was!! This is definitely one you should keep at the top of your list as a breakfast go-to recipe!!

    • — Cindy B on December 31, 2022
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  • Hi, Jenn. I like to cube & toast my own bread for dressing. Would I use a white loaf for this recipe??

    • — JaniceY on December 27, 2022
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    • Sure, Janice, white is fine. Any bread will really work with the exception of sourdough. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 28, 2022
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      • Hi…thx for replying so quickly, Jenn. I meant to say “whole” loaf, not white” loaf. Not sure how much bread to use for this recipe.

        • — JaniceY on December 29, 2022
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        • You’ll need a total of 8 cups of bread cut into cubes.

          • — Jenn on December 30, 2022
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          • Thank you so much. Happy New Year to you and your family, Jenn.

            • — JaniceY on December 31, 2022
  • I made this for the first time this christmas. I used a sage/onion sausage and a loaf and a half of store bought stuffing bread cut into cubes. Other than that, i followed the recipe. It was a huge hit and will definitely be our new go to stuffing recipe from now on. Thanks!!

    • — Dianne on December 26, 2022
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  • I made this recipe yesterday and it was 100% the BEST stuffing we’ve ever had!!

    I used poultry seasoning and stuffed the bird with it, though.

    It was mouth watering and so delicious it was the only thing I had 2nd helpings of (and I was already stuffed lol)

    • — Kelly Culver on December 26, 2022
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  • Oooops, I froze a tray of this stuffing, but I did not cook it before freezing. Would I still just defrost and cook according to the original cooking instructions?

    Also, can you recommend a gravy recipe to put on it, in that I am cooking a Roast beef tenderloin for Christmas not turkey

    • — janet on December 19, 2022
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    • Janet, It should be fine. Just make sure it’s fully thawed before putting it in the oven. And you can use this gravy recipe; just replace the pan drippings with more chicken broth. 🙂

      • — Jenn on December 20, 2022
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