Take your holiday meals to the next level with this delicious sausage and herb stuffing recipe. This easy recipe starts with store bought stuffing cubes and adds in ground Italian sausage, veggies, and herbs for maximum flavor! Serve it alongside perfectly roast turkey and my favorite turkey gravy.
This stuffing recipe is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. I love the crispy top and soft, buttery center. I love the Italian sausage that flavors every bite. AND I love that I can prep it ahead of time and store it in the fridge until its ready to bake to save time on Thanksgiving day.
- Store-bought stuffing - I prefer Pepperidge Farm brand
- Vegetables - diced bell peppers, onion, and celery
- Italian sausage - ground sausage makes this stuffing hearty and full of flavor
- Herbs - there is no shortage here: rosemary, parsley, garlic, sage, and salt and pepper combine to give the perfect seasoning
- Eggs, butter, and chicken broth work together to finish off the dish
Step by step
- Preheat the oven and spray a baking dish with nonstick spray.
- Place the stuffing in a large bowl and set to the side.
- Melt butter in a large saucepan or skillet. Add the diced veggies and sauté until tender.
- Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.
- Remove the pan from heat and pour the contents in the bowl with the stuffing.
- Return the pan to the stove. Add sausage and brown over medium heat. Break the meat apart as it cooks.
- Once the meat is fully cooked, add it to the bowl with the stuffing.
- In a separate bowl, combine chicken broth, egg, herbs and spices. Stir to combine.
- Pour the broth mixture over the bowl of stuffing. Use a large spoon to thoroughly stir the mixture, making sure all the bread cubes get moistened.
- Pour the stuffing mixture into the baking dish and bake for 70 minutes or until it is golden brown and crispy on top.
Tips for best results
- use extra broth if necessary to make sure you moisten all of the stuffing cubes
- if the stuffing is browning too quickly on top, cover with aluminum foil for the remaining cooking time
Make ahead instructions
You can prep the casserole ahead of time and keep it in the fridge, covered in plastic wrap, until ready to bake. If the stuffing is cold you may need to extend the baking time by 5-10 minutes.
You can bake the stuffing ahead of time and freeze it as well. Let fully baked stuffing cool completely then tightly wrap it in foil and freeze up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
To reheat frozen stuffing pour a little broth over the top to keep it from drying out and reheat in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until heated through.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.
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Take your holiday meals to the next level with this delicious sausage and herb stuffing recipe. This easy recipe starts with store bought stuffing cubes and adds in ground Italian sausage, veggies, and herbs for maximum flavor!
- (2) 12 ounce bags of store-bought stuffing cubes (I prefer Pepperidge Farms brand)
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 3 large celery stalks, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, pitted and finely diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound ground Italian sausage
- 3 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 pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9 by 13 inch casserole dish with nonstick spray.
- Place stuffing in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring often.
- Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Remove the pan from heat and add all vegetables to the bowl of stuffing.
- Return pan to the stove and add sausage. Brown the sausage over medium heat, breaking it apart as it cooks.
- Add cooked sausage and any drippings in the pan to the bowl of stuffing.
- In a separate bowl combine broth, egg, herbs, and spices. Mix to blend.
- Pour broth mixture over the stuffing and stir to mix, making sure all bread cubes are moistened. You may add extra broth if necessary.
- Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake for 70 minutes or until top is golden brown and crispy.
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