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This quick Sausage Stuffing recipe takes just 15 minutes and is the perfect addition to any meal, but especially Thanksgiving. It’s semi-homemade but you’d never know it – it tastes like it’s made from scratch!

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While I absolutely adore my cornbread stuffing recipe, this easy italan sausage stuffing recipe is a close second. It’s quick and simple and the ingredients are easy to find – plus my entire family loved it.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Takes just 15 minutes!
  • Simple to make with semi-homemade ingredients
  • It was a crowd pleaser!
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What you need to make Sausage Stuffing

It’s easy to doctor up boxed stuffing mix with just a few ingredients:

  • Sausage: I used Italian sausage but you could also use any bulk pork sausage you like.
  • Fresh Vegetables: adding some diced onion, celery and garlic brightens up the boxed stuffing mix and makes it look and taste more homemade.
  • Herbs: I added Italian seasoning to the stuffing to add to the flavor.
  • Ingredients on the box: chicken stock and butter are added to make the stuffing, like the box calls for.
4 photos showing how to make stuffing in a large skillet

How to make 15 minute Sausage Stuffing

  • Brown the sausage with the onion, celery, and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook sausage until it’s no longer pink, then drain any excess fat.
  • Once the sausage is done, add the herbs and butter.
  • Add the stock and stir to combine.
  • Stir in the stuffing mix (bread cubes with seasonings). Stir to combine then let sit as directed on the box and fluff to serve.
  • Serve in a large serving bowl with roast turkey and lots of gravy.
stuffing on white plate with green beans, mashed potatoes and turkey

Serving Suggestions

We love stuffing all year long, but it wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving dinner without it! This year we are going to have a smaller dinner, but at least having familiar recipes will make it seem more normal.

This was perfect for our small family to enjoy with leftovers the next day. We made sausage stuffing and served it with gravy, turkey breast, mashed potatoes, and green beans sprinkled with crispy onions. It was such a great meal!

We loved eating the stuffing traditionally but I also suggest mixing it with mashed potatoes and drowning it in gravy – SO GOOD.

table with place settings and sausage stuffing, sliced turkey breast, bowl of gravy, cranberry sauce, orange bowl of mashed potatoes and bowl of green beans with glasses of coke


How long does sausage stuffing take to cook?

This recipe is done in under 15 minutes!

Can I use other sausage?

You can use any kind of sausage you want – Sweet or Hot Italian Sausage or even Jimmy Dean Sausage – anything you like. Turkey sausage would be great too!

Can I stuff the turkey with this dressing?

I do not recommend stuffing this in the turkey – it’s done quickly on the stovetop.

Do you put egg in stuffing?

This recipe doesn’t require any egg – it’s an egg free stuffing. recipe.

How do you store leftover stuffing? Can you freeze sausage stuffing?

Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freeze any leftovers in air tight containers for up to 2 months.

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Easy Sausage Stuffing

5 from 88 votes
This simple stuffing recipe is semi-homemade but it tastes like it's made from scratch with the addition of sausage and herbs – it's one of our favorite easy side dishes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 5 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • ½ medium onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 6 ounce box Great Value stuffing mix
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  • Cook Italian sausage, celery, and onion in a large skillet until meat is no longer pink. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. If needed, drain fat from pan.
  • Stir in Italian seasoning, chicken stock and butter.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, then stir in stuffing mix. Remove from heat and cover, let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve hot.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 729mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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Easy Sausage Stuffing is the perfect recipe for Thanksgiving or anytime you want stuffing in 15 minutes! This stuffing adds sausage and fresh flavors to boxed stuffing mix – no one will guess it’s semi-homemade.

Dorothy Kern

Welcome to Crazy for Crust, where I share recipes that are sometimes crazy, often with a crust, and always served with a slice of life.

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