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Cheesy Italian Sausage Stuffing Recipe

This Cheesy Italian Sausage Stuffing recipe is an incredible Thanksgiving stuffing prepared with Italian sausage, kale, and provolone cheese! A wonderful combination of savory, hearty, and cheesy, all in one bite.

AN EASY & DELICIOUS STUFFING RECIPE

This Italian sausage stuffing recipe is one of my mom’s recipes and it all started with me and my demands for non-boxed stuffing. At the fine young age of 12, I knew there had to be more to turkey stuffing than soaked, seasoned, and baked bread cubes.

For that reason, that same year I begged my mom to stir in some ground beef, and she did. And we loved it. The next year, I asked her to add cheese. We loved it even more!

The following year, she just gave me the bread cubes and told me to take care of the Stuffing. 😁

Cheesy Italian Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Thanksgiving traditions. They’re awesome, and I am a traditionalist at heart, but man, I get sick of the same old food, year after year. Thus, adding a twist to our Stuffing will make things a little different, but still in line with tradition. Right?! Definitely.

This Cheesy Sausage Stuffing recipe has delicious Italian sausage, flavorful and textured kale, onions, garlic, and celery that are pan-seared on stovetop, then combined with bread and cheese, and finished off in the oven.

HOW TO MAKE ITALIAN SAUSAGE STUFFING

We start with our bread. Because I make my own bread cubes, I almost always choose plain, sliced white bread since it easily soaks up all the great flavors that you add to it. If you decide to make your own bread cubes, I suggest baking/drying them at 350F for 15 minutes, but start checking at 12 minutes.

Bread Cubes for Stuffing

In the meantime, we have to prepare the sausage. Mild (or HOT) Italian sausage pairs perfectly with thyme, rosemary, and sage, plus a bunch of kale and veggies.

Italian Sausage Stuffing

All of that gets cooked for about 10 minutes before we combine it with the prepared bread cubes.

Next, we will transfer the sausage mixture to a baking dish, stud it with cubed provolone cheese, cover and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and continue to bake for 20 more minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and serve.

Cheesy Italian Sausage Stuffing Recipe

HOW TO MAKE STUFFING AHEAD OF TIME

  • Prepare this dish one day ahead, but don’t bake it. Cover the baking dish and set it in the fridge over night.
  • When ready to bake it, take it out of the fridge and let stand 20 minutes on the counter. Bake and serve warm.

STUFFING VARIATIONS

  • If you do not want to use kale, definitely try it with spinach or any other hearty greens, like chard or collard greens.
  • Muenster is a great substitute for Provolone cheese. Swiss cheese is good, too, and you can always use mozzarella.

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ENJOY!

Cheesy Italian Sausage Stuffing Recipe - An incredible Thanksgiving stuffing prepared with Italian sausage, kale, and provolone cheese! A wonderful combination of savory, hearty, and cheesy, all in one bite. 

Cheesy Italian Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Katerina | Diethood
An incredible Thanksgiving stuffing prepared with Italian sausage, kale, and provolone cheese! A wonderful combination of savory, hearty, and cheesy, all in one bite.
5 from 11 votes
Servings : 8 Serves
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound stale white bread, cubed (see notes on how to make your own)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided, plus more for baking dish
  • 2 small yellow onions, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound mild or hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 tablespoon sweet or smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed, chopped (1 bunch just refers to how much you can grab in one hand)
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth or beef broth
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup cubed provolone cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Butter a 3-quart baking dish and set aside.
  • In a dutch oven, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and celery and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic and stir in the sausage and paprika; cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon for about 6 minutes, or until cooked through and browned.
  • Stir in tomato paste and season with thyme, rosemary, sage, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the kale and cook for 3 minutes, or until softened.
  • Add the broth and bring to a simmer; remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk the eggs and parsley; add prepared bread cubes and the sausage mixture; stir to combine.
  • Stir in the cheese.
  • Transfer to prepared baking dish.
  • Cut the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter into several pieces and dot over the stuffing.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil and continue to bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and serve.

Notes

BREAD CUBES
I almost always choose plain, sliced white bread since it easily soaks up all the great flavors that you add to it. If you decide to make your own bread cubes, I suggest baking/drying them at 350F for 15 minutes, but start checking at 12 minutes.
HOW TO MAKE AHEAD
  • Prepare this dish one day ahead, but don’t bake it. Cover the baking dish and set it in the fridge over night.
  • When ready to bake it, take it out of the fridge and let stand 20 minutes on the counter. Bake and serve warm.
VARIATIONS
  • If you do not want to use kale, definitely try it with spinach or any other hearty greens, like chard or collard greens.
  • Muenster is a great substitute for Provolone cheese. Swiss cheese is good, too, and you can always use mozzarella.
WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 16
To reduce your points down to 11, use whole wheat bread and turkey sausage. If you leave out the cheese, points go down to 9. 

Nutrition

Calories: 491 kcal | Carbohydrates: 35 g | Protein: 23 g | Fat: 28 g | Saturated Fat: 13 g | Cholesterol: 115 mg | Sodium: 628 mg | Potassium: 579 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 2615 IU | Vitamin C: 26.2 mg | Calcium: 339 mg | Iron: 3.8 mg | Net Carbs: 33 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: holiday side dish recipe, stuffing recipe, thanksgiving recipes, thanksgiving side dish, turkey stuffing
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13 comments on “Cheesy Italian Sausage Stuffing Recipe”

  1. Italian flavors are favorite in our house! Perfect for family gatherings especially these holidays!

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