Italian Sausage Seasoning

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Make your own Italian sausage at home with this homemade Italian sausage seasoning recipe. Add these savory spices to turkey, pork or beef and have delicious Italian sausage ready for pizzas, meatballs, spaghetti or your favorite Italian dish.

Do you like making homemade spice mixes? It can be cost effective to whip up your own seasoning blends at home with spices that you may already have in your cupboard. Italian seasoning, fajita seasoning, taco seasoning and pasta salad seasoning are 4 of our favorites.

A plate sausage Seasoning

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Reader Irene says, “Thank you for this recipe. I love it. I can’t have processed foods any more as I’m a dialysis patient, so this hit the spot for me. I make sausage rolls and it works great. I use ground pork. So yummy. Thank you.”

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Reader Sandy says, “I recently used this recipe to make homemade Italian sausage. I’m very picky and my favorite store bought brand is Dinos. It’s no longer sold in my area. I can say without a doubt this recipe rivals Dinos. I let it sit in the fridge 24 hours to let the ingredients meld into the pork sausage. You must try this recipe with confidence that the flavors are just right.”

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Reader Dina says, “I made this recipe and it was amazing and flavorful! I used ground turkey and I put it in a sausage mold and it was the perfect healthy sausage! I served it with peppers and had a healthy nutritious dinner without all of the sodium.”

Why make seasoning blends at home?

When we started watching our sugar intake, we realized that so many of our favorite foods had sugar in them. Sausage was one of those things.

Now let me tell you. I love my sugar. But if I’m going to make the decision to have sugar, I’ll take a donut, please. I don’t want sugar in my sausage.

This homemade Italian sausage seasoning solves that problem and lets you know exactly what you’re putting in to your food to season it.

What is the distinctive flavor in Italian Sausage?

Italian sausage has many herbs and spices, but fennel seed is what gives it its distinct flavor. Don’t skip it. I buy whole fennel seed and crush it slightly when making this seasoning mix.

  • parsley
  • Italian seasoning
  • black pepper
  • fennel seed
  • paprika
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • onion
  • garlic

Pro Tip

It may seem like we’re cheating by adding in pre-mixed Italian seasoning. We find that most people have this in their spice cupboard already. If you don’t, you can use our recipe to mix up some of your own.

Sweet Italian Sausage

If you really want a sweet Italian sausage, add a touch of brown sugar to this spice mix.

A close up of sausage seasoning unmixed

How much Italian sausage seasoning to add to meat?

This homemade Italian sausage seasoning makes enough to season two pounds of ground meat. You can use more or less, depending on how flavorful you like your food. We recommend starting by using this whole recipe in two pounds of meat and adjusting from there.

What meat do you use for sausage?

Use ground pork, ground beef, ground chicken or ground turkey, which is our preference. If you’re a hunter, even venison is a great option.

sausage seasoning on a spoon

Italian Sausage Recipes

I use this Italian sausage in soup, meatballs, spaghetti sauce and lasagna. Anytime you have an Italian dish, you can substitute Italian sausage for the ground beef to give it an extra zip of flavor.

It’s also great as a rub for pork shoulder.

How to Store Bulk Sausage Seasoning

I often make up a big batch of this savory sausage. You form it into sausage patties or roll it into sausage links and freeze to cook later (I actually like having an Italian sausage patty for breakfast alongside some veggies), or you can cook them right away.

You can also brown the meat and freeze it. This makes it super easy to pull out and use in sauces and all of your savory Italian dishes!

Otherwise you can store the seasoning mix in an airtight container and keep it at room temperature.

Make your own Italian sausage at home with this homemade italian sausage seasoning recipe. Add these savory spices to turkey, pork or beef and have delicious Italian sausage ready for pizzas, meatballs, spaghetti or your favorite Italian dish.

pro tip

If we make up a big batch of this, we used dried onions and garlic (or onion powder and garlic powder). If we make up a single batch, we use fresh onion and garlic. Use it in our sausage breakfast pie!

mixed sausage seasoning on a spoon
seasonings in a bowl for italian sausage seasoning
seasonings in a bowl for italian sausage seasoning

Italian Sausage Seasoning Recipe

4.75 from 486 votes
Make your own Italian sausage at home with this homemade italian sausage seasoning recipe. Add these savory spices to turkey, pork or beef.
Servings 8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

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Ingredients
 

  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed (we use whole, but you can crush the ½ teaspoon of whole seeds or use ground fennel if you'd like)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (we use fresh if not making a big batch)
  • 1 teaspoon minced onions (we use fresh if not making a big batch)
  • 2 pounds ground beef (or turkey, chicken or pork)

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine all of the seasonings. Add the seasonings to 2 pounds of ground beef. Brown or cook as desired in a large skillet.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  • The seasoning mix itself can be stored at room temperature, in an airtight container in the pantry.

Notes

*If you’d like, you can use all dried seasonings and make up a big batch of seasoning to store in your pantry. Be sure not to use fresh onion and garlic if you do this. Use all dried seasonings (same amounts).

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 662mg | Potassium: 322mg | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2.5mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Calories 292
Keyword easy spice mix, homemade seasoning mix, how to make italian sausage seasoning

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Lee
5 years ago

5 stars
I used your recipe to season some Gardein ‘Beefless Ground’. I served it with eggs and biscuits Christmas morning. Oh man… the meat eaters in the house were convinced I had served them real sausage to eat. I plan to use it soon for a potluck with “sausage” gravy and biscuits. Perfect recipe I will use again, and again! Thanks so much 🙂

Patricia Ansley
5 years ago

I absolutely love this sausage recipe. I made it with 1 1/2 pounds of ground pork plus 1/2 pound ground beef. It was hard to do but I let it rest including the fridge overnight. Then I made spaghetti sauce. Oh, heavens!!! For my spaghetti I browned the sausage, added: 2 28 oz. cans of Cento San Marzano tomatoes 3 T Cento Tomato Paste 2 T your amazing Homemade Italian Seasoning 2 T olive oil. Simply delicious!! Normally, I’m chopping, slicing, dicing and seasoning my sauces. Instead, I made my sauce with your blend exclusively and it was just perfect.… Read more »

Irene Dobson
8 years ago

Thank you for this recipe. I love it. I can’t have processed foods any more as I’m a dialysis patient, so this hit the spot for me. I make sausage rolls and it works great. I use ground pork. So yummy. Thank you

Robin Hoode
5 years ago

There are many interesting and useful comments posted about this article. Thanks, everybody! But I am wondering why nobody has questioned the specification of the paprika! Aren’t there many types of paprika, and will not the use of one kind significantly change the taste of the entire batch of sausage that you make?
I hope that you will clarify for me just what type of paprika that you used to make this recipe. FYI- I have tried it using Smoked Paprika (by McCormick) but I love to try and duplicate the suggested recipe before I comment about it.
Thank you!

Emily
8 years ago

Hi! If I don’t have dried minced garlic or onions, could I use fresh? If so, how much would you use?

Becky
1 year ago

I’m assuming that the minced onions and garlic are the dried ones. Two questions…

If I use onion powder and garlic powder, how much of each would I use?

If I use fresh onions and garlic, how much would I use?

Thanks!

SandyB
2 years ago

5 stars
I recently used this recipe to make homemade Italian sausage. I’m very picky and my favorite store bought brand is Dinos. It’s no longer sold in my area. I can say without a doubt this recipe rivals Dinos. I let it sit in the fridge 24 hours to let the ingredients meld into the pork sausage. You must try this recipe with confidence that the flavors are just right.

Vanessa Hall
2 years ago

5 stars
This is my go to recipe for chicken sausage. It is perfection!!! I 1st stumbled on it while making Zuppa Toscana. I don’t eat pork and my husband doesn’t like turkey. I don’t care for store bought chicken sausage because it has a weird taste for me. I make chicken meatballs using ground white meat chicken breast for pasta dishes and subs, also great with eggs. I make a large batch and keep it on hand. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

Dina
2 years ago

5 stars
I made this recipe and it was amazing and flavorful! I used ground turkey and I put it in a sausage mold and it was the perfect healthy sausage! I served it with peppers and gad a healthy nutritious dinner without all of the sodium.

Mitchell
3 years ago

5 stars
Used this seasoning for some premium minced beef from the market to make a special Croatian soup with the meat stuffed into light green peppers and it was amazing.

Krysta
4 years ago

I’m looking forward to using this to make a keto version of Tuscana soup from Olive Garden! I replace the potatoes with kohlrabi or zucchini but the Italian sausage is a pretty integral part of the flavour! Thanks for this! 🙂

LCurrie
7 years ago

I made minestrone soup and used turkey – so I made the Italian Sausage Seasoning. I let it sit for 24 hours so the flavors could marry. It was absolutely DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing!

Debbie
1 year ago

I do not have pre mixed Italian seasoning. You said you have a recipe for a homemade mix, but I do not see it. Where is it?

Kristy Pickering
2 years ago

5 stars
This recipe is bomb!!! I use it with whatever meat I’m cooking with for the Italian sausage flavor. It’s fantastic!! Thanks so much for sharing it! Note: If you don’t have minced garlic or onions, just use powdered or granulated with same measurements. Works every time!

Dawn
2 years ago

5 stars
This is my go to italian sausage recipe. This recipe helped me get started in making my own. Thank you for sharing!