Homemade 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. Fits Paleo and Whole30 eating plans!

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

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’s in Italian Sausage Seasoning?

There are a few key ingredients that give homemade Italian sausage seasoning its flavor:

  • 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.**

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 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.

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.

How to Store Bulk Sausage Seasoning

I often make up a big batch of this savory sausage. You form it into patties and freeze the patties 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!

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. If we make up a single batch, we use fresh onion and garlic.**

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Italian Sausage Seasoning unmixed in a bowl
Italian Sausage Seasoning unmixed in a bowl

Italian Sausage Seasoning Recipe

4.71 from 309 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


  • 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 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)


  • 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.


*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).


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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8 years ago

Thank you so much for this recipe. I agree with you – much better.

Tanya Jones
7 years ago

Are these all dry ingredients? Like dried parsley, or fresh? Dried minced onions?

7 years ago

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

7 years ago

How spicy is this mix? My husband cannot handle things that are spicy. He can handle serrano peppers or a little sprinkle of cayenne but that’s about the max. How does this compare?

Irene Dobson
7 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

7 years ago

Can I replace the ground turkey for ground pork? I need to make sweet italian sausage from scratch.

7 years ago

This is perfect! I don’t have fennel on hand, so I’ve just been leaving it out and it turns out great! I use this all the time for pasta nights. It’s not too difficult and just adds that extra something to make it seem like I worked harder than I did 😀

6 years ago

i dont see how much meat you use on the ingredient list

6 years ago

made this tonight with ground turkey ….. A+A+A+
delicious and I love how you can adjust amount of seasonings to personal taste
I only had a pound of ground turkey so bagged the rest of the seasoning mix for next time.
Thanks for such a fabulous tip!

6 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!

6 years ago

Have you ever baked them as patties or meatballs? if so, temp and time?

Paula Eldridge
6 years ago

I just used this seasoning mix for an eggplant lasagna. I bought the ricotta and mozzarella, had the eggplant from my garden. But we needed some meat. I had ground pork in the freezer, 1 lb. Made sauce from my garden tomatoes. I wanted sausage for the meat in the lasagna beacause it tastes so much better than regular hamburg. So, I use d this seasoning mix for the pork I had. My family loved it! They said it was the best no noodle lasagna I ever made, because of the sausage! It was excellent! I will keep this recipe.

Rebecca Bass
6 years ago

I don’t care for fennel so I would leave it out. Maybe substitute a little sage (which I love) so more like a breakfast sausage. Especially if using pork instead of beef. Sounds wonderderful and I can’t wait to try.

6 years ago

What is Italian seasoning? Oregano? Thyme? Rosemary? Would like a recipe that can be made without storebought mixes if possible. Any suggestions on what I could substitute?

6 years ago

So what is the sausage savory seasoning you mention at the beginning of your article? I will be trying this seasoning tonight but , like you, am removing sugar from my diet and would like a good normal sausage seasoning.

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