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

4.70 from 351 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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3 years ago

5 stars
I actually used ground chicken and it turned out great!! Will definitely use this recipe again!! Thanks!

Gretchen Trail
2 years ago

5 stars
I used this mix in tofu to make a veggie sausage. Raving reviews!

Laura K
2 years ago

VERY SALTY! I love salt and eat way to much usually.start slowly. You can always add more. That said, my ground pork sausage came from a local farmer and may have been previously seasoned. I advise a liight hand to start.

2 years ago

5 stars
I made this with ground turkey for a home-made sausage and broccoli pizza. I love the mix! It’s too bad the video ads on this page are covering the comment box so I can’t see what I’m writing.

Sarah R.
2 years ago

5 stars
Just mixed up half a recipe of the seasoning with the 1 lb. ground pork I had in the fridge. Planning on cooking up the sausage tomorrow to go on top of homemade pan pizza for my Mother’s Day dinner date with my husband, it smells absolutely delicious can’t wait to try it!

Rachel Anderson
2 years ago

5 stars
I use this recipe all the time. I just wanted to say thank you!!

2 years ago

5 stars
My grocery store was out of sausage, but I had purchased all the other ingredients for a yummy dinner. Found this recipe and just made it for the first time, and it’s AMAZING! I’ll be making this one again and again! Thank you!

2 years ago

5 stars
This is the best seasoning ever! Tastes just like sausage meat! I used it with ground turkey. Yum!!

2 years ago

5 stars
This sounds great! Sorry if this is a silly question, but if you make this in bulk how many Tbsp would you use per one pound of ground meat?

2 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.

Linda Schmidt
2 years ago

5 stars
Absolutely wonderful. My husband can’t eat any thing but chicken and turkey so I cut up raw chicken breast and sprinkle this seasoning on it and let it set overnight. Then I use my kitchen aide grinder and grind it on the course grind then again on the smaller grind to make fresh ground Italian sausage. I used the sausage in lasagna and manicotti recently and everyone was amazed it was chicken sausage. Thank you for a great seasoning mix!!!

2 years ago

5 stars
Used this in a soup recipe that called for Italian sausage. I prefer not to use pork so used ground chicken (because husband accidentally bought that instead of turkey) with these seasonings. Worked great! Soup had the same flavor as the original recipe I had tried with sausage.

2 years ago

5 stars
I use this with ground turkey to make zuppa tuscana. DELICIOUS!! 🤩

Tracy Laws
2 years ago

5 stars
Hi I just wanted to say that I love this recipe I dont use it to season meat I put it in a shaker and use it on vegetables that I put in my omelet or sprinkle it on eggs you get the sausage flavor with out the calories thanks so much !!!

Jill Powers
2 years ago

This is a really excellent spice mix that creates a delicious, spicy Italian sausage. When the hunters came back with several pounds of venison this year, we already had enough plain burger in the freezer and I wanted to add some Italian sausage to the supply. I measured out all the ingredients for several pounds and used my Kitchenaid mixer (with a dough hook) to really get the seasoning distributed. I used my first package last week to make a lasagna type dish, and it was excellent and flavorful! I will be using this spice mix over and over in… Read more »