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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Amy J
2 years ago

Made this today and added to beef to add to lasagna. It was great! I’m on a low sodium diet so I need to watch my salt. This recipe gave me the ability to do that. My husband said not to change anything. Thank you!

Wayne blanchard
2 years ago

Why no anise

Jeannie Voelker
2 years ago

If I mix a large batch of seasoning how will I know how much to use?

1 year ago

5 stars
Used this recipe with home ground pork and it is really the best yet. Did add one tsp of home grown oregano. Excellent ….thank you so much for sharing it!!!

S walker
1 year ago

What can be substituted for the cashew milk?

1 year ago

I tried this recipe, and felt that the recipe was good, but some of the proportions were slightly off. In order to be more like Italian sausages I am used to, I ground my own pork and put them into casings. I doubled the salt and marinaded the meat in the spices the day before I ground the sausage. I reserved the toasted fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, and parsley until after the sausage was ground, and added them right before stuffing, that way they added some texture to the final sausage. I also added some ground pork fat to… Read more »

1 year 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.

1 year ago

4 stars
Love the recipe but it was very dry. Going to add pork belly to it so it’s not so lean

Barbara Olson
1 year ago

5 stars
I had this at my daughter’s house, and promptly have added it to my recipe collection. My younger daughter can’t have store bought Italian sausage because she’s extremely allergic to msg and hydrolyzed yeast extract, which they no longer have to list in the ingredients except generically as natural flavors. So this is perfect!!

1 year ago

5 stars
I found this Recipe on Pinterest. It was so easy to put together. And it tastes wonderful. I was worried that the seasoning might overpower the meat. But that did not happen at all. Just gave my beef great flavor. It worked really well on the pizza I was making.

Cheryl Christensen
1 year ago

5 stars
We like to make our EveryPlate recipes again but have trouble finding Chicken sausage at the store. Found this recipe and made it. Yum, worked so well in the recipes that use the sausage! Used less salt.

1 year 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!

Blanche C Konieczka
1 year ago

When you say to use Italian seasoning are you talking about Southern or Northern? Because most commercial Italian seasoning today actually combines both southern and northern spices. Southern is oregano, basil and thyme while northern is rosemary, sage and thyme. This gives you a hodgepodge of flavors that is NOT Italian. Despite my Polish last name (ex husband’s fault) I’m second generation Italian and my grandparents were from both areas. So I learned my Italian spices early and the first time I made the mistake of using modern Italian seasoning in sauce, I almost threw up. So DON’T use commercial… Read more »

Kristy Pickering
1 year 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!

1 year ago

5 stars
I made this recipe to add to turkey sausage and was delicious. I made it once with fennel seed and once with cumin (substitute). It tastes delicious either way.