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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Joyce S.
1 year ago

Wanted to use up fresh spinach.. Didn’t have Italian sausage but had store brand mild sausage so I found this recipe and mixed it in the sausage to make my own version of Deep dish Cheesy Italian Spinach Sausage pie. It turned out PERFECT. Everyone loved it and asked for it again soon as well as my recipe. I will use this blend in all my Italian recipes from now on! Thanks for this delicious blend of herbs recipe. Only change was I eliminated the salt and red pepper. I would post a photo but don’t see where that is… Read more »

Vanessa Hall
11 months 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!

11 months ago

5 stars
I have used this recipe for a boneless pork shoulder roast in a slow cooker. It makes for a great spicy Italian pulled pork that is obviously reminiscent of Italian sausage with the tenderness of a classic pulled pork. One should use a slightly higher ratio of meat to seasoning as the meat will soak in all the flavors really well. It also helps to pan-sear the outside of the roast (with seasonings) over medium-high heat before slow-cooking as this will seal in the meat’s juices.

11 months 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.

10 months ago

5 stars
This is a VERY good spice mix!! When I first tried it, I thought it was a bit salty, so I eliminated the salt the next time I made it. Needless to say, It Needs the Salt. Thanks for a great recipe 🙌

9 months ago

5 stars
Did not have fennel, but this was still awesome. Especially when I have a non pork eater in the house.

9 months ago

5 stars
Love the flavor the Italian sausage gives to any pasta!😋

9 months ago

5 stars
This was great! I used it to season some grass-fed ground pork from our meat CSA. Super yummy. Thanks for sharing!

9 months ago

4 stars
I like the combinations I added extra oregano, parsley and more red pepper and paprika. We love hot! Browned and drained meat, added spices and a little broth and cooked 15 minutes it was a great addition to my red pasta sauce.

7 months ago

I don’t have 2 pounds. Can I just halve this recipe for a pound of ground turkey?

7 months ago

5 stars
My family loved this recipe this saved my pizza night thank you so much <3

7 months 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?

Lauralee Wilysie
6 months ago

I’ve been looking for a homemade Italian sausage recipe forever. I can’t wait to try this. Up until now I’ve just been converting breakfast sausage into Italian sausage .Had I known I already had all the spices already in my spice rack, I would have already done this. Thank you for sharing .

Danae Z
5 months ago

5 stars
This recipe is so easy and delicious. I like to add the sausage to Rao’s Marinara sauce, and spaghetti. Very yummy and super easy!

5 months ago

5 stars
Thank you so much!! What a GREAT way to get sausage flavor in any Italian dish.