How to make homemade Italian sausage

By Anne-Marie Nichols

How to make homemade Italian sausage at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet -

It’s my favorite cooking time of year – Thanksgiving! This year I’m going to have to scale back from my usual extravaganza, since I’m just not up to it due to my follow up brain surgery. That’s why I started prepping for Thanksgiving early, like making my own Italian sausage for stuffing a few weeks ago and freezing it for later. I’ve used Italian sausage in Healthier Cherry Cornbread Stuffing and other stuffing recipes in the past, so I figure I'll probably use it again this year.

We had some ground venison leftover after my husband did some hunting. However, you can make this with ground pork, turkey or beef (or a combination) from the store or your local butcher’s shop. If you’re wondering why you should bother, if you have food sensitivities or allergies, you’re in control of what’s going into your sausage. You can also control the spice mix to fit your personal tastes. Plus, I bet it’s a whole lot cheaper and you can use a nicer quality or leaner cut of ground meat, if you wish.

Feel free to cut back or add more of your favorite spices and seasonings. I loved how using the Holland House Red Wine Vinegar added a special flavor to the sausage. If you can’t find sorghum in your area, you can use maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, or even molasses. Also, since you’ll be using this in stuffing, there’s no point in bothering with stuffing sausage casings. After Thanksgiving, any leftover sausage can be used in spaghetti sauce, lasagna, as a pizza topping, or in Stuffed Zucchini.

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How to make homemade Italian sausage at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet -

Homemade Italian Sausage

Adapted from this recipe at Kitchen Simplicity


  • 3 pounds ground meat – pork, turkey, beef, venison or a combination (I used venison mixed with beef)
  • 3 tablespoons Holland House Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon sorghum syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme (whole, not ground)
  • 1/8 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1/8 teaspoon marjoram


  1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Take an old fashioned potato masher and mix ingredients until well combined. Better yet, use your hands!
  3. Weigh out sausage into one pound portions. Wrap in freezer paper, label, and freeze until needed.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 3 pounds of sausage
  • Serving size: 1 pound of sausage

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