How to Make Delicious Italian Sausage Bread Easily

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Food Recipes: Italian Sausage Bread Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Additional Time: 1 hour (for rising)

Total Time: 2 hours

Servings: 8-10 slices


  • 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp water

Steps to Cook:

  1. In a large skillet, cook the Italian sausage over medium heat, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks, until browned and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Drain any excess fat from the pan.

  2. Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the skillet with the cooked sausage. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are translucent.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes, or until the yeast is activated and foamy.

  4. Add the salt and 2 cups of the all-purpose flour to the yeast mixture. Using a wooden spoon or your hands, mix the ingredients until a shaggy dough forms.

  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, adding the remaining 1 cup of flour as needed, until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.

  6. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a clean towel, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

  7. Punch down the dough to release any air bubbles, then roll it out into a rectangle, approximately 12x8 inches.

  8. Spread the cooked sausage and onion mixture evenly over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border.

  9. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the sausage mixture.

  10. Starting from the long side, tightly roll the dough up into a log, pinching the seam to seal.

  11. Place the rolled dough seam-side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  12. In a small bowl, whisk together the beaten egg and 1 tbsp of water to create an egg wash.

  13. Brush the top and sides of the dough with the egg wash.

  14. Bake at 375°F for 40-45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 200°F.

  15. Allow the Italian sausage bread to cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Cook’s Note:

  • For a spicier twist, use hot Italian sausage or add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sausage mixture.
  • Experiment with different cheese varieties, such as provolone or Parmesan, to customize the flavor.
  • Serve the Italian sausage bread warm, either as a main dish or as an appetizer.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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About Christina Flores

Hi, I am Christina Flores, author of I'm passionate about creating delicious and nutritious recipes to help people lead healthier lives. Join me on this culinary journey as we explore the world of healthy eating together!