How to Easily Prepare Delicious Sausage Bread

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Christina Flores

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Sausage Bread

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes

Additional Time

1 hour (rising time)

Total Time

1 hour 45 minutes


8-10 slices


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110°F-115°F)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for oiling the bowl
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water for egg wash

Steps to Cook

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the warm water and yeast. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Create a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil. Using a wooden spoon, mix until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  4. While the dough is rising, prepare the sausage filling. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Drain any excess fat.
  5. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes until the onion is translucent. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  6. Punch down the risen dough to release any air bubbles. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a large rectangle, approximately 12x16 inches.
  7. Spread the sausage mixture evenly over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses over the top.
  8. Starting from the long side, tightly roll the dough up into a log. Pinch the seam and ends to seal.
  9. Transfer the rolled dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.
  10. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  11. Brush the top of the dough with the egg wash.
  12. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Cook’s Note

  • For a spicier version, use hot Italian sausage instead of mild.
  • Experiment with different cheese combinations, such as provolone or cheddar, to suit your taste preferences.
  • Serve the sausage bread warm, either on its own or with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or frozen for longer storage.

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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!