How to Easily Make Delicious Sausage in Bread

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Christina Flores

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Sausage in Bread Recipe

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes

Additional Time

1 hour (rising time)

Total Time

1 hour 45 minutes


8 servings


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 standard packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110°F to 115°F)
  • 2 1/2 cups (312g) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 8 ounces (227g) Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup (100g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water for egg wash

Steps to Cook

1. Activate the Yeast

  • In a medium bowl, combine the warm water and yeast. Stir gently and let stand for 5-10 minutes until the yeast is foamy.

2. Make the Dough

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Create a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil.
  • Using a wooden spoon or your hands, mix the ingredients until a shaggy dough forms.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

3. Prepare the Filling

  • While the dough is rising, cook the sausage in a skillet over medium heat, breaking it up as it cooks, until browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Drain any excess fat.
  • Transfer the cooked sausage to a bowl and let cool slightly. Stir in the shredded mozzarella cheese.

4. Assemble the Sausage Bread

  • Punch down the risen dough to release any air bubbles.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 12x16 inches.
  • Spread the sausage and cheese mixture evenly over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides.
  • Starting from the longer side, tightly roll the dough up into a log, pinching the seam and ends to seal.
  • Carefully transfer the rolled dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet, seam-side down.

5. Bake the Sausage Bread

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Brush the top of the dough with the egg wash.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Cook’s Note

  • For a spicier version, use hot Italian sausage or add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sausage mixture.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese, such as provolone or Parmesan, to customize the flavor.
  • Serve the sausage bread warm, either on its own or with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.
  • Leftover sausage bread 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!