Sausage Bread

Sausage Bread

If you always order Italian sausage on your pizza, then you will love this sausage bread. Delicious sweet or hot Italian sausage is rolled tightly with cheese and seasonings in your favorite prepared bread dough. It comes together in a gorgeous presentation reminiscent of a savory Swiss cake roll.

To serve, simply cut the sausage roll into slices and dip it into warm marinara sauce. The result is a unique appetizer bread (that also makes a great main course or side dish) that friends and family alike will enjoy. In fact, they might even fight over who gets the last slice.


  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, or hot Italian; bulk, or with the casings removed

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 (16-ounce) loaf frozen bread dough, thawed

  • 2 cups Italian blend cheese, preshredded

  • 1 cup marinara sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

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  2. Cook the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon to break into small pieces, until the sausage is browned and thoroughly cooked, about 6 to 8 minutes.

    Sausage cooking in a skillet

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  3. Remove the sausage to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

    Sausage draining on paper towels

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  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Set aside.

    Eggs, parmesan, and seasoning in a bowl

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  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the thawed bread dough into an 9 x 13-inch rectangle.

    Bread dough rolled out into a rectangle on a floured surface

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  6. Brush the prepared egg mixture evenly over the rectangle, reserving about 3 tablespoons.

    Bread dough brushed with egg mixture

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  7. Top with an even layer of the cooked and crumbled sausage.

    Bread dough topped with cooked sausage

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  8. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese.

    Dough topped with sausage and cheese

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  9. Starting from the long end, gently roll as you would a jelly roll.

    Dough rolled into a log with sausage and cheese inside

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  10. Pinch to seal the edges and ends. Place it seam-side down on a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with the reserved egg mixture. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

    Sausage Bread on a baking sheet ready to be baked

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  11. Slice and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

    Sausage Bread on a cutting board with marinara

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  • Don’t have any Italian seasoning on hand? You can easily make your own blend at home. Combine equal parts of dried basil, dried oregano, dried rosemary, dried marjoram, dried thyme, and red pepper flakes. Store in an airtight container and you will have your own special blend on hand whenever a recipe calls for Italian seasoning.
  • If you have trouble finding a loaf of bread dough in your grocer’s freezer, prepared pizza dough also works well. In fact, if you have a favorite neighborhood pizza place, you can even ask the restaurant to sell you a pound of their dough to use in this recipe.
  • Uncooked Italian sausage can be sold in either bulk or links. Buying a pound of bulk Italian sausage is easiest, but if you can only find links, simply snip off the ends of each link and gently squeeze the sausage from the casing. Break apart the pieces as you cook to crumble the sausage in the pan.


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