Sausage Bread

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sausage and rapini

This recipe of sausage bread connects me to my childhood, I remember my mom use to make this for special holidays and special occasions, even picnics.

When I was a kid I thought making this was such a big ordeal, but when I got married and started making it on my own I realized just how simple it was to put together.

sausage bread ingredients

You can create many variations to this sausage bread but one thing for sure is that you want to use a good quality Italian sausage, I tend to go with a spicy version because I feel you need it and the dough calms down the spice anyway.

You definitely need some shredded mozzarella and a nice sharp grated pecorino romano cheese. I also like using something green, I’ve used chopped parsley, wilted and drained spinach and sautéed broccoli rabe using the tips only, but if you prefer not using anything green, that’s good too.

layering on dough

The other important thing is the dough, you need a good quality pizza dough, a one pound ball. I have to admit working with yeast is not my favorite thing to do, I use to be more enthusiastic when I was younger, now I avoid it at all costs, I’d rather go out and buy a good quality pizza dough which fortunately I have many sources that surround me, but if you love making your own dough please do so.

You roll out the dough in a nice big rectangle, then layer with all your delicious ingredients, it’s as easy as that!

rolled up dough

Then roll it up jelly roll style, pinch the bottom together and bake it seam side down.

baked bread

You can form it into a curve or just straight.

sausage breadsliced bread

Each slice is filled with so much flavor from the cheese and sausage filling.

rapini slicebread and sauce

I guarantee you’ll want some warm marinara for dipping!


sausage bread  Every time I make this I say I should have added some additional red pepper flakes or more grated romano, so don’t be afraid to spice it up!

sausage bread

This post has been updated in 2021, the picture above shows it made using  just parsley for the green, I have since enjoyed using sautéed broccoli rabe, tips only.

You won’t believe how something so simple to make can taste like a million bucks, I hope you try this special sausage bread!

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Sausage Bread
  • 1 pound ball of pizza dough, good quality store bought or homemade
  • 1 - ½ lb. of Italian sausage, casings removed if you like spicy use that
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella, do not use fresh mozzarella.
  • ¾ cup or so of grated romano cheese.
  • 1 cup of rapini,( broccoli rabe) tips only, sautéed til tender, or chopped parsley, or chopped spinach, cooked and drained
  • black pepper
  • olive oil
  • extra romano and a little mozzarella to top on rolled dough
  • marinara for dipping
  1. Heat oven first to 400, bake for 15 minutes then reduce oven to 350 and finish baking until deep golden around 30 minutes more.
  2. Place a piece of parchment on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Have your dough at room temperature before rolling out.
  4. Brown sausage in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil, cooking until you see no pink, breaking up the pieces into crumbles, let it cool down and drain on paper towel.
  5. Roll your dough into a large rectangle, as big as you can get it.
  6. Scatter cooked sausage all over dough leaving a 1 inch border all the way around.
  7. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese evenly all over sausage.
  8. Sprinkle grated cheese, evenly all over.
  9. Sprinkle chopped parsley, cooked rapini tips or cooked spinach all over.
  10. Grate black pepper on top of mixture, at this point you could add some additional red pepper flakes or more grated cheese, it's up to you, depending on the heat of your sausage.
  11. Start to roll the dough, jelly roll style, tucking in the ends as you're rolling so no leakage occurs while baking, pinching dough making sure it's sealed at the seams.
  12. Place large log or half moon shape unto a parchment lined baking sheet, seam side down. ( make sure seam is pinched and sealed.)
  13. Brush top and sides with olive oil, grate some black pepper on top, a sprinkle of romano and a little shredded mozzarella here and there.
  14. Bake as stated above but ovens do vary.
  15. Remove from pan and place on a rack to cool so it doesn’t get soggy on the bottom from moisture.
  16. Let it rest before cutting into it so that the cheese sets, use a serrated knife to cut your slices.
  17. Serve as a appetizer, lunch with a salad or an addition to any special meal.
  18. Serve it with some warm marinara for dipping


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  1. How long will this sausage bread stay fresh in the refrigerator, or can it be frozen and thawed to room temperature before slicing? Just trying to get some Easter things done in advance. Thank you.

  2. Made this for Easter and everyone loved it! Recipe is a keeper.

  3. My mother makes this with fried sausage and rapini, or even sauteed kale with garlic – delicious and great for picnics!

  4. Casatiello! Well, just about, with sausage instead of salami, but I’m sure it’s equally delicious!

  5. Wow.. This sausage bread looks so tempting and different with other sausage bread. Delicious! I cant wait to make this myself and this is definitely the perfect breakfast to boost my day. Thanks for sharing

  6. Oh, wow! I have a package of Italian sausages just waiting to become something good. I adore working with yeast. I have to pin, this, since I’m home alone all week long. I would rather make this when I have guests, so I don’t eat more than my fair share. This looks so good, Marie. I’m drooling.

  7. It looks fabulous, Marie! My daughter loves spinach rolls so I think I’ll add some cooked spinach to the mix.

    Have a very Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua!

  8. Our four little munchkins would love that as well as the bigger munchkins — not to mention the parents 🙂 You could almost put anything into it and I love Lillian’s idea!! I bet the rounds are as cute as they can be. The sausage bread certainly looks delicious, Marie. This year we won’t be home for Easter but when we get together in two weeks I’ll have to make one. Buona Pasqua!!

  9. I sprinkle a little breadcrumb on the bottom and then sauce some peppers and onions and add that. The breadcrumbs help to absorb any moisture, So delicious

  10. Lillian Amplo says

    Hi Marie! My family make something very similar but after rolling the sausage inside the dough, we cut the loaf into rounds and bake them on a baking sheet. They bake up into cute little rounds of sausage goodness….try it! Buona Pasqua, Lillian

  11. I have a nephew that always orders the calzone when we go to a favorite Italian restaurant. I am thinking he would love this. On my to-do list when he visits. I may have to make one just to be sure before his next visit.:)

  12. You’ve just given me a great idea for Easter munchies before the main event. It looks delicious, Marie.

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