Written by Sarah
Making homemade Italian sausage is so easy, it’s almost a tragedy that for so many years I bought it from the grocery store. Even after we started raising our own meat, we would order Italian sausage to be made from our pigs like it’s some big mystery. But, just like I started wondering what really was in that grocery store meat before raising our own, I started wondering…just what is really in that Italian sausage from the store…or from the butcher. And, even though our butcher assured us that they used seasoning mixes with the least amount of nitrates and nitrites, I never knew for sure.
One of the big advantages to making your own Italian sausage is to have complete control of your ingredients. Most Italian sausage from the grocery stores include nitrates and nitrites as preservatives. We have attempted to eliminate as many preservatives as possible from our family’s diets and making our own sausage has been a very quick and easy option for us. Each time I make it, I’m surprised all over again how quick and easy it really is.
The homemade Italian seasoning mix that I use makes our meat taste even better than store bought Italian sausage. And honestly, it doesn’t take much longer than making taco meat using a seasoning packet. This is especially true if you make the seasoning mix while your meat is defrosting in the microwave. If you have the time, you can refrigerate the mixture overnight for a more intense flavor. However, I can never wait that long. That takes way too much forethought and planning. I am lucky if I have my meat for the day thawed out ahead of time! This seasoning mix is so good, you can use it right after mixing it with the meat.
I generally use ground pork in this recipe. Or ground turkey.
Or half turkey and half pork (which is REALLY good). I’m sure it would also be tasty in ground beef, goat, venison, elk or lamb. Really, whatever kind of ground meat you have on hand. I think it’s a strong enough flavor that it would come through nicely even with stronger flavored meat.
It’s really as simple as this.
Put all of the seasonings (listed in the recipe below) on the thawed ground meat. You can mix the seasonings together in a small bowl first if you want, but I don’t. Just mix well.
Mix it up either with a spoon or your hands until the seasonings are will combined into the meat.
Either refrigerate it for a while, or just put it in a pan to cook it up. We only use cast iron pans. So…because I was using our lean ground turkey, I used a little coconut oil in the pan so it wouldn’t stick to the pan.
If you have a helper, making dinner is even easier.
All done! See…wasn’t that easy?
Our family eats a lot of pasta dishes that use Italian sausage. I normally combine it with my homemade pasta sauce and serve it as a meat sauce or with meatballs. Sometimes I use the sausage for homemade pizza. The bottom line for me is…I can make amazing tasting food in very little time, for less money. I’m all for that!
If you try this homemade Italian sausage recipe, let me know how it goes! I would love to hear from you.