Stuffed Italian Sausage

two stuffed sausages on plate

Italian sausages are stuffed with a blend of three Italian cheeses and baked in the oven with tomato sauce. This simple yet indulgent sausage dinner is made with only 6 ingredients!


Units Scale
  • 5 Italian sausage links (19 ounces/538 g total), see notes 1 - 2
  • 1 1/2 cups (153 g) shredded low-moisture part skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup (117 g) ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup (19 g) finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 1/2 cups (355 ml) tomato sauce


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F/220 degrees C.
  2. In a medium bowl, add 1 cup of the mozzarella, reserving 1/2 cup for later. Add in the ricotta, Parmesan, and Italian seasoning. Stir together until evenly combined.
  3. Using a small paring knife, cut a slit down the vertical length of each sausage about half-way deep, leaving about 1/2 inch uncut at both ends of the sausage. Use your fingers to press open this gap to create a "boat" shape from each sausage.
  4. Stuff the sausages with the cheese mixture, pressing it into the cavity created in the sausage.
  5. Arrange the stuffed sausages into the center of a 9 x 13 inch metal baking pan. Spoon the tomato sauce all around the sausages.
  6. Top the sausages with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle some additional Italian seasoning overtop.
  7. Bake the sausages, uncovered, in the pre-heated oven, until the internal temperature of the sausages reaches at least 160 degrees F/71.1 degrees C, about 21 - 23 minutes.
  8. Remove the sausages from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Be sure to use fresh, not pre-cooked sausage for this recipe. 

This recipe works best with larger sausages that are around 3.8 ounces (108 g) each, because there is more room to add the cheese filling. However, if you can only find smaller sausages, that's ok too, just use enough to equal about 19 - 20 ounces (538 g) total. 

The nutrition information below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator, and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical, health, or nutritional advice. See our full nutrition disclosure policy.


Keywords: stuffed sausage, stuffed Italian sausage, sausage with cheese inside