How to Bake Italian Sausage?

Italian Sauage and Peppers
Italian Sauage and Peppers

Most Italian sausage is available in both “sweet” and “hot” varieties. Both types can be baked successfully. The following recipes are for fresh sausage, and they should be cooked to an internal temperature greater than 165 degrees. No pink should be showing, though it may be difficult to tell when cooking hot sausage because the spices used tend to color the meat. Always use a meat thermometer.

Baked Italian Sausage Links

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  • Drizzle a baking sheet with olive oil
  • Place your defrosted sausage links on the pan and coat them in the oil
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, turning once to brown evenly
  • Remove the sausages form the oven and place on a platter to rest for about five minutes before serving piping hot and juicy
  • Be sure to have plenty of crusty Italian bread and a nice salad, along with a glass of red wine, to enjoy with your sausages.

New York Sausage and Peppers

A very traditional Italian American dish is baked Italian sausage and peppers. The sausage is cooked along with vegetables and served as a sandwich on a sub roll or with crusty bread.

You will need:

  1. A large onion, diced
  2. Four potatoes, diced
  3. 1 lb of Italian sausage links
  4. Two large bell peppers, cleaned cut into 1 inch pieces


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  • Place the vegetables in a baking dish and coat with olive oil, stirring everything well.
  • Place the sausage with the vegetables in the pan and bake for about 40 minutes until the sausage is cooked and the vegetables are nice and soft.
  • Remove the sausage and slice them thinly. Place the sausage back in the pan and give everything a good stir. Place a good sized serving onto a sub roll and enjoy!
  • An alternative method would be to cook the sausage and vegetables separately and combine them before serving. This method allows you to drain the fat from the sausage.

Italian sausage and pasta

Baked Italian sausage can be used to make a delicious penne pasta.

  • Prepare on recipe for oven baked Italian sausage, slicing the sausage after it has cooled.
  • Cook 1 lb of penne style pasta
  • Heat a jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • One green bell pepper, diced and sauteed in olive oil
  • Add the baked sausage and the bell pepper to the sauce and simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve the sauce over the pasta and enjoy!

Italian sausage and beer

One of the best ways to prepare Italian sausage for a party is to bake the links and keep them warm in beer. Serve them with caramelized onions tomato sauce on a bun.

  • Prepare on recipe for oven baked Italian sausage
  • Slice three sweet onions and cook until soft and brown in a skillet with a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil
  • Heat a small can of tomato sauce in a sauce pan
  • Place the sausage in a slow cooker or in a pan on a low simmer. Add a bottle of beer to the sausage and cook to keep warm. The beer adds wonderful flavor. Serve on buns with the onions and a little sauce.


Author: Kelly

Kelly Hurston has been a professional writer for 10 years. She joined TheHousingForum Team in May, 2010. Kelly enjoys cooking, doing DIY projects, and is an avid reader.

10 thoughts on “How to Bake Italian Sausage?”

  1. racing in the streets is my favourite springsteen song this receipe reminds me of this and seaside heights new jersey boardwalk

  2. These recipes all sound pretty delicious!  My first husband and I used to make barbecued baked beans using the Italian sausage.  If I remember right, he would make up a pot of pinto beans, using ham hocks and onions for flavoring, then he would drain the excess water/juice off of the beans and add in some sliced up Italian sausages and mesquite-flavored barbecue sauce and bake them for about a half hour to forty-five minutes.

  3. I have had hundredes of beer and brat get togethers. I just boil the brats in a pot of beer so they are cooked good. Then I throw them on the grill. It don’t matter that the grill is probably too hot because the brats cooked in the beer, than I just turn um over when they arn’t burnt. then i put um on a plate. .I’m from Wisconsin.

    1. This sounds like an easy way to cook the brats. How long do you boil the brats before you toss them on the grill? Do you use any other seasonings besides the beer?

  4. Yea Benson, those are good directions for an expert. Let me, if you will, describe some pitfalls you overlooked. These are (for the layman) mistakes I have made so you don’t have to. First, check the beer-boiling pot for rust and bolts and washers stuck to the bottom with leaves. They will be there on the bottom. What you want to do is bang the pot on your driveway or down the street on the neighbor’s driveway. Or, if you found the pot at ya neighbor’s, bang the pot somewheres near by. [same rules apply for the grill too].

  5. Yo Jenson,

    You also left out some easy pitfalls. Often times if one was to look to the far back corner, behind all the wooden sleds, one will find a fridge (refrigerator) full of cold ones (beers) to be used in the pot. Also, in a pinch sausages are often hidden in said fridge (refridgerater)

  6. no one knows the exact cooking time. I throw the beer and brats into a pot right out of the fridge and crank the stove to high. Then when it boils all over in foam… Oh and on the seasoning–the brats should have seasoning already in ym.

    1. Thanks, Benson! I guess the cooking time would vary depending on many factors, such as how many brats you’re cooking and the type of stove. The brats probably would be spicy enough without adding any other seasoning. I just wanted to be sure you didn’t add anything else to your recipe.

  7. “Be sure to have plenty of crusty Italian bread and a nice salad, along with a glass of red wine,” – Don’t be telling me my personal business devil woman.

  8. “Be sure to have plenty of crusty Italian bread and a nice salad, along with a glass of red wine,” – Don’t be telling me my personal business devil woman.

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