Sausage and Pepper Stuffed Bread

This Sausage and Pepper Stuffed Bread is one of our favorite appetizer recipes! Serve this sausage bread with marinara sauce on the side for dipping!

Love doing the dip??? Check out these Pepperoni Pizza Arancini dipped in sauce and one of our new favorites these Copycat Totino’s Pizza Rolls!

sausage and pepper stuffed bread in a white dish

An Addicting Sausage Stuffed Bread Appetizer

Let’s talk about stuffed bread for a second. Sausage Rolls, Stromboli, Calzones. Whatever you want to call bread with some sort of filling inside.

Here’s what I can’t stand – when you order your sausage roll, or your Stromboli, and it comes with the smallest amount of filling and all bread. Or on the other hand, you get your stuffed bread and it’s ALL cheese. Just a bunch of cheese oozing out of the bread. Not good.

What I’m talking about here is ratios. You need to have the right ratio of ingredients for a stuffed bread.

So in my constant disappointment of ordering stuffed bread of any kind out at restaurants, I decided to do it right and make my own. I’m love sausage and peppers so I went with that combination of ingredients for this recipe. You can switch up the filling ingredients to whatever you like, chicken, ground beef, mushrooms, different cheeses, etc.

How Do You Make This Sausage and Pepper Stuffed Bread?

To keep it easy, I used a store-bought italian bread dough.

Sausage and pepper Stuffed Bread ingredients

Start by cooking the onions and peppers together with a pound of Italian sausage in a large skillet for about 15 minutes.

Divide the filling in half and let cool.

Open one of the dough packages and set the loaf on a floured cutting board. What you want to do is cut a line right down the center but not all the way through so that you can open it into a rectangle like this.

Sausage and pepper Stuffed Bread dough for filling

Next you’re going to roll out the dough into a 15″x7″ rectangle, approximately, don’t worry too much about the size.

Once the filling is cooled, take half the filling and lay it down the center of your rolled out dough. Then fold over each half of the dough to seal the bread, using an egg wash to help it stick together.

sausage bread folded

Here’s where you’ll put the egg wash, then fold over the other side of the dough to close the bread up.

Repeat with the other loaf and place on a baking sheet, seam side down in a 400 degree oven for 15-18 minutes.

Once they cool for a few minutes, slice carefully and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

sausage and pepper bread on a board

We also like to make this sausage roll for dinner! Instead of ordering pizza we can have this homemade sausage bread on the table before delivery comes!

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Sausage and Pepper Stuffed Bread

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

This sausage and peppers stuffed bread is an epic appetizer recipe for parties! Or make it for dinner instead of ordering pizza!



  • 1 pound Italian sausage, sweet or hot, casings removed
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup large onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 /2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 packages of Pillsbury Italian Bread
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • marinara sauce for dipping


  1. Pray a large skillet with cooking spray and brown the sausage crumbling as it cooks.
  2. Add the onions and peppers, cook until softened, about 7-8 minutes. Drain any drippings from the pan if needed.
  3. Season the sausage with salt and pepper to taste, then add the garlic powder, oregano and basil.
  4. Divide the filling in half, then set aside to cool.
  5. Open the package of dough and place the loaf on a floured board. Make a cut down the center of the loaf to butterfly the loaf open. You won’t cut all the way through, just cut enough to spread the loaf in half and spread out slightly.
  6. Place half of the filling down the center of the dough. Add the 1/2 of the provolone and 1/2 of the mozzarella on top of the filling.
  7. Fold half of the dough over the filling, brush with egg wash, then fold the other half of the dough over to seal. Fold both ends over and press to seal with egg wash.
  8. Place the stuffed bread seam side down on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Brush the entire loaf with egg wash then add some parmesan cheese on top.
  9. Repeat with the other loaf.
  10. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown on top.
  11. Let cool for 5 minutes, then carefully slice and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


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21 Responses
  1. Megan

    Holy Batman, does that look delicious!! Sausage and bell peppers are usually my go-to pizza topping, but this is really an endless possibilities dish. I may have to do this up to take to my next potluck. People will think I am really very awesome. I will let them ramble a bit and then give you some credit :) I’m also thinking this would be a fun one with the kiddos and a spread of many toppings to choose from and assemble to one’s liking. How hot is that horsey cheese?

    1. admin

      The cheese isn’t hot at ALL. Just a perfect flavor for this sausage bread, my 5 year old ate it…:) Yes, I’m thinking a topping party would be awesome! Thanks for commenting, I hope your try it!

  2. Virginia

    I’ve made this numerous times now. It’s always a hit. I couldn’t find the Cabot cheese, but what I did find at my local supermarket was a wonderful horseradish/bacon cheese. On top of everything else, on the very top of the filling before I close it, I actually layer slices of Provolone. It makes it extra cheesy and delicious! Another random aside– I use the Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and just roll out the dough and moosh it together at the seams. Again, my local grocery doesn’t sell the Italian Bread Dough or even anything similar. It still turns out great, though!

    1. Dan

      You can definitely make ahead and freeze it! Just add about 15 minutes to the cook time if you bake it frozen.

      1. Carole

        If you precook before freezing does the bread become soggy when your ready to cook up? Or, do you suggest freezing after you prep (dough uncooked)?

        1. Dan

          Definitely cook first, then freeze. Put the frozen bread right into the oven, don’t thaw first and it shouldn’t be soggy at all!

  3. mONICA*

    I love this recipe! Have you ever cooked both but only age one of them? If I want to reheat a pre-cooked one, any idea the temp and time for that? And should I cover it with foil so it won’t burn?’

    1. Dan

      Monica, yes I would cover it with foil and reheat at 350 for about 15 minutes. If center isn’t warmed through just give it a few more! I’m glad you enjoy it!

  4. Donna j

    My local grocery store doesn’t carry the Pillsbury Italian bread so I bought Pillsbury crescent sheets. I’m hoping they hold up and work well for this recipe. I’m excited to try this.

    1. Joseph Cennamo

      Make your own dough.if you can’t buy a dough from your local pizzeria. That’s the heart of the recipe. I use Italian sausage 80/20 chopped meat and shredded mozzarella oregano fresh basil tarragon garlic salt and whatever you like

    1. Dan

      Make sure that you’re only brushing one edge of the dough with the egg wash. Don’t brush both edges or the egg wash won’t stick to the egg wash. Does that make sense?

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