Sausage Bread

Sausage Bread is such a versatile recipe! Enjoy as an appetizer or an easy dinner with a salad on the side. Our sausage bread recipe is loaded – and I mean loaded – with Italian sausage, held together with tons of mozzarella cheese. Grab some sauce and start dipping!

slice of sausage bread dipped in sauce

Easy Sausage Bread Recipe

Instead of making your own dough, we use store bought crescent rolls to make this Sausage Bread recipe! You can find crescent rolls in a solid sheet these days, without the perforation marks, making it so easy to stuff, roll and bake!

If you can’t find the solid sheets, you can use regular crescent rolls and just pinch the seams together. Either way you’re going to end up with a deliciously cheesy, sausage filled bread that everyone is going to devour.

How To Make Sausage Bread – The EASY Way!!!

We’re starting with those crescent roll sheets, but again, if you only have regular crescent roll dough just pinch all the seams together before starting.

There’s no need to roll out the dough, it’s already the perfect size. Just player on slices of mozzarella or provolone cheese like you see here.

Shredded mozzarella cheese can also be used in this recipe, just add a nice even layer leaving a small gap around the edges.

Cook and crumble Italian sausage in a skillet and then drain any grease from the pan. I like to do this on paper towels to really get the grease off of the sausage so that you don’t end up with greasy bread.

Add the sausage on top of the cheese in an even layer and then roll up the dough from the long side of the rectangle. Pinch the ends together and tuck them under the roll, then carefully place onto a parchment lined baking sheet, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.

Bake at 375 for 15-17 minutes until the bread is golden brown on the outside.

sausage bread baked before slicing

What Other Ingredients Can I Use In The Filling?

We love the classic combination of Italian sausage and cheese but there are tons of different ways to make this sausage bread recipe!

  • Instead of Italian Sausage: Use ground beef, ground pork, pepperoni, shredded chicken or slices of ham from the deli.
  • Instead of mozzarella or provolone cheese: Use shredded cheddar, Mexican blend, gruyere, Swiss or Colby.
  • Or you can add: Cooked peppers and onions, (like we used in this Sausage & Pepper Strudel) or anything you might order on a pizza like sliced black olives and mushrooms.
sausage bread on a platter with sauce

Can You Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time?

We love this sausage bread when it’s fresh baked out of the oven, so our suggestion is to prep the sausage bread, get it on a sheet pan and then stash it in the fridge.

Pull the bread out 15 minutes before baking to take the chill off and then bake per the instructions. If you need to heat up leftover slices of sausage bread the microwave works perfectly!

slice of sausage bread on plate with sauce

Can I Make Sausage Bread Ahead Of Time And Freeze It?

Yes! The best way to freeze sausage bread is to cook it completely and then let it cool. Don’t slice the bread, leave it whole. Once it has cooled down all the way, wrap it in plastic wrap and then in heavy duty aluminum foil.

The bread can be frozen for up to 3 months, then pull it out and let it defrost in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. Unwrap the bread to remove the plastic wrap, then wrap back up in the aluminum foil, place on a baking sheet and warm in the oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

sausage bread sliced on plate

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sausage bread on a platter with sauce

Sausage Bread

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Our Sausage Bread recipe is packed full of Italian sausage and cheese! Less bread, more filling!!! Sausage bread can be served for appetizers of a fun and easy dinner!



  • 2 cans crescent roll sheets (see note)
  • 1 pound Italian sausage or pork sausage, loose or removed from casings
  • 16 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese (can also use shredded cheese, you’ll need about 2 cups)
  • 1 egg beaten with a splash of water
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Marinara or pizza sauce for dipping


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add the sausage to a non-stick skillet. Cook while breaking up into small crumbles, about 5 minutes, or until the sausage is no longer pink. Pour the sausage onto a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  3. Unroll both cans of dough and place them on a board. The dough will be in the shape of rectangles, with 2 long sides and 2 short sides. Place the rectangles side by side, long sides together. Press the seams together to make one large rectangle.
  4. Add the slices of cheese to the dough, overlapping slightly in 4 rows, covering most of the dough. Add the sausage on top of the cheese, spreading out into an even layer.
  5. Roll the sausage roll up starting with a long side. Crimp the ends of the sausage roll together and then tuck under the sausage bread. Place the bread on a baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper.
  6. Brush the egg wash on the top of the sausage roll and then sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake for 15-17 minutes until the sausage bread is brown. Let cool for 5 minutes and then transfer the sausage bread onto a board using 2 spatulas so that it doesn’t break. Slice and serve with sauce for dipping.

Recipe Notes

If you can’t find the crescent roll sheets, you can use regular crescent rolls. Pinch the seams together very well so that the dough doesn’t come apart when rolling or baking.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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