Lisa's Traditional Stuffing

This recipe has been handed down with minor changes, if you love traditional stuffing this is a great one to try. This stuffing is also very good if you add dried cranberries or you favorite nut.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
16 servings


  • 2 loaves whole wheat bread, cut into small cubes

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage

  • 4 medium onions, diced

  • 3 stalks celery, diced

  • ½ cup butter, or more to taste

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons rubbed dried sage leaves

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried summer savory

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup chicken broth, or more to taste


  1. Place bread cubes in a large bowl.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add onions, celery, 1/2 cup butter, and garlic. Saute until onions appear translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add sage, parsley, savory, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, marjoram, thyme, and nutmeg; mix well. Stir in 1 cup broth.

  4. Slowly pour broth and sausage mixture over bread cubes, stirring continuously as you pour. Add additional broth and butter as desired.

  5. Stuffing is ready to bake in the oven or stuff in the bird.

Cook's Note:

This makes enough to stuff a 12-pound turkey with some on the side. Whatever doesn't fit into the cavity, I wrap in foil and add in the roasting pan with the turkey or chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

278 Calories
13g Fat
28g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 734mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 273mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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