Hot Italian Sausage


This hot Italian sausage recipe was made at my friend's restaurant for over 30 years. When he retired, he graciously passed it on to me. It is excellent in spaghetti sauce, on pizza, or as meatballs and hamburger patties. This recipe was prized by him and revered by many. We are lucky to have gotten this recipe.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 30 mins
20 pounds sausage


  • 20 pounds ground pork

  • ½ cup ground paprika

  • ¼ cup garlic salt

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon anise seed

  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed

  • cup red pepper flakes


  1. Combine pork, paprika, garlic salt, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl; set aside.

  2. Place oil, anise seed, fennel seed, and red pepper flakes into a blender or food processor; blend well. Pour over pork mixture and mix until well combined.

  3. Cover and refrigerate until flavors blend, about 24 hours. Freeze sausage in resealable plastic bags in desired portions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

326 Calories
27g Fat
1g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 80
Calories 326
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 336mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 351mg 7%

* 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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