Classic Thanksgiving Dressing With Parsley, Sage and Thyme


For those who haven't completely given up on homemade stuffing and are looking for a simple, memorable stuffing, this sage stuffing recipe — and its tasty variations — will set you on the path in the right direction.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
10 cups


  • 1 (1 pound) loaf crusty Italian or French bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes or, if drying and toasting bread is too much trouble, buy unflavored croutons or bread cubes

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 2 onions, diced

  • 2 celery stalks, diced

  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley leaves

  • 1 teaspoon dried sage, rubbed between fingers

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 large eggs


  1. Spread bread cubes in a single layer on two large sheet pans and let dry for a few hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Adjust the oven racks to lower- and upper-middle positions. Grease a 3-quart baking dish.

  3. Bake bread cubes in the preheated oven until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

  4. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and celery; sauté until soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.

  6. Add bread, parsley, sage, thyme, salt, pepper, chicken broth, and eggs to onion mixture; mix well. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish; cover with foil.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until steamy, about 30 minutes. Remove foil; continue baking until top is crusty, about 10 minutes more. Serve immediately.


Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

123 Calories
5g Fat
16g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 123
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 327mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 94mg 2%

* 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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