Homemade Italian Sausage

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Italian Sausage (ready for soup pot)

I’ve been making this Italian sausage for nigh on to 40 years now.  By making it yourself, you can ensure no sugar or hidden carb fillers are in your Italian sausage.   I keep some made up in my freezer all the time.  It’s so good in recipes, with Italian food, in soups or just as a SNACK!  This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly and also suitable for Keto, Primal and Paleo lifestyles.

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1 1/2 lb. ground pork
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/4 c. chopped parsley
1 clove minced garlic
¾ tsp. fennel, crushed
1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
1/2 tsp. coarse black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt

Traditionally this sausage is made with veal and pork, but as veal is so pricey I just use regular 90% lean ground beef. If you have or can get veal easily, GO FOR IT, by all means! Sometimes I use all pork in this recipe.  For freezing, I like to carefully lay a sheet of plastic wrap on a sheet pan, extended longer than the pan. I prefer patty shape and set four on the plastic in pan.  Then I fold the sides over and ends up and simply accordion the four into a stack, as pictured below.  I then place these bundles into a gallon Ziploc bag and freeze.

Lined up on plastic wrap in pan

DIRECTIONS:  Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with your hands or a fork.  Do not stop mixing until the garlic, parsley and spices are WELL-blended.  Shape either into 16 patties or 16 cylindrical link shapes.  If you prefer, you can stuff casings, if you have the equipment, but that’s waaaay too much trouble for me.  😉   The patties/links will be approx. 2 oz. each. Freeze and use as needed.  For ease of defrosting, it’s essential that plastic separate each patty so you can just  pop the number you need off a stack (cutting plastic wrap if needed) and cook over medium-high heat to brown  These are great with alongside Italian dishes or sometimes I crumbled it up right into Italian casseroles.

One wrapped stack ready to freeze

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:     Makes 16 patties, each 2 oz. patty contains:

149.3 calories

11.88g fat

.29g carbs, .14g. fiber,  .15 NET CARBS

9.68g. protein

36 mg. sodium

7 thoughts on “Homemade Italian Sausage

  1. Judy

    Hi Peggy. I’m going to try this, but I’d like to share an Italian family story with you. I married into a very Italian family. They were not a Feast of the 7 Fishes family, but on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve (it varied, but usually NY) Pop and his boys would get together to make sausage. The only difference from yours is: no oregano, always pork butt or shoulder and a good glassful of Zinfandel (of which we all partook). Sausage was made up until Midnight at which time fasting (fish only) was over and meat could be eaten. Imagine eating a fresh made sausage sangwich (that’s what I said) at 1 AM Christmas or New Year’s Day! YUM. Hubby and I carried on the tradition for a long while, but just don’t do it any more. Think I’ll give it another look!

    1. Thanks for sharing, Judy. I LIKE the idea of wine in it. May try that with my next batch. A little wine never hurt anything IMHO. 😉 I don’t drink wine much but SURE do love to cook with it. No Italian blood in my family……a little English, a little Irish and a good dousing of Cherokee Indian. So you may not like this as well as your family recipe. But I’ve always liked the spice/herb blend in this. Hope you do, too. 🙂

    1. Hi Karen! Word-wrap just made the carbs LOOK off. Sorry. I’ve gone in and forced the stats into a vertical line-up now and it reads better. No the numbers do not include the soy black beans or tomatoes on the plate….just the sausage. 🙂

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