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Easy How To Cook Italian Sausage in the Oven Recipe

Fresh, herby, flavorful sheet pan dinner! If you ever needed an easy how to cook Italian sausage in the oven recipe, this is it! I’ve got the answers for you! Just a few simple steps to perfect baked sausage every single time! 

How To Cook Italian Sausage in the Oven Recipe

Italian Sausage Links in the oven is the easy way of cooking sausage, any kind of sausage, really for an easy dinner! The whole family will enjoy this Italian Sausage bake recipe and there are many recipe variations so that you can make it your own using fresh sausage and delicious vegetables like bell peppers, red onion, green peppers, cherry tomatoes or delicious seasoning like red pepper flakes, sweet peppers, Italian seasoning and fennel seeds. 

Here’s a real Pro Tip: 

This is a great Italian Sausage Recipe, but you can make this recipe using chicken sausages, raw sausages, spicy Italian sausages, turkey sausage, traditional Italian sausages, pork sausage and spicy sausages, just vary the cook time based on the thickness of the sausage and the type of sausage. 

Here’s What You’ll Need for Oven Baked Italian Sausage

  • Sheet Pan, Baking Tray or Baking Dish– the best baking pan for these weeknight dinners.
  • Aluminum Foil – Heavy foil works best and makes for easy cleanup.
  • Meat Thermometer – an instant-read thermometer is the easiest way to make sure your sausage is at the right temperature.
  • Italian Sausages – or any of these sausages in a casing.
  • An Oven – and really, thats all!

Here’s How You Do It

Italian Sausages in tray from storeLay out on sheet panBake for 25-35 minutes

  1. Place the foil on the baking sheet – secure it by crimping it around the edges unless you are feeling daring.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350.
  3. Space your Italian Sausages out so that heat can circulate around them.
  4. Place in the center of the oven and bake for 25-35 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 160.
tray of Italian Sausages
Step 1. Remove Italian Sausages From the store tray.
hand with sausage
Step 2. Lay out on sheet pan and bake for 25-35 minutes.
baked italian sausage on foil
Step 3. After baking allow to cool.
how to cook Italian Sausage in the Oven
Step 4. Serve with your recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What is Italian Sausage? 

A delicious seasoned pork that is packed into a casing! Italian sausage usually comes in mild, medium and hot. You’ll also find it called sweet Italian sausage.

Can I Cook Frozen Italian Sausage in the Oven?

Actually, you CAN cook them from frozen in the oven. The most important thing is that you cook them to an internal temp of 160. So a thermometer is a must. It will take about 10 minutes longer than the recipe below calls for.

How long do I cook sausages in the oven at 350?

You’ll need to cook them to an internal temperature of the sausage of 160 and a cooking time of 25-35 minutes usually.

How long to cook Italian sausages in oven at 200?

Again, cook to the inside temp as indicated, but it takes about 35-45 minutes.

Well, what about a higher temperature and cooking sausages at 400?

This takes a little less time, cook for about 15 minutes. The higher temp, the more you risk over browning the outside skin.

Can I cook my sausages with onions and bell pepper?

You sure can! It makes them even more delicious. You’ll want to add some salt and black pepper to the onions and peppers.

How Do I know when the sausages are fully cooked in the oven?

Use a thermometer and when the inside of the sausages reach 160, you are there!

More Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How Do I Save These For Later?

Save the pre-cooked sausage in an airtight container in the fridge for later to preserve the juiciness of Italian Sausage.

What the Best Way to Serve These?

There are a variety of ways to serve these, but with sweet potatoes, yellow onions or pasta sauce are some great options and are some of my personal favorite for the easiest dinner. 

Can I Cook These on the Stove Top?

Yes, you can. For best results, simply put a little olive oil in a frying pan and cook until golden brown and until the internal temperature is 165.

Do I Need To Prick the Skin on the Sausage First?

Who told you to do that old tale, precious? I know I didn’t! Where do you think the flavor and juiciness comes from in sausage?

That’s right! It’s in the juices in the meats that are inside the casing! If you poke a hole, all the goodness will just run right out onto the sheet pan!

Get in my mouth delicious juices!

Don’t let someone tell you all that ugliness, you don’t need that kind of hatefulness in your life.

Try How to Cook Andouille Sausage in the Oven too!

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Baked Italian Sausage

  • Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil, parchment paper or a silpat for an easy meal. These sausages love to leak and you don’t want to be cleaning pans all evening.
  • Look for Mild Italian Sausage, Medium Italian Sausage or Hot Italian Sausage OR Sweet Italian Sausage. You can even find flavors like cheddar.
  • Don’t pierce the skin before baking. The good stuff will run out as the sausage cooks. You want the best Italian sausage ever!
  • Lay the individual links so that air can circulate between them. Preheat the oven and put the sheet on the middle rack of the oven.
  • Invest in a good kitchen thermometer for recipes like this. You really want the internal temp to 160. Don’t just dig in with a knife, the juices will run out.
  • You do not have to turn these half way through, but that works best for larger sausages.
  • Serve these delicious links over spaghetti with tomato sauce, over grits (heck yeah, ya’ll) or as the main meat with a green side salad.
  • Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about sausage from the American Hot Dog and Sausage Council (did you know there was such a thing?)

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baked italian sausage on foil

Easy How to Cook Italian Sausage in the Oven Recipe

Fresh, Herby, Savory and delicious! Baked Italian Sausage is the best way to enjoy these affordable sausages with almost no clean up!
4.94 from 15 votes
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook Italian Sausage in the Oven
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 78kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 links Italian Sausage any flavor

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350. Cover your baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Lay the Italian Sausages out so that they have space between to allow air to circulate in the oven.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes to internal temp of 160.

Notes

  • Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil, parchment paper or a silpat. These sausages love to leak and you don’t want to be cleaning pans all evening.
  • These sausages often come with added flavors. You can even find flavors like cheddar.
  • Don’t pierce the skin before baking. The good stuff will run out.
  • Lay the individual links so that air can circulate between them. Preheat the oven and put the sheet on the middle rack of the oven.
  • Invest in a good kitchen thermometer for recipes like this. You really want the internal temp to 160. Don’t just dig in with a knife, the juices will run out.
  • You do not have to turn these half way through, but you can if you want.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy How to Cook Italian Sausage in the Oven Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 sausage)
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 166mg7%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This article originally appeared on the pages of Loaves and Dishes on February 22, 2021 and has been updated with new information in the recipe card, tips and tricks and a pro tip.

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Recipe Rating




DDDDDuane

Friday 16th of June 2023

The way I do it: preheat oven to 425, cut the casing off, line pan with parchment paper before putting in sausage. Cook at 425 for 23 minutes and they are perfect for me, won't stick to pan and nothing to scrub, no oil required, sausage not dry...

Wendi Spraker

Monday 26th of June 2023

Thanks

Kate Nate

Friday 28th of April 2023

Can hardly wait to make Hot Italian Sausages in morning ...thanks !!!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 30th of April 2023

Enjoy!

Kat

Thursday 9th of March 2023

Thank you so much for these instructions. I use my oven for most of my "cooking". I hate cooking and avoid it as much as possible. I used precooked chicken sausages for a while in my pasta bakes but I am not a huge fan of the taste. This is perfect for me! I didn't think this was possible without using stovetop. Thank you!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 10th of March 2023

So glad I could help Kat!

Michael

Thursday 19th of January 2023

Great simple instructions for baking sausage without leaving the pan greasy. I used parchment paper as a lining. Thanks!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 21st of January 2023

Great advice about the parchment paper!

Dot

Thursday 5th of January 2023

Wanted to make a casserole that I haven't made in years and couldn't remember how to cook the Italian sausages. Thank you. Your information was spot on.

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 8th of January 2023

You are very very welcome!

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