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How To Cook Italian Sausage in the Oven

Fresh, herby, flavorful and COOKED TO PERFECTION! If you ever wondered HOW TO COOK ITALIAN SAUSAGE IN THE OVEN, I’ve got the answers for you! It’s easy and effortless and almost ZERO cleanup when you do BAKED ITALIAN SAUSAGE, is there anything better than that?

how to cook Italian Sausage in the Oven

Cooking Italian Sausage in the Oven

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

tray of Italian Sausages
  • Sheet Pan – one with a rim works best.
  • Some Aluminum Foil – I like the “heavy” best because it’s less likely to get holes.
  • Italian Sausages – or any of these sausages in a casing.
  • An Oven – and really, thats all!

Here’s How You Do It

  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.

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 temp of 160 and this takes about 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 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!

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.

baked italian sausage on foil

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Baked Italian Sausage

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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How To Cook Italian Sausage in the Oven

Fresh, Herby, Savory and delicious! Baked Italian Sausage is the best way to enjoy these affordable sausage with almost no clean up!
5 from 4 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
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Italian Sausage sweet, mild, medium or hot of 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How To Cook Italian Sausage in the Oven
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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