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Easy Sausage-Stuffed Loaf


  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  • 1. Thaw bread dough on a greased baking sheet according to package directions; let rise until doubled. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage until no longer pink. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add the spinach, cheeses, oregano and garlic powder; set side.
  • 2. Roll each loaf of bread into a 14x12-in. rectangle. Spread sausage mixture lengthwise down the center of each rectangle. Gently press the filling down; dot with butter. Bring edges of dough to the center over filling; pinch to seal. Return to the baking sheet, placing seam side down; tuck ends under and form into a crescent shape. Brush with egg.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before cutting. If desired, cool one loaf on a wire rack; wrap in foil and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • 4. To use frozen loaf: Thaw at room temperature for 2 hours. Unwrap and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 185 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 360mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.


Average Rating:
  • Stephanag23
    Jan 7, 2015

    Thank you Suzanne for sharing this recipe! I've made this recipe since I first saw it in the Taste of Home magazine in 1999. I make it about once a month and we still love it after 5 years! I get requests for the recipe if I ever share. I only add extra garlic powder for my taste, but leave everything else as is. To reheat for a snack, I warm up in a medium heat skillet until warm.

  • juicyfruit007
    May 1, 2011

    This was yummy and different. A couple of thoughts: 1) Don't add extra spinach. 2) This would be good with some kind of dip.

  • jeansmiley
    Dec 19, 2009

    I have made this recipe so many times since it first appeared in the magazine in 1999! It is a favorite when I take it Christmas gatherings.

  • Dec 31, 1969

    Re: Sausage-stuffed Loaf

    Left out the spinach, was delicious. No need to add anything.


  • ladriver1
    Dec 31, 1969

    I would take out the spinach, could add pizza sauce

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