Homemade Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage

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Preparing homemade turkey sausage gives you more control of how much fat and what seasonings go into your sausage. You can use this in any recipes that call for sausage such as Pasta with Italian Sausage, Escarole and Peppers or Sausage White Bean and Kale Soup.

Adjust the seasoning to your liking using the spices you desire. If you like hot sausage, add crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne and chili powder. Other combinations I love –  Romano Cheese and Basil, Rosemary and Tomatoes, and Roasted Red Peppers and Onions. Have fun with it!!

And yes, you can use ground chicken in place of turkey. You could probably even use veggie crumbles to make it vegan.

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Homemade Italian Turkey Sausage

129.4 Cals 16.7 Protein 2.2 Carbs 6.1 Fats
Yield: 5 servings
CUISINE: American


  • 1.25 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/8 tsp dried marjoram leaves
  • 1/4 tsp dried fennel
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Combine turkey, garlic and spices and mix well using your hands.
  • You can form them into patties or use this in recipes where sausage is called for.


Serving: 1/5th, Calories: 129.4kcal, Carbohydrates: 2.2g, Protein: 16.7g, Fat: 6.1g, Sodium: 180.6mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 1.3g
Blue Smart Points: 4
Green Smart Points: 4
Purple Smart Points: 4
Points +: 3
Keywords: low carb

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  1. This is fabulous!  I am not good at mincing so I put the peppers in the food processor.  Then drained the liquid off, added spices and turkey. I made in the morning and put it in the refrigerator for dinner. Then cooked it up and added some of it to our pasta tonight. Even my picky eater loved it.  A win!  And so healthy!

  2. That was super easy and amazingly good. I cooked the sausage in crumbles and added them to my breakfast soufflés.  Thanks Gina.!!!

  3. So good, my go to sausage now. I mix 99 percent and 94 percent fat free ground turkey, make this and use it for recipes calling for sausage. I freeze it and have some on hand. Just did the your Delicata stuffed with sausage and used this recipe in it. It is a favorite. Thank you

  4. Is fennel seed the same as dried fennel?  All I have is fennel seed. 

  5. Oh my, this looks fabulous. I am going to make this to use with your turkey sausage, kale and white bean soup!

    I enjoy skinnytaste!

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  7. This Italian sausage is really good! Looks like onion is in your photo, no onion is listed in the recipe. 

  8. Made this today… Cheated a little. I had two chubs of jennie-o turkey breakfast sausage I bought on sale and needed to use up. I looked at your recipe for turkey sausage and decided to just fry it up with fennel seeds and some finely diced orange pepper. Then I added some better than boulion chicken base + water, brought to a boil and threw in some gnocchi and white beans. As soon as the gnocchi rose to the top, I ladled the soup over bowls of baby kale mix. It was super yummy and even my old dad ate it and I can't get him to eat greens for the life of me!

    • Ooops… I put this on the wrong recipe… sorry.. I meant https://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/01/turkey-sausage-kale-and-white-bean-soup.html

  9. There appears to be onions in the photo, but not in the recipe. Is there something missing?

  10. WOW! I have been missing sausage because it is all made with nitrates. Now I can make my sausage and peppers and manja!

  11. For months now, I have been searching for a good home-made turkey sausage recipe. Thanks so much for posting Gina. I have been enjoying your site for several years now – you're the best!

  12. My local grocery store doesn't have chicken sausage… I've looked for it everywhere. Now I can just buy chicken breasts, put them in the food processer and make my own chicken sausage! Awesome!!

  13. Anonymous…You can actually just select the recepie that you like along with the picture, then copy in into a word doc and print it.

  14. Thanks Kristen!

  15. I loved this recipe. I used it in the white bean, sausage and kale soup. Soooo easy to make and it really spiced up the soup. I didn't have any marjoram or paprika so I subbed corriander and it still tasted great! My Thank you! Kristen

  16. @babydog2- no not yet!

    You can just print page 1 instead of all pages.

    This is good when you can't find turkey sausage. It's not always available everywhere.

  17. Hi Gina…your website has been a treasure trove for my friend and I who are WW'ing together. I was wondering, is there a way to print the recipes without all the comments that follow. When I hit the print this recipe button–it does the whole thing.



  18. Oh wow. Why didn't we think about how simple this could be? Sounds good!

  19. This sounds really good Gina!

  20. Oh, thank you for posting this recipe! I don't use sausage often, but it's nice to have an alternative when you do need it. I'll be making this for sure!

  21. This is great! *bookmark* I will definitely try this soon.

  22. Gina, love your Zucchini sticks recipe. Yummy!
    Do you have a cook book out?
    Thanks, Marion

  23. This is a great idea!

  24. I just wanted to say thanks for this recipe :).

  25. Made the Chicken Thighs with Artichoke Hearts and Feta cheese, tonight. It was really easy to make and turned out great! I will definitely make this again!!!