Cheesy Italian Sausage Bread

I do my best to avoid simply saying things like, “Oh my gosh, you guys, this is so so so so so amazingly delicious!”  “It’s so yummy!”  “You’ll want to marry it!”  I’ve watched enough critiquing on The Next Food Network Star to know the importance of using proper descriptive adjectives. But really. This is so freakishly good.  And you probably will want to marry it.  I know there are similar things you can do with pre-made, frozen bread dough, tossing in cheese and pepperoni or something, but this is such an elevated version and making it from scratch totally pays off here.  The bread is so soft and tender, and beautifully flavored with herbs and spices, and seriously, just look at it.   Trust me and try it.  Bonus:  This makes two loaves, and it freezes pre-baking beautifully.  So eat one for dinner and put one in the freezer for another night if you like.

Start by stirring together some flour, yeast, and Italian seasoning.

Add in melted butter, warm milk, with a little salt and sugar, and also an egg


Until you have a nice soft dough.

After your dough comes together and gets kneaded, place it in an oiled bowl to rise.   I use our Rosemary Olive Oil and slather it all over that sucker.

After it’s risen, divide it into 3 balls,

and then take each ball and roll it into a long snake and snip it into little pieces.

These little dough balls will get layered into the bread pan along with some cooked, crumbled Italian sausage (I use Italian turkey sausage)

And cheeeeeeese.  (No that’s not a typo.)  Fontina, mozarella, and Parmesan.  Don’t skimp.  Buy the yummy cheese.

Layer all of that in there in alternating layers.  It seems like a ridiculous amount of cheese.  Just go with it.

When it bakes up, the bread and the sausage and the cheese all become one beautiful piece of deliciousness.

You can slice it into slices

Or pull it apart into chunks.

Serve it with pesto for dipping (it just keeps getting better!)

And instantly become the most popular person in the room.




  1. I try hard to avoid making comments like, “oh my gosh, you guys, this looks so amazingly delicious!” But sometimes there are no other words.

  2. Just a quick question. Do you let it rise in the pan at all before baking? This will make a great after school snack! Thanks.

  3. This recipe sounds amazing! The only problem I have with it is that I live in Australia and am not sure what “Italian sausage” translates as. Is it what we call Salami? Or is it something different? I’d love to try this recipe, hope someone can help. Carolyn

  4. Oh My Goodness…..I am new to your site and going NUTS!!! Can’t wait to make this and some of the other recipes too. Sounds sooooo good!! I always like to treat my family to different food items. I am sure the few I have selected will be great hits with my family. Thanks

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