2-Ingredient Italian Sausage Rolls Recipe

Need a brilliant appetizer, a satisfying lunch, or something to serve on Game Day? 2-Ingredient Italian Sausage Rolls are guaranteed to be a hit. Made with only two simple ingredients: your favorite Italian sausage, (mild or spicy) and frozen bread dough. Yep, that’s it!

The recipe belonged to the mother of a childhood friend; she’d make batches of these for the neighborhood kids and we all adored her for it. It’s still one of my all-time favorites, and something I make for my family on a regular basis. Every bite tastes just like a miniature Italian sausage sandwich.

These bite-sized sausage bread rolls are especially fabulous still warm from the oven. And while you can dress them up any way you see fit, by adding cheese, herbs, or chopped mushrooms—you don’t have to. They taste great exactly as is. I don’t even serve them with a sauce, but by all means, make Marinara Dipping Sauce if you gotta have it.

Wondering what to eat with sausage rolls? A simple green salad ought to do, or just a glass of wine. Not everything has to be balanced, every single meal. Veg out tonight and worry about it tomorrow.

Need a brilliant appetizer, a satisfying lunch, or something to serve on Game Day? 2-Ingredient Italian Sausage Rolls are guaranteed to be a hit. Made with only two simple ingredients: your favorite Italian sausage, (mild or spicy) and frozen bread dough. Yep, that’s it!

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Making 2-Ingredient Italian Sausage Rolls for the whole neighborhood? Nothing is easier. Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.

How to make 2-Ingredient Italian Sausage Rolls:

  1. If you’re using frozen bread dough, you need to allow enough time to thaw out the dough. Pull it out of the freezer the night before, and allow 8 to 12 hours to completely thaw.
  2. Then brown the Italian sausage in a skillet and let it cool a little so you can handle it.

    Need a brilliant appetizer, a satisfying lunch, or something to serve on Game Day? 2-Ingredient Italian Sausage Rolls are guaranteed to be a hit. Made with only two simple ingredients: your favorite Italian sausage, (mild or spicy) and frozen bread dough. Yep, that’s it!

  3. Once the dough is thawed, cut it into roughly a dozen pieces. Flatten each piece into a long strip. It may work a little better on a floured work surface.

    Need a brilliant appetizer, a satisfying lunch, or something to serve on Game Day? 2-Ingredient Italian Sausage Rolls are guaranteed to be a hit. Made with only two simple ingredients: your favorite Italian sausage, (mild or spicy) and frozen bread dough. Yep, that’s it!

  4. Next, place a spoonful of browned Italian sausage on one end of the strip, and roll it up into something resembling a croissant. Don’t worry too much about this—baking the sausage rolls is very forgiving!

    Need a brilliant appetizer, a satisfying lunch, or something to serve on Game Day? 2-Ingredient Italian Sausage Rolls are guaranteed to be a hit. Made with only two simple ingredients: your favorite Italian sausage, (mild or spicy) and frozen bread dough. Yep, that’s it!

  5. Place each piece, seam side down on a prepared baking sheet, pop in the oven and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, 20-25 minutes.

    Need a brilliant appetizer, a satisfying lunch, or something to serve on Game Day? 2-Ingredient Italian Sausage Rolls are guaranteed to be a hit. Made with only two simple ingredients: your favorite Italian sausage, (mild or spicy) and frozen bread dough. Yep, that’s it!

How to make your own Italian sausage:

Don’t have a favorite Italian deli? Making your own homemade Italian sausage is easier than you think, especially when you don’t need sausage in links. Best of all, you can use ground turkey in place of pork for a healthy Italian sausage. Here’s how:

1 pound ground pork (20% fat or more) or lean ground turkey (at least 15% fat)
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds, coarsely ground
2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
1/2 to 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cider vinegar

In a bowl, combine salt, pepper, fennel seed and red-pepper flakes. Add pork (or turkey) to the spice mixture along with the garlic, and vinegar. Using a wooden spoon, mix thoroughly for 1 full minute before cooking.

Need a brilliant appetizer, a satisfying lunch, or something to serve on Game Day? 2-Ingredient Italian Sausage Rolls are guaranteed to be a hit. Made with only two simple ingredients: your favorite Italian sausage, (mild or spicy) and frozen bread dough. Yep, that’s it!

How to make puff pastry sausage rolls:

When you want to take it up a notch, this recipe works just as well with store-bought frozen butter puff pastry, also known as pâte feuilletée, or leafed pastry. It can be found in the freezer section of well-stocked grocery stores.

Most frozen puff pastry can come in 14-to 18-ounce packages, so you might have to experiment with how much you need for this recipe.

There’s no need to roll out puff pastry—it’s ready to go.

  1. Simply let the pastry thaw and cut the dough into 12-14 strips.
  2. Roll up each section around a spoonful of browned sausage and place on the prepared baking sheet, seam-side down.
  3. Bake at the temperature indicated on the package.

How to make Italian Sausage Rolls with pizza dough:

Need a sausage roll recipe with pizza dough you already have in the refrigerator? Absolutely, you can use fresh or frozen pizza dough instead of bread dough to make these beauties.

  1. Cut an 8-ounce ball of pizza dough into 12 pieces, and flatten the dough out into strips. You may need a floured work surface to make this easier.
  2. Roll up each section around a spoonful of browned sausage and place on the prepared baking sheet, seam-side down.
  3. Bake at the temperature indicated on the package until brown. Serve warm.

How to make Italian Sausage Rolls with crescent roll dough:

My Easy Pigs in a Blanket recipe uses crescent roll dough for the best kid friendly snack ever. There’s no reason you can’t make Italian sausage in a blanket, though! Here’s how:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Unwrap one tube of crescent rolls and separate into triangles. Working with one triangle at a time, cut it into 3 sections with a sharp knife.
  3. Roll up each section around a spoonful of browned sausage and place on the prepared baking sheet, seam-side down.
  4. Repeat with remaining crescent rolls and sausage.
  5. Bake until the crescent rolls are golden brown and puffy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.
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2-Ingredient Italian Sausage Rolls Recipe

Need a brilliant appetizer, a satisfying lunch, or something to serve on Game Day? 2-Ingredient Italian Sausage Rolls are guaranteed to be a hit. Made with only two simple ingredients: your favorite Italian sausage, (mild or spicy) and frozen bread dough. Yep, that’s it!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword sausage
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 130kcal
  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough thawed and risen at room temperature (see notes).
  • 16 ounces ground Italian sausage
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook Italian sausage in a saucepan or skillet until well done, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • On a lightly-floured surface, cut bread dough into approximately 12 pieces. Working with one or two pieces at a time, roll or spread each piece out into a long, flat strip. 
  • Top with 2 tablespoons cooked Italian sausage. Starting at one end of a strip, roll up the bread dough. Set on a non-stick or lightly-greased baking sheet, seam-side down. Repeat with remaining piece of dough and sausage.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through, until golden brown. Remove and cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

To prepare frozen bread dough, thaw bread dough in the fridge a dish covered with plastic wrap 8 to 12 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator and let rise at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal

 

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  1. Those look so good and so easy! Can’t wait to give them a test run with the kiddos :)

    1. Thanks Tara, I hope your kids love them! They are definitely a favorite with my husband and toddler, and more importantly, me! :)

  2. Jessica @AHappyFoodDance

    These look absolutely delicious Meggan! I can see making a batch of these up for Sunday football games!5 stars

    1. Thanks Jessica, they are always a hit in my household, Game Day or not! :)

  3. Serene @ House Of Yumm

    What a fun and easy appetizer! Hope you’re doing well Meggan :)

    1. Thanks Serene, who doesn’t love a fun and easy appetizer? Especially if it actually tastes good too! :)

  4. I TOTALLY agree that simple is nearly always best!! What a cool idea – I love how you twist them around to make them look all posh – but they are so easy to make! Nice one, Meggan!5 stars

    1. Posh huh? The bread dough likes to roll up on itself so this was all I could to stuff them with sausage. :) Thank you, Helen!

  5. These are so simple to make I love them! I can’t get enough of your easy recipes Meggan!

    1. Thanks Mira, sometimes for me easy = lazy but that’s okay. :)

  6. Janette @ Culinary Ginger

    Ahh, the sausage roll, a British classic and one of my faves. We just usually eat them with ketchup, or just on their own. A great recipe for a quick appetizer.5 stars

    1. I seriously had no idea these were a British classic. My friend’s mom who made them is Italian. But either way, they are delicious!

  7. It kills me. Simply kills me that you guys in the US have all this cool stuff like frozen bread dough. Having said that though, I am pretty sure this is going to be fab if I make it with plain old puff pastry. I can’t believe i never thought of doing this – it’s so simple and a perfect appetiser!

    Can I just confirm that you leave the sausage in the skin?5 stars

    1. Frozen bread dough: A luxury, no doubt. And I really don’t ever think to buy it except for this recipe which is crazy! So, the sausage has no skin. It is bulk ground italian sausage sold in the way ground beef is sold. In the US you can buy it either flat in a styrofoam tray with plastic wrap or in a 1-pound tube. So you just dump it in a pan and fry it up, breaking it up like ground beef. I hope this helps!!! Sorry that was clear. I’ll see if I can explain it better in my post.

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