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I too am from Chicagolad and looked forward to this recipe! The seasonings are close but not quite there for me and DH. I think I will reduce the sage next time, since it reminded us a bit of breakfast sausage and will add a bit more fennel and garlic. Thanks for working out the hard part of these seasoningsss and I look forward to making another batch soon!

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RxMama2 April 07, 2015

We used this recipe to season chicken breast (just what we had on hand) that we were using in a recipe instead of sausage. We cubed the chicken breast, seasoned and cooked it up in some olive oil and then tossed with pasta, Alfredo sauce and spinach. The sausage seasoning was fantastic and really made the chicken a pretty good substitute. I am definitely going to try this with ground turkey next. Thanks for a great recipe!

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lizparadise95 January 08, 2015

Fantastic! What a great recipe. My DH said I don't know why you buy prepared Italian sausage when you can make it better. I did a half recipe for some stuffed jalapenos. The fennel is a must. If you have ground pork and the seasonings, try it, you'll like it. Thank You for posting.

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Naturelover June 20, 2014

Thanks for this great Italian sausage recipe. I have tried many before this one and most fell short on flavor. Your recipe certainly is the best by far in flavor. I used non lean turkey meat for the sausage and it turned out delicious. Used it on pizza and as patties on grilled sandwiches . I can't wait to try the recipe with lean pork. Definitely not your sweet Italian spice but a bold Italian flavor rich with paprika color and satisfying taste.

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Food Sorceress June 11, 2014

I made this with ground beef, fresh garlic, and I did reduce the salt. It had exactly the flavor I was looking for! So delicious, thanks for posting!

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Rebekah of SFD October 21, 2013

Made this recipe spur of the moment, so was missing a couple of the seasonings. I thought the flavor created by the combination of spices was really good. (I only used about 2 tsp paprika). The salt, though was way too much! I like salty food, but I don't usually measure it when I cook. 1 1/2 tsp seemed like a lot, but since I don't usually measure on meat, I went with it. I felt it was so salty that you could almost feel the salt crunch. That said, I will probably try this recipe again with much less salt because I did like the flavor I could get until the salt took over.

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kitchenmommy May 06, 2013

Thank you for this recipe!!! I haven't eaten sausage in a long time because it's filled with so much fat and calories, but I used lean ground turkey to make this and it tasted just like regular Italian sausage. I'm from Chicago, so the fact that this is Chicago-style sausage makes the recipe even better. I'll be making this a lot :)

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rpgaymer October 14, 2012

This is a tasty, savory, slightly spicy sausage.....not the sweet Italian kind, which is what I had hoped for.....but good in its own right. I'll definitely make this again when I'm in the mood for a savory sausage. Followed the directions exactly except omitted the salt since I'm on a low-sodium diet.

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Goody2shz June 04, 2010

Thank You sooo much!!!!!!! I am in Japan and needed Italian sausage recipe for pizza and pasta. I was buying it in bulk from an Italian restaurant here but it was awesome but really expensive, were paying about 1,300 Yen ( about 13 bucks) per lb.

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Heather in Utsunomiya,Japan December 12, 2008

I thought the seasonings were just right for this sausage. I'm no expert on "Italian" or otherwise when it comes to sausage flavors, but I used this with a pasta dish and it was very tasty.

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Kate57 October 16, 2008
Homemade Bulk Italian Sausage, Chicago Style