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Homemade Italian Turkey Sausage

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Homemade Italian Turkey Sausage is lean and healthy! All the flavors of traditional turkey sausage with a fraction of the fat.
Course Homemade Ingredients & Condiments
Cuisine American-Italian
Keyword healthy, homemade, low fat, sausage, turkey
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Servings 1 pound
Calories 139
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon garlic* freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon [italian seasoning]
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds**
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil for cooking


  • In a mixing bowl add the groudn turkey, garlic, italian seasoning, kosher salt, crushed fennel seed, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Mix until combined.


  • Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a skillet or dutch oven over medium to medium-high. Once hot add in the sausage mixture.
  • Use a wooden spatula to break up the mixture. Cooking until browned.
  • Once fully cooked, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water, broth or white wine (depending on the recipe) to deglaze the pan. Scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.


*I use the fresh pregrated stuff from the tube. (no judgement!) feel free to adjust the measurement to your preference.
**Place whole fennel seeds into a mortar and grind with a pestle. Alternatively, you could add them to a baggie and smash with the flat side of a meat tenderizer.


Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 250mg