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Italian Sausage Stromboli

This family-style Italian Sausage Stromboli will elevate Italian night to another level. It starts with pizza dough, topped with a layer of sweet Italian sausage, a generous helping of mozzarella cheese and a drizzle of pizza sauce. You can add sautéed peppers, olives, ham, pepperoni or any other topping that suits your fancy to make it your own. This Italian Sausage Stromboli has all of the makings of a classic Italian feast.

Italian Sausage Stromboli

Italian Stromboli or Roll-Up Pizza Bread

I make several versions of this type of roll-up bread, and my family never ever gets tired of them. My Barbecue Chicken and Jalapeno Pizza Bread is a kicked up variation that remains a fan favorite. I’m continually receiving messages from busy moms and dads looking for quick weeknight meals and I am purposely keeping it simple for this Italian Sausage Stromboli. Just like pizza, the possibilities are endless. Then roll and bake. You can serve this with a salad for a 30 minute meal or alongside veggies and dip as an appetizer.  Entrees like this one fall under the category of 30 minute meals that anyone can make.

step by step pictures with pizza dough and italian sausage

Homemade Pizza Dough or Refrigerated?

I purposely use refrigerated pizza dough for this stromboli as it was designed to be an easy weeknight meal. Should you choose to use homemade pizza dough, be aware it should be rolled very thin or it won’t bake all the way through. Alternately, form homemade dough into a circle, fill one side then fold it over and pinch the crust like a calzone. Homemade pizza dough will bake more thoroughly when making it this way. To see how to make a calzone, checkout this Cheesy Italian Sausage Calzone from Butter with a Side of Bread.

Italian Sausage Stromboli

Other Stromboli Recipes to Add  to the Menu

More family style Stromboli’s you may like to try:

Baked Italian Sausage Stromboli

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Italian Sausage Stromboli
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Italian Sausage Stromboli

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Italian-sausage-stromboli
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 290kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 medium sweet onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb spicy Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce plus add'l for dipping
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1 13.4 oz tube refrigerated pizza crust [i.e. Pillsbury Classic] or 1 lb homemade pizza dough
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dry Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt


  • In a medium-size skillet saute the onion in a couple of drizzles of olive oil for 2 minutes or until softened.. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute longer. Add Italian sausage to the pan, cook until no pink remains. Drain any excess fat from the pan. Set aside.
  • To assemble: Preheat the oven to 425°F. On a silpat or parchment paper, stretch the dough into roughly a 13 x 10 inch rectangle.
  • Sprinkle with half of the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Arrange the cooked sausage on top, then drizzle with the pizza sauce.
  • Top with the remaining shredded cheese. Begin to roll starting from the widest edge. Arrange seam side down on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Brush the top and sides with melted butter, then sprinkle with Italian seasoning onion powder and garlic salt. Finish with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Rest for 5 minutes before cutting into 1 inch slices.
  • Serve with additional pizza sauce for dipping, if desired.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight (homemade pizza calzone dough via your attachment).
    It was terrific! The whole family loved it. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Insanely delicious! I used homemade dough and didn’t notice the note about rolling it VERY THIN until after it was in the oven. My homemade dough normally bakes for 30-35 minutes, so I tented the stromboli with tin foil after 10 minutes and then baked for 25 more. It came out perfect!

    1. Hi Leslie, great tip you’re so smart, it does take homemade dough longer to bake. I’m so happy you loved this one, thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    This was easy and quick and so yummy! Everyone loved it. I put it together earlier in the day up to the part where you brush it with melted butter and sprinkle seasoning on top. Stored it covered in the fridge until I was ready. Once I was ready for it, I pulled it out and proceeded with the topping and baked it. I used mild Italian sausage and served it with a side of warm pizza sauce for dipping.

      1. 5 stars
        I made this the other night it was so good I’m making it again tonight. Thank you for the recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful easy recipe for Stromboli. I would add that you cut the slits on the top, it makes it cook better and no soggy-ness from vegetables (if you add more that tends to happen).

  5. Directly from the instructions:
    To assemble:
    Preheat the oven to 425°F. On a silpat or parchment paper, stretch the dough into roughly a 10 x 13 inch rectangle. Sprinkle with half of the shredded mozzarella cheese. Arrange the cooked sausage on top, then drizzle with the pizza sauce.

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