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Classic Stuffing Recipe: A Thanksgiving Must-Have

Classic Stuffing Recipe: A Thanksgiving Must-Have

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This Classic Stuffing recipe can be used to stuff your next turkey, or to make a casserole.

My Mom is the one who invented this stuffing recipe. Growing up, she made all her stuffing from scratch. This means that she didn’t buy pre-seasoned bread cubes. Instead, she made her own bread from scratch, dried it, and then added her own seasonings. My grandmother’s classic stuffing recipe was so delicious, I had to share it with RecipeGirl users.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 15 servings


1½ cups finely chopped yellow onion
1 cup finely chopped celery
3/4 cup (1½ sticks) salted butter
8 ounces sweet Italian sausage
1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
8 cups stale, unseasoned bread cubes (one or two days old is perfect)
1 teaspoon salt, more as needed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth (use more, as needed)
1 large egg, beaten


In a small pan, sauté the onion and celery in butter over medium heat until tender. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a separate, larger skillet, cook the sausage and mushrooms until the sausage is no longer pink. Drain the sausage fat. Add the onion and celery (and the butter it was cooked in) and stir together.

In a large bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and seasonings with the sausage/vegetable mixture. Moisten with wine and broth. Add the egg and mix well. If the stuffing seems too dry, mix in more broth. You want it to be pretty moist- it will dry out more in the oven.

Use this stuffing to stuff your turkey, or place in a greased 9×13-inch casserole dish and bake (covered) at 375 degrees F. for 40 minutes- then remove cover and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

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