This homemade Italian sausage without casings recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious. Making your own sausage gives you control over what goes in it. These sausages are spicy and bold and great to grill this summer. They are also low carb with only 0.4g net carbs.
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We lived in England for a year and it was one of the best experiences of my life. One thing that I remember eating there was homemade sausage. Our first trip to a butcher resulted in a handful of free homemade sausages and we were hooked. Some places had all kinds of sausages and that is something that I had been wanting to try for years.
So this is my first batch and it was a success. I started with these homemade Italian sausages and it was so easy! I didn’t use casings because I’m not ready for that and may never be ready for that.
However If your family likes this type of sausage you should try making your own so you can have total control over the ingredients and you can make all kinds of flavors!
Making sausage with a meat grinder attachment for the mixer.
I don’t have a stand alone meat or food grinder but I did find this Kitchen Aid food grinder attachment. All you have to do is just hook onto the mixer and it does all the hard work.
Kitchen Aid also makes a sausage stuffer attachment but I’m not ready to use casing hence this post. But if you are, go check it out.
Recipe ingredients I used.
Below you can see the simple ingredients I used for this recipe. I used a pork butt roast because I wanted a fattier pork to add more flavor. You do not want to use a lean pork roast because it will be very dry.
The spices I used to make it an Italian sausage was fresh garlic cloves, fennel seeds, salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, Italian spices seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes. Note if you want a sweet sausage just eliminate the chili pepper flakes and cayenne.
How to make homemade sausages without casings.
- First cover the baking try with plastic wrap. Then cut up the pork roast into large pieces and place on a baking tray and place in the freezer for 1 hour. It will help you grind the meat if it’s a little frozen.
- Next place pieces of cold meat through the grinder and place the ground pork onto the plastic wrap covered baking tray. Spread it out all over the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl add all the spices and mix well. Then take the bowl and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the ground pork. Also add the crushed garlic. Using your hands try to mix the spices into the meat but try not to overwork the meat.
- Form the sausage mixture into large sausage links and place on a plate. Continue until you’ve used all of the meat mixture.
Store sausages in an airtight container. Please scroll down to view the printable recipe card.
Now you can use the sausage any way you want. You can grill them, cook them in the slow cooker, add them to recipes or whatever you want.
I wanted to grill these sausages but I needed them to stay together on the grill. To help keep them together start by cooking them on the stove and essential parboiling them first. Here’s how.
How to grill or cook sausage without casings.
- Heat up a large saute pan to medium heat. Fill with water and when it’s simmering, add the finished sausage and cook for about 1 minute on each side. Try to keep them separated when you do this. (see photo above)
- Now you can grill, pan fry or cook them any way you want. I grilled them and then added a good sauce. If you decide to grill them, just do it for about 4 minutes per side. Cooking time may vary.
Some sausage making secrets I learned.
- You need to parboil these if you want to eat them in link form. If you are cutting them up to use them in soup for instance you do not have to parboil them first.
- Use a fatty meat like a pork shoulder or pork butt. If you use a lean meat you have also add some fattier meat.
- Cut your meat into chunks and lay on a cookie sheet with plastic wrap. Freeze for 1 hour to help you grind it.
- Use the same cookie sheet to let the ground meat fall onto and spread it out a bit to mix in the spices. It’s easier than a big bowl to get it all mixed well.
- Take a bit of the sausage and pan fry it to test if the spices are right. I ended up using more garlic and much more fennel.
Recipe ideas of how to eat this fresh sausage.
These homemade sausages are low carb so they would work in many kinds of keto recipes. Here are few examples of keto recipes to try.
- pumpkin and kale or peppers with sausage soup
- cheese and sausage stuffed mushrooms
- wide zucchini noodles, butternut squash noodles or egg noodles with sausage
- cauliflower crust pizza with spinach and sausage
Here are few more recipes that are not low carb.
- stuffed banana pepper pasta
- lentil and sausage soup
- Primanti’s sliders
- Italian nachos or asiago flatbread
- slow cooker hot sausage, peppers and onions
Well if you have any interest in making your own hot sausage give this a try. It’s super easy with the grinder and it lets you have total control over what goes in your sausage. The nutritional information for 1 homemade Italian sausage is:
99 cals / 4.2g fat / 0.7g carb / 0.3g fiber / 13.7g protein = 0.4g net carbs
Homemade Italian Sausage without Casings
This homemade Italian sausage recipe without casings is easy to make and tastes delicious. Making your own sausage gives you control over what goes in it. These sausages are spicy and bold and great to grill this summer.
- 2 pounds pork shoulder cut into chunks
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- t teaspoon Italian seasonings
- t teaspoon cayenne
- 1 teaspoon pepper flakes
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
- To make the raw sausages: Cut the pork into chunks and lay on a cookie sheet lined with plastic wrap. Set into the freezer for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile add all the seasonings to a bowl and mix well.
- Take the chunks and feed the cold meat through the grinder and let the meat fall onto the plastic wrapped baking sheet. Loosely spread the ground meat evenly and sprinkle the spices and crushed garlic evenly over the meat.
- Use your hands to mix the spices into the meat well. Form the spiced meat into a sausage shape.
- To cook or grill the sausages: Get a large saute pan half filled with simmering water and place the sausages into the water. Let cook for only 1 minute on each side. This parboils them so they will stay together when you grill them.
- Take out of the water and grill until done to your liking. This should only take about 4 minutes per side. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
You need to parboil these if you want to use them in link form. If you are cutting them up to use them in soup for instance you do not have to parboil them first.
The nutritional information for 1 sausage is: 99 cals / 4.2g fat / 0.7g carb / 0.3g fiber / 13.7g protein = 0.4g net carbs
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 piece
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99 caloriesUnsaturated Fat: 0g
I was looking for technique and your recipe fit the bill. Thank you very much! I think they look great!!!
I see you used an air fryer also, did you parboil the sausage first then too?
Hello maybe you could try and wrap the sausages in parchment paper and foil and then place them into a steamer for a few minutes. I have dont veggie sausages the same way.
Hi Stephanie, yes I think that would work too. I also made some sausage in the air fryer and just shaped them and cooked them and they were fine.
I think you answered my question about parboiling if cooking in a pan. Sounds like for the air fryer you didn’t parboil, rather just shaped and cooked.
Hi Frank, yes I just cooked them in the air fryer with no parboiling. Here is the recipe for that version if you want it. https://mylifecookbook.com/air-fryer-sausage-recipe-low-carb/
Thank you Denise and thanks for the air fryer link too! That’s an excellent video and the end result looks great!
It’s nice to enjoy the link shape without the casing and you’ve shown me I can do it without the cling wrap method too. Great job and thanks again!
Glad it was of help. Enjoy!!
Thanks for the recipe took for ever to find on Yummly but I have a very simple idea… make them into patties bang! done and you can still do them with peppers and onions. Thanks for sharing
Hi Debi, that is a great idea! I need to make these again…it’s been awhile.
Looks totally doable. Can’t wait to try
Making homemade sausage is doable. I have a lot of different flavors I want to try but it’s so easy.
Now I just have to figure out how to make them look more appetizing! 😉
I saw Bobby Flay make sausage on TV awhile ago and have wanted to try it since. I love that you simplified the process.
Yes I’m not ready for the casings….someday!