My classic vegetarian stuffing made with veggie sausage is divine! It’s been my go to recipe for years and something my family craves every holiday. We never have enough leftovers! It’s 100% vegetarian and vegan too.
This is my all-time favorite stuffing recipe! My classic vegetarian stuffing is divine and super easy to make. The only issue is a lack of leftovers. Stuffing is my favorite side dish and perfect for your holiday meal. There’s always a debate when it comes to holiday dinners about “meat” and what is best to serve. As a vegetarian, there is nothing better than the veggie sausage in my stuffing! No matter if you love turkey, ham, or some other meat best, you will also love this vegetarian stuffing.
In order to make a great stuffing, all you really need is patience. That’s all cooking and baking truly is; patience and following the directions. I like to use Italian bread for this stuffing because its light and fluffy and absorbs flavors so well, but use whatever your favorite bread is. Make sure you bake your bread in the oven first so it gets brown, then let it cool before you chop it up.
Even before I became a vegetarian, stuffing was my jam! My mom makes a delicious one with traditional sausage in it, so I set out to bring those classic vibes to my vegetarian version. I make my stuffing with the best veggie sausage I’ve ever had, Lightlife Vegetarian Sausage. It’s hard to find and I get it at Sprouts. Because it comes in a log, it’s perfect for this recipe.
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Why is the Lightlife veggie sausage the best? It nails the flavors of a classic breakfast sausage log. Plus, you can form it however you want to. For this stuffing, I roll it into balls and then sauté until it is brown. Its just like my mom always did with her turkey sausage for her stuffing.
I find that you can really put your own stamp on this recipe, especially because its simple to begin with. If you want to add apples to it, go ahead. You can add artichokes or olives or dried cranberries. There are endless possibilities and it’s only going to enhance the stuffing!
Classic Vegetarian Stuffing
- Prep Time: 40 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yields: 8-12 servings
- 4 TBSP olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 loaf Italian Bread
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 log of Lightlife Gimme Lean “Sausage”
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped sage
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped rosemary
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups vegetable broth
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- Pre-heat your oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit. Spray your baking sheet. Bake your bread for 15-20 minutes, until it is golden brown. Once done, set it aside to cool and then cut it up into cubes.
- As the bread bakes, form your veggie sausage into small balls.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Then add your veggie sausage and cook until it’s brown. As it cooks you can break it up a bit. Once it’s done, transfer it to a bowl.
- Using the same skillet, add your onions and the rest of the olive oil. Add up to 1/2 teaspoon of salt and up to a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Cook until your onions are tender and begin to turn golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.
- Return the veggie sausage to the skillet with the onions. Add in the sage and rosemary and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
- Put your chopped up bread into a very large bowl. Add your vegetable broth to the bread until it’s all adsorbed. Just a note, I don’t like to add too much vegetable broth because it can make your stuffing too soggy. So start with 1 1/2 cups, mix it up and then see how your bread reacts. Finally, add the sausage mixture to your bowl.
- Transfer your stuffing to a 9″x13″ rectangular baking dish. If you’re going to bake it right away, then bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes. If not, then put it in the refrigerator and bake the next day.
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