Baked Italian sausage is the easiest way to cook Italian sausage and the results are so delicious. Cooking sausages in the oven yields a beautiful crisp outside and a soft and tender inside. These baked sausages are great served on their own or with a side of fagioli all'uccelletto (Tuscan beans with tomatoes), Italian baked cannellini beans , white bean bruschetta or an easy marinara sauce.
Keeping things simple is what we (and most Italians) are all about. There are many ways to cook Italian sausages but our favorite way is cooking them in the oven.
These baked sausages make a great quick meal since it cooks up in about 20 minutes and cleanup is a breeze. We often make this as a side to go along with oven roasted Italian beans but these would be great with so many other sides.
Different types of Italian Sausage
There are three main types of Italian sausage that is available in the grocery stores. Sweet Italian sausage, mild Italian sausage and hot Italian sausage.
If you have tried my pasta con salsiccia, you know I love using mild and hot Italian sausage for my recipes. Mild Italian sausage will have a little heat but nothing that is spicy.
If you have young kids who you are serving this to, sweet and mild Italian sausage are great options for this recipe.
How To Cook Sausages in the Oven
When cooking Italian sausage in the oven, you will want to make sure your oven is pre-heated to 400 degrees. I like to pre-heat my oven for a good 10 minutes if I can to make sure the oven is evenly heated.
Once the oven is pre-heated, cooking the Italian sausages in the oven is a simple as prepping a baking sheet with aluminum foil and adding the Italian sausages to the pan.
You will bake the Italian sausages for about 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of the sausage. Make sure to flip the sausages about half way through the baking.
This ensures that all sides of the sausage get nice and caramelized during cooking.
What to serve with Baked Italian Sausage
As I mentioned above, we love serving these bakes sausages with a side of Italian beans or marinara. These oven cooked sausages also go well with so much more.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Pasta with garlic and oil (from our sister site)
- Angle hair pasta with tomatoes and herbs
- Pancetta Risotto
- Italian Roasted tomatoes
- Italian fried eggplant
- Tomato Ricotta Galette
- Baked Polenta With Meat Sauce
Baked Italian Sausage
- 1 sheet pan
- 5 Italian sausage links
- 1 sheet aluminum foil for pan for easy cleanup
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Add a sheet of aluminum foil to a large sheet pan.
- Place Italian sausage links on to the sheet pan leaving a little room between them.5 Italian sausage links
- Bake for 20-25 minutes making sure to flip them half way through cooking.
- Serve right away.