I love to eat Italian sausages. It is delicious and also easy to make. You can just cook them with your oven. One common question I get is this. How long to cook Italian sausage in oven at 400 degrees? In this post, I like to answer this question and share some tips on the recipe for homemade Italian sausage in the oven.
The answer is that the cooking time of Italian sausage differs widely, all the way from 10 to 35 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven. To dive into more details, there are different variables that contribute to the cooking time of Italian sausage when it is being baked in the oven. A lot of store-bought sausages are pre-cooked, in that case, baking these pre-cooked Italian sausages in the oven would only take 10 minutes at 400 degrees F. On the other hand, if I buy fresh sausage, then it must be thoroughly cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees and that takes around 30 to 35 minutes. Cooking the sausage chopped in pieces versus whole also has varying cooking times. Chopped sausages will cook faster taking around 10 to 15 minutes. As you can see, cutting the sausage and buying precooked are two options that I used sometimes to speed up the process.
When I use the oven at 400 degrees F, I can cook my sausage evenly, no matter the state that it is in, so I prefer this temperature. Italian sausage can be cooked at 375 degrees in the oven as well. But I find that it takes too long and I have to keep checking the internal temperature with a thermometer to see if it is cooked thoroughly inside. Baking at 425 degrees is an option as well. But I find that it is very easy to burn sausage at this temperature, especially if it is precooked. So I avoid this temperature too.
There are many recipes for baking Italian sausages in the oven. But I love to use this one easy Italian sausage recipe. And here’s how to cook Italian sausage in the oven.
When baking Italian sausage, I start off by preheating my oven. This ensures that my oven is at the right temperature, 400 degrees in this case, and can evenly cook my Italian sausages by the time all of the preparations are done.
Sausage usually has its own unique spices added to it. I do not like to put too many seasonings on it because, in my opinion, that destroys the taste and buries the original flavor. Therefore, when cooking Italian sausages, I take a 9×13 baking dish and rub a little olive oil on it to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom. If I want more of a tangy flavor, I put a little bit of vinegar. For this dish, I prefer balsamic or red wine vinegar. After that, I add different vegetables to it. This includes peppers (red, green, and yellow), onions, spinach, mushrooms, and some basil leaves. These items can be fresh or frozen, either way, the taste is not disturbed at all. I then put a 15-ounce can of tomato sauce on top of everything. That’s it!
All that’s left for me to do is slip the baking dish in the oven, set the timer, and wait. When I want crispy Italian sausage, I leave the dish uncovered. But if I want a softer texture, I cover the baking pan with some aluminum foil.
A good tip to know is that this dish can easily be prepared the night before and refrigerated. The next day, I just preheat the oven and bake the meal. What I love about Italian sausage is its versatility. It fits with many meals and stores easily. I can make this dish and freeze it for days when I don’t feel like cooking, but also don’t want to eat unhealthy fast food. If desired, the sausage can be kept in the freezer for two months. When reheated, it tastes exactly the same. There are not many dishes that can do that.
I enjoy eating my Italian sausage in several different ways. Sometimes, I like to toast a piece of Italian bread and eat it in a sandwich. A more traditional approach that I take, often, is to make a huge serving of pasta and mix the sausage in with it. I add some pasta sauce to it as well and relish in my little piece of heaven! Of course, there are more ways that Italian sausage can be incorporated into a meal. It can be a good addition in lasagna with stuffed shells. Dropping some sausage right on top of a pizza before putting it to bake is an easy way to improve a meal too. Italian sausage, when baked in an oven, is truly a desirable treat that is loved by all who eat it.
The internal temperature of Italian sausage is to reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit for it to be fully cooked. However, if you are buying pre-cooked Italian sausages, then there’s no need to ensure that its internal temp reach 160 degrees since they have already been cooked once.