Super Easy Crock Pot Stuffing

Can we talk about this Super Easy Crock Pot Stuffing? Or do you call it Crock Pot Dressing?

Crock Pot Stuffing is a delicious and easy recipe that's perfect for Thanksgiving!

Either way, it’s a staple at any Thanksgiving meal. There are so many options out there, but it’s basically just crusty bread that is smothered in tasty seasonings then baked to perfection.

But wait – if your oven is pre-occupied with a large turkey, when will that stuffing make it’s way in there?

How to cook Crock Pot Stuffing:

I love this Crock Pot Sausage Stuffing recipe because it not only tastes amazing, but it frees up your oven and gives you the ability to spend your attention on more important matters – friends and family.

This Crockpot Stuffing has all the classics in there – celery, onion, mushrooms… but I added some sage sausage to give it just a little bit more of a smokey spice.

It all starts with the bread.

Crockpot Stuffing starts with crusty French bread. This recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving side dishes!

I used about 1 1/2 large french breads from the bakery section. I cut them into small cubes. It’s best if the bread is dried out. So leave the bread cubes out overnight, or toss them in the oven at a really low temperature (225* should work) for about an hour or so to dry them out.

Types of Bread to Use for Classic Stuffing Recipe:

  • I love to use French Bread because it’s affordable and easy to find.
  • Sour dough is a great alternative.
  • In a pinch you can use sandwich bread, but make sure it’s plenty dried out.
  • To make it even easier, you can use the pre-dried stuffing bread found during the holidays at most grocery stores.

Sausage Dressing made in the slow cooker!

Brown some sausage (do NOT use maple sausage). I find that just a regular ground sausage or a sage flavored ground sausage works best.

Sausage dressing is filled with diced vegetables then cooked in the crockpot.

Sauté all the onion, celery and mushrooms in a large skillet.

Combine everything in a large bowl, then pour in the liquids and seasonings. Stir it all up and place it in your lightly greased crock pot.

Crock Pot Sausage Stuffing

Set it to Low and get to work on things like Homemade Rolls, or whip up a Pumpkin Mage Cake (it’s all the rage these days).

Sausage Stuffing Recipe made in the Slow Cooker

This Crock Pot Sausage Stuffing is always a favorite for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I love that it saves room in the oven for the turkey!

This stuffing is so easy to make and more importantly – super flavorful!

Even my husband, who is not a fan of stuffing, said this was the best stuffing he had ever tasted!

That’s a win in my book!

This Crock Pot Stuffing is always a favorite for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I love that it saves room in the oven for the turkey!

So if you’re looking to save room in the oven and still serve one mean side of stuffing this year, then give this super easy Crock Pot Sausage Stuffing recipe a try!


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Crock Pot Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Save room in your oven with this super easy and family favorite Slow Cooker Sausage Stuffing Recipe!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 340 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 12 oz ground sausage
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1 1/2 cups diced celery
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 12 cups cubed french bread, dried out and crusty
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 tsp salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 to 2 cups chicken broth or stock, depending on how moist you like your stuffing
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten


  • Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • Return the skillet to the stove top, melt the butter over medium-high heat and add the onion, celery and mushrooms. Sauté until the veggies are softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Place the crusty bread in a very large bowl and add the sausage, sautéed veggies, the seasonings, 1 cup of chicken broth, and the lightly beaten eggs. Stir to combine. If needed, add a little more chicken broth to moisten the stuffing to your liking. Keep in mind that the moisture will not reduce much in the crock pot since there will be a lid on it.
  • Pour your stuffing mixture into a lightly greased (7 quart) crock pot. Cover and set to Low for 4 hours. When done, stir gently and serve. Enjoy!


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 829mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 362IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: bread, Crock Pot, sausage, Slow Cooker, Stuffing
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
35 Responses
  1. Janet Ferguson

    Hi Shawn,
    I’ve been making this stuffing, minus the mushrooms, for decades. It’s Mom’s recipe, and it’s beloved by all who eat it. Now my daughter’s family has been hosting Thanksgiving. I bring the brined turkey and stuffing. This year I’m going to cook it in the crock pot, and bring it. I made the stuffing using raw sausage and veggies. I will put stuffing in the refrigerator overnight, then turn on the crock pot in the morning. Dinner is at 4:30. Any suggestions?

    1. Shawn

      Since the stuffing mixture will be chilled, you will probably want to let it cook for at least 4 1/2 to 5 hours. If you’re heating in the morning and transporting the stuffing, just keep it on warm and in the slow cooker and it should do fine.


    I was a girl, but clumsy things. I do not know how to cook, sew, above, ca. I have too insipid and tedious, but that’s my personality. It’s hard to change

  3. Joel

    Would substituting the french bread with Cubbison’s seasoned stuffing mix work with this recipe? If yes, how many ounces of stuffing mix to equate to 12 oz of french bread?

    Thank you

  4. John Daley

    I use sweet Italian Sausage and also add garlic and freshly grated Parmesan Cheese. People rave about it. And it keeps the vampires away.

  5. Archie1954

    This recipe sounds great. I, however have been making bread stuffing the same way for 53 years and have never changed because it works. I use the same recipe without the sausage and the mushrooms but stoff it into a cheesecloth bag and push the whole bag into the turkey cavity. Once the bird is done the bag is pulled out and the dressing (stuufing) is flavourfuly with turkey drippings but the cavity is clean. One pan only!

    1. Dj Sires

      What a great idea about stuffing the cavity that way! No stuffing floating around when you boil down the carcass!!! Who knew???

  6. Scott

    Hi Shawn, thanks so much for the recipe! I am going to make it for Thanksgiving this Thursday. One thing I don’t quite understand, though, is what you mean by ‘ground sausage’? Do you mean breakfast sausage (like Jimmy Dean) or Italian sausage (like Johnsonville)? I want to make it exactly like you did. Thank you!

      1. Scott

        Excellent. Thanks for the quick reply! I wasn’t sure if Jimmy Dean is specifically ‘breakfast’ sausage (and if that is what is actually desired for this recipe) or if I needed the fennel/anise flavor usually found in Italian sausage. Thanks again!

      2. Scott

        Hi Shawn, just a quick follow up. This was and is the best stuffing I have ever tasted! Everyone loved it, except my mother-in-law who was annoyed that I challenged her ridiculously dry cornbread stuffing that she makes every holiday. 🙂 I did add three cups of broth (I like my stuffing to be moist), but other than that I followed your recipe exactly. Delicious! And the Jimmy Dean regular sausage worked out perfectly. Thanks again! Scott

        Ps. Feel free to delete my replies if they are taking up too much space on your page. I just wanted you to know that it turned out great!

  7. Sandy

    What about browsing the sausage and sautéing the veggies the night before, then mixing in the morning and placing in the crock pot? Want to take to a pot luck at work and not have to wake up at 4 am!!!

    1. Shawn

      If you wanted to bake in the oven, you’ll want to bake it until the stuffing is set. I’m not sure how long it would take though.

    1. Shawn

      Hi Kathy, The eggs act as a binder for the stuffing. If you omitted them it would not bake together, but just be soggy bread. :/

  8. Lois

    I am thrilled to get this recipe, sausage stuffing is the only kind I ever make on thanksgving. I compared it to how I make it and I see some ingredients I do not use that I know will make it even better, I also like the idea of the crockpot.

  9. Tehani

    I made crockpot stuffing last year and can’t find the recipe I used. I found your recipe and seems close to what I made. I am trying this today and hope it turns out well! My family loved the one I made last year. So easy and gives me more room in the oven! I will be using regular sausage and seasoned bread crumbs and minus the mushrooms…I am the only one who likes them! A hint that I have seen online….cover the crockpot with a dish towel and then put the lid on. Keeps the stuffing from getting soggy! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  10. Lo

    Hello! I am really looking forward to making this for Thanksgiving this year (and relieving my mother of ALL the meal items)! However, “dinner” will be served between 2-3pm and I have a Turkey Trot race and will not be back to my home until 11:30am (not 4 hours to cook on low). Should I just turn the crock pot on high, or partially cook on low the day before and finish on low for 2 more hours day of, or fully cook and warm on Tday?? HELP!

  11. Holley Grainger

    Thanks for sharing such a great recipe and beautiful photo! I loved featuring it in my Slow Cooker Sides roundup ( This is definitely a recipe I will be trying soon!

  12. Monica

    My whole family loved this stuffing!! It was so simple and so delicious! I will definitely be making this again. Loved that you just put it in the crockpot and forget about it. Thank you so much!!

  13. Jennifer

    THIS was wonderful! If you are concerned about making a change to your holiday stuffing, DON’T BE!! Your family will LOVE this! I used premade Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix (one cornbread and one seasoned), 1 large breakfast sausage and 1 large sage breakfast sausage. It was amazing and I had the oven space i needed for the rest of the meal! THANK YOU! I will never make stuffing in the oven again!

  14. Mallory @ Total Noms

    I love this! anything to make T-day prep a little easier. I might try broiling the cooked stuffing to get a little crisp on it, too. I love all of the flavors here!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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