Sausage-Chestnut Stuffing

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, this healthy sausage-and-chestnut stuffing recipe is a lightened-up version of the must-have holiday side. If you're an extra-moist-stuffing type, bake it covered for the full 50 minutes; if you like some crispy bits on top, follow the recipe as written: bake covered for about 30 minutes, then uncovered for an additional 20 minutes.

Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
10 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 10 cups cubed whole-wheat bread (1/2- to 1-inch pieces)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 cups chopped onions

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1 cup chopped chestnuts (see Tip)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh sage or 4 teaspoons dried

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2-3 cups low-sodium broth

  • 1 cup crumbled cooked turkey sausage

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Spread bread on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake until dry to the touch, about 30 minutes. Let cool. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees . Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery and chestnuts; cook, stirring often, until just starting to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes more. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add sage and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Scrape the mixture on top of the bread. Melt butter in the pan, scraping up any browned bits, then scrape onto the bread. Add broth to taste, sausage and pepper to the bread mixture and stir to combine. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Spray one side of a piece of foil with cooking spray and cover the stuffing, sprayed-side down.

  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until golden brown, about 20 minutes more.


Make Ahead Tip: Toast the bread and store, uncovered at room temperature, for up to 2 days.

Cooked peeled chestnuts are available in jars in the baking aisle or with seasonal foods at many supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
11g Fat
33g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Vitamin A 227IU 5%
Vitamin C 9mg 9%
Folate 43mcg 11%
Sodium 335mg 15%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 49mg 12%
Potassium 399mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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