Spinach And Sausage Rolls

Spinach and Sausage Rolls are a delicious taste treat. Who can resist a hot little sandwich that is a mixture of garlicky spinach, savory Italian sausage and cheese.  Whether serving these rolls to a group of friends who have come over to watch football games on the weekend or enjoying them as a light evening meal, the flavorful rolls will quickly disappear from your serving platter.

Spinach Bread
Spinach Bread

This recipe has evolved over the years. When I started making this recipe, I used pizza dough that was rolled with the filling, baked, then sliced and served as an appetizer. When life is busy, I find the spinach and sausage rolls easier to prepare, serve and eat. A simple finger food recipe is always a good thing to have when you have limited time in a day for cooking.

Spinach And Sausage Rolls

Preheat oven 375 degrees

  • 1 10 oz. box of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 2 – 3  Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb. Italian sausage (I use hot), crumbled, browned and drained well
  • 1/2 c. grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c. grated Mozzarella or Provolone cheese
  • 1/4 c. pitted and chopped oil cured black olives (optional)
  • 1 pkg. par baked Bouchon rolls or any par baked crusty roll of your choice (I used Cuisine de France)

Heat olive oil in a sauté pan and add the garlic and cook until just starting to turn golden. Add the spinach, salt and pepper and cook until the spinach is cooked and all the water has evaporated. Remove from the heat and place the spinach into a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked sausage, all the cheese, and the olives, if using. Mix well and taste. Adjust the seasonings, if necessary.

Slice the rolls from the top to the bottom but not all the way through. Carefully hollow out part of the inside of the roll then divide the spinach and sausage mixture between the rolls. Place on a baking sheet and bake according to package directions until golden brown.


Whether enjoyed as a snack during the day, a light meal or served as finger food during a gathering of friends, this easy to prepare dish has long been a favorite in our home. I believe that once you have tried these hot and savory little snacks, that spinach and sausage rolls will become a favorite in your home as well.

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192 thoughts on “Spinach And Sausage Rolls

  1. Love, love how easy yet elegant this is. With a bowl of soup, the perfect meal for this frigid weather. Will have to make half with olives and half without as my kids dislike olives and I love them,

  2. This looks like the perfect dinner option for when Tom’s at work and I really want to spend all night making Christmas cookies. You always have amazing looking food, but this is the first one I might not even wait to make… Sausage rolls for everyone!!!

    1. Thank you Emilie, for your nice compliment. I do think you will enjoy the rolls. I’m buying all my ingredients to start making Christmas cookies tomorrow…I’ll think of you while I’m baking. 🙂

    1. Hi Louise, I haven’t had one of the rolls at breakfast time but I do think that they would be good. Thank you for your nice compliment and have a great day. 🙂

  3. These would be a big hit at our house for both the guys and gals. I’m even thinking that with a salad or a bowl of soup these would work for a very casual dinner.

    1. Hi Lulu, Everyone seems to love the rolls…they are so flavorful. We had them recently for our evening meal after a big lunch and really enjoyed them.

  4. Wow, Karen. I had never heard of this sausage roll recipe before. I can think of many occasions where I would want to make them, starting with our New Years group get together. Thanks for the recipe. They look beautiful too.

    1. Thank you for your compliment, Penny…I’m glad you like the recipe. These would be perfect for your New Years get together as they are easy to make and everyone loves them. 🙂

  5. We’re having people over to watch the boat parade soon and these will be perfect to serve. Everyone stands down on the deck over the water and yells at the boats as they pass by with all their light decorations. Everyone has a bit too much to drink (on the boats and off) and it’s great fun but mostly it’s about the food. Thanks for these!

    1. Hi Maureen, Your mention of the boat parade reminds me of our years living in Florida. The Christmas boat parades were always a fun event to attend. I think the spinach and sausage rolls would be terrific for just such an occasion.

  6. What’s not to like about this easy recipe for real comfort food. And with an added boost of health from the spinach, or as one reader suggested, kale. I have never eaten one of these either, but it is on my radar now!

    1. Hi Victoria, I think you will enjoy the little rolls. They are easy, delicious and yes…there is the spinach. It is nice when you can have a tasty treat like this with a good amount of vegetables in it. 🙂 BTW, I’m happy to see that you got the notification that I posted…perhaps the problem is solved.

  7. This sounds like a delicious recipe to have on hand for casual meals while weekend football viewing–or anytime. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Hi Bonnie, These are perfect to have on the weekend during football games. They are always a crowd pleaser. I’m glad you like the recipe, thank you.

  8. Not being a football fan, I will eat these while watching the annual broadcast of the Nutcracker! They look amazing, Karen, and you know from my recent post that I love small sandwiches like this to make a meal!

    1. Thank you for your compliment, David. These are delicious and yes, I do know how you enjoy small sandwiches. I can see these being enjoyed with a nice glass of wine.

  9. These look great Karen. Great idea for football Sunday. I find myself so caught up watching the games that come dinner time, I feel so lazy to get up and make something. I think this sandwich idea may be my answer!

    1. Hi Nanzeen, These little sandwiches are so quick and easy, they are perfect for tasty treat during or after the games. I think you will enjoy them.

    1. Thank you Judy, for your nice compliment. I agree with you about the combination…it is a real winner. I have had that little basket for so long, I’m glad you like it. 🙂

  10. You how sometimes you read the first few ingredients in a recipe….. and instantly know it’s delicious? Well – that’s exactly the way I felt when I started reading your recipe. My brain went OH YEAH !!! What a great recipe Karen !!

  11. Hi Karen
    This sounds great–I have a question though—since I can’t tell about the “consistency” of the mixture–I think this would go well in patty shells (I found a great recipe on King Arthur) and was wondering if you think that might work? Or maybe the mixture is too dry for that? I’m on a Puff Pastry kick right now and am looking to go beyond the usual creamed chicken in patty shells.

    Are you all hunkered in for the winter? Sounds like you’re having some fun in the kitchen at any rate. Have a wonderful week, and thanks for any help on thisi you can give…….

    1. Hi Sue, I’m happy to know that you like the recipe. I think it would work fine in a puff pastry shell. The mixture isn’t too dry…just taste it after all your ingredients are mixed together. If you think it is, just add a tiny bit more olive oil. Boy, it really feels like winter here, we had a slight dusting of snow yesterday, wind gusts of 40 mph and it was in the twenties. Stay warm and enjoy your week as well.

    1. Hi Kelli, It is funny how some of our recipes evolve over a period of time. Preparing it in the rolls makes them easy to serve and easy to eat. I hope your party guests will enjoy them as much as we do.

    1. Hi Dahlia, I’m happy to know that you like the recipe. They are always well received when I serve them. I hope you and your guests will enjoy them.

  12. This looks fabulous Karen! What a lovely idea for a quick dinner/lunch or appetizers for the holiday table. Delicious! I’m always looking for another way to use spinach. 🙂

    1. I appreciate your nice compliment, Karista. The spinach and sausage rolls work so well for a light meal or finger food when entertaining…I’m glad you like the recipe.

    1. Hi Lynda, The flavors of the garlicky spinach mixed with the sausage and cheese if terrific. I do think this recipe would work well using puff pastry.

    1. Thank you Boleyn, I’m glad you like the recipe. I buy the rolls in the bakery section of my local grocery store. Perhaps they might be marketed in your area as “heat and eat”.

  13. What fun, Karen! When I read ‘sausage rolls’, I thought you meant the puff pastry filled with sausage mince. What a pleasant surprise I had reading the recipe.

  14. This is really fun food everyone obviously can see themselves serving! And the spectrum reaches from football games to ballet 🙂 ! In my Northern European way I’ll happily have such for breakfast as someone mentioned. Love the use of olives and the ease of possibility to change the recipe in all kinds of different ways! Thank you for the idea 😀 !!

    1. Hi Eha, Don’t you just love my readers…I do! This is definitely a recipe that can be changed so easily. The nicest thing about the recipe is that it is so easy to prepare which makes it prefect for entertaining. And yes, from a football game to the Nutcracker ballet. 🙂

      1. . . . and oddballs like me loving what you do and even having it for ‘breakfast’ . . .Oh, methinks your readers absolutely and positively love you . ’cause, Milady, you do make sense and have fun. . . ?

    1. Hi Raymund, It seems that my spinach and sausage rolls are very different from what a lot of people are used to. With the spinach in this recipe, it is a healthier twist. 🙂

  15. Isn’t that odd. I’m sure you’ll understand when I mention the British version of sausage rolls, and how horrid they are! I’ve made sausage meat in the past and won’t eat them. Do like the idea of them, though. These, on the other hand, are far safer! And I would happily tuck into these.

    1. Hi Johnny, I’m happy that you like my recipe…it is totally different from the British version that you mentioned and I think you would really enjoy it. Spinach is the star here with a supporting cast of flavorful Italian sausage and cheese all stuffed into a crispy roll. I’ve done some investigating about the British version that has made its way to other countries and it seems it is just sausage wrapped in a pastry.

  16. Welcome back Karen. These rolls look and sound incredibly good and like you mentioned perfect for a get-together. Great timing too for the upcoming holiday parties. And what’s nice about them is that they are not pretentious, simple ingredients but quality, guaranteeing a fast favourite. I might even steal this great idea to make miniature one-bite versions for the holidays. Great recipe.

    1. Thank you Eva, It is nice to be home…we had a great trip. I love simple finger food when having a group of friends over. I hope you and your will enjoy the recipe. Bit size versions work very well. 🙂

  17. I’m sure these are delicious! They remind me of the kind of special sandwich I’d like to serve on New Year’s Day while the guys are watching the Rose Bowl Game. I will definitely keep this close. And the way you’ve presented them is simple, but really appealing. Happy Thanksgiving, Karen. 🙂

    1. Hi Charlie, If my husband and I don’t feel like a big meal, I’ll sometimes make these for an evening snack. The Italian sausage gives them a delicious flavor. 🙂

  18. Karen, thanks for this quick and easy recipe. I do some recipe development for an “all natural” sausage company and I think this would be a great use of their product. I will try these right away.

  19. Oh my, this sounds just like a recipe from the Creme de Colorado cook book that I love. It was made with bread dough rolled out. What an easy and delicious way to make these.

    1. Hi Susan, My original recipe came from an Italian friend of mine that served it as a bread. Over the years, I have changed the recipe to an easier recipe to serve at parties and when my husband and I want a substantial snack in the evening after we have had a big lunch. I’m happy that you like this recipe…thank you.

      1. Thank you Frank for your Thanksgiving wish and the lovely music…it is perfect for this day of thanks. I hope your day has been as delightful as the song. 🙂

  20. Welcome home! What a great lunch! It took me many, many years to like sausage rolls, but now I love them. I wouldn’t definitely add the olives. 🙂 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you MJ, We had a fantastic trip and now it is nice to be back home for the holidays. I think you would enjoy these rolls with the added spinach and olives. I hope you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.

    1. Hi Rachel, I can appreciate your thinking…you want to eat more than one. The good news is you get to eat your vegetables along with the deliciousness. 🙂

    1. Hi Marcie, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment…I’m happy to know that you like the recipe. I think they are definitely as good as they look.

  21. Oh wow, Karen? That is such a beautiful arrangement of the sandwiches. Spinach and sausuage. . . I don’t know how many I would eat. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, Karen.

    1. Thank you Ray, for your nice wish and compliment. It seems that this is a sandwich that it very popular with the men…they tend to think like you, one is never enough. 🙂 I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving as well.

    1. Thank you Carol, I’m glad that you like the recipe. It is a terrific snack to serve on game day or at a party. It is easy to prepare and everyone loves these little rolls.

  22. Classic pairing of combo & flavours. I love anything garlicky with spinach. I’m sure the sausage meat takes it to a whole new tasty level too. How fantastic that this simple recipe can be whipped up in no time. Definitely a game changer 😉

  23. I love the simplicity of this recipe Karen, these sandwiches sure look great and so tasty…nothing like simple…I definitely will add olives to mine.
    Have a very Happy Thanksgiving 😀

    1. Thank you for your compliment and wish, Juliana. I’m happy that you like the recipe. It is simple to prepare but has so much flavor…especially when you add the olives. I hope you have had a nice Thanksgiving as well.

    1. Thank you Adri, for your nice compliment. I agree with you about how spinach and sausage go so well together…I’m glad you liked the recipe. I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving day as well.

  24. These rolls sound delicious and love that they are so easy and quick to prepare. They would make great finger foods and snacks for a guests and I love the flavor combinations in here. Thanks for sharing Karen and hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment, Kelly…I’m happy to know that you like the recipe. It is an easy recipe to make and is perfect for casual entertaining. Everyone that has tried the little rolls just loves them. I hope you have a great week as well.

  25. These look so, so delicious Karen! Love the idea of the crisp, fresh baked rolls with that oozing delicious filling! Thanks for the idea, definitely will try it very soon! xx

    1. Thank you Laura, I’m happy to know that you like the recipe. You are right about the combination of a crispy roll with the delicious filling. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. 🙂

  26. Wow, I love the idea of using pizza dough to roll these up and I could even make some w/o the sausage for the vegetarians, or use a veggie sausage (which would be a shame since the sausage here in Germany is soo delicious!). I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving day with your family Karen.

    1. Hi Laura, The spinach and sausage filling works very well in the rolled pizza dough. I have adapted it to the rolls over the years for ease of serving. Either way, it is delicious. We did have a lovely Thanksgiving meal at a friend’s home. I hope you will enjoy your celebration when you have it.

    1. Hi Carolyn, I do think you and your husband would indeed enjoy these little warm rolls…they make a terrific snack. Thank you, I hope you will have a wonderful holiday season as well.

    1. Hi Liz, These little sandwiches do have a lot going for them in the flavor department. We did have a lovely Thanksgiving, I hope you did as well.

  27. Good Morning Karen, What delicious sausage rolls. I had posted English sausage rolls on Wednesday, and when I saw that you had I was intrigued to see how you made yours and what a lovely surprise I received…… totally unexpected to see bread rolls used. The filling you have chosen is perfect…. I love the combination of cheeses, olives and sausage. I look forward to making these little lovelies as I know they will be a hit with my family.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Best Wishes

    1. Hi Daphne, Thank you for your visit and comment. I have been hearing about English sausage rolls. I’m glad my version sounds appealing to you…I hope you will enjoy them.

    1. Hi Yi, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. These warm little sandwiches have a delicious filling…I’m glad you like them.

  28. Karen, delicious rolls filled with wonderful ingredients – love spinach and Italian sausage and Parmesan and all the rest of the ingredients. Perfect easy go-to recipe to have on file for all those days when preparing dinner seems like such a task!

  29. What a lovely looking sausage… not sure I’d have the willpower waiting for it to be baked though, lol! :D. I’m terrible at that. If I’m making toast I’ll put two in the toaster, and eat a piece of “cold” bread in the meantime while it’s doing. Terrible, terrible… can’t wait for anything :p

    1. Hi Charles, You gave me a real chuckle. I can’t tell you how many “tastes” I make to make sure the mixture is perfect before I make these little rolls. Actually, I could just eat a bowl of the spinach and sausage mixture on a plate…it is so good. 🙂

  30. I cannot believe I have almost missed such beauties! The idea reminds me a bit of my open toasts (melted cheese + whatever I find in the fridge) but your cute rolls look so much more impressive!

      1. That is so kind of you Didi, I really appreciate your sharing the spinach and sausage rolls on your Facebook page. Thank you!

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