Learn how to make this easy stuffing recipe and never buy the boxed stuff again. Homemade stuffing is much better and actually very simple.

Close up image of stuffing in baking dish

Easy stuffing recipe

Stuffing goes hand in hand with turkey and it’s so easy to make from scratch. If you have been making the boxed stuffing, make this instead and taste the difference.

The flavor is richer and we all agree it is so delicious. In fact, it will probably be one of easiest dish you will make this holiday season.

Don’t be intimated by making this recipe from scratch. It is quick and easy. Promise!

My family loves mashed potatoes, but when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner we have to serve stuffing. Thanksgiving and Stuffing just go together.

How to make stuffing easily:

The entire process is easy. Prep the bread by baking it in the oven so it is slightly toasted. Next comes a delicious butter mixture with herbs and seasoning. Everything gets tossed together and coated with chicken broth.

You will be amazed at how much flavor this stuffing has. This yummy mixture is baked to perfection. It really is that simple. Stuffing recipe is the perfect side dish to complete your holiday dinner.

The celery, onion and butter is mixed together with dried bread to make the perfect stuffing recipe.

ingredients for stuffing: onion, butter, seasoning, bread

Ingredients:

  • White Bread
  • Onion
  • Celery – diced
  • Butter
  • minced garlic
  • Dried Thyme Leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • Fresh Parsley – chopped
  • Chicken Broth

How to Make Turkey Stuffing

  • First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating up, start slicing the bread into small pieces.
  • I normally do about 1 inch pieces. Once the bread is all cut, spread it on a large baking sheet. Let this bake for 20 to 25 minutes so the bread cubes can dry out.
Close up image of pieces of bread on baking sheet
  • Make sure to stir occasionally while the bread is cooking.
  • Second, melt the butter in a large pan. Once melted, add the onion and celery.
  • Allow the veggies to cook until they are tender. This usually takes about 10 to12 minutes.
  • Once the veggies are cooked, stir in the dried herbs – minced garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and ¼ cup of fresh parsley. Stir until well combined and heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
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  • Finally, put the bread in a large bowl and add the onion mixture. Stir this all together and pour the broth over the mixture.
  • It is best to gradually add the broth and stir as you go. The goal is to have the bread mixture moist and not overly soggy so you may not need to use all of the broth.
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  • You will need a 9X13 baking pan and make sure to spray with a non-stick cooking spray. Add the stuffing mixture and bake covered with foil for 30 minutes.
Close up image of stuffing in baking dish ready to go in the oven
  • During the last 15 to 20 minutes, uncover the dish so the top can brown slightly. You might have to add about 5 minutes longer if you want your bread a little crispy.

Enjoy! This traditional stuffing recipe is so delicious and will make Thanksgiving dinner extra special. You will find that this recipe will come out perfectly and your stuffing will not be soggy.

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Tips and Tricks:

  • I used thyme in this recipe but you can also use rosemary or sage as well.
  • Substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
  • Vegetables- Celery is great but you can also try adding water chestnuts and carrots as well. Water chestnuts are my favorite and I love the crunch it adds.
  • Fruit- Cranberries and apples are really good in this recipe. We have even used raisins.
  • Bread- Try using French bread, Italian bread, leftover rolls, loaf bread or anything you have.
  • Add in some poultry seasoning for extra flavor.
  • Feel free to use fresh herbs. We like using fresh herbs when we have them available.

Stuffing Casserole:

We like making our stuffing in a casserole dish instead of stuffing into the turkey. Cooking the turkey and stuffing separately makes sure that both cook fully.

Stuffing can be made ahead of time. There are so many things that you have to cook on Thanksgiving day, that I really do like making my stuffing ahead of time. I then place in the refrigerator until I am ready to bake.

Not only can you bake the stuffing but you can make stuffing in muffin tin, in the crock pot and even the instant pot.

Close up image of stuffing in baking dish with a serving on a wooden spoon.

Variations for Stuffing Recipe:

We love recipes that you can change or add ingredients to make them your own.

  • Add in some cheddar and jalapeño’s for Jalapeño Cheddar Stuffing
  • Add in some smoked sausage for a complete meal.
  • We love adding in bacon to the original stuffing recipe.
  • My husband loves when we add in mushrooms.

Can you make stuffing with fresh bread?

Yes, you can use pretty much any type of bread to make stuffing. However, while fresh bread can be used, I love to use stale bread because it’s a great use of ingredients.

If you need to dry your bread quickly, you can put it in the oven for about 300 degrees for about 10 minutes. Watch your bread so that it doesn’t burn or toast it.

Instead of throwing away the bread, turn it into stuffing.

Close up image of stuffing in baking dish

How To Freeze Stuffing

It is very easy to make this ahead. Prepare the casserole as directed, cover in foil and freeze. We recommend freezing in containers for the amount you would want to reheat. You can freeze up to 6 months.

Let the casserole dish sit at room temperature and then bake as directed. You might need to add a little broth on it to keep from drying out before baking.

What is the difference between stuffing and dressing?

Many people use the words interchangeably. However, technically stuffing refers to a mixture that goes inside something such as turkey.

Whereas dressing is cooked in a baking dish or pan and not inside a turkey.

Print this easy stuffing recipe below:

Homemade Stuffing

4.6 from 5 votes
Learn how to make this easy stuffing recipe and never buy the boxed stuff again. Homemade stuffing is much better and actually very simple.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 165
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of Bread
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 4 stalks of Celery diced
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme Leaves
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth (may need up to 3 cups)

Instructions

  • First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating up, start slicing the bread into small pieces.
  • I normally do about 1 inch pieces. Once the bread is all cut, spread it on a large baking sheet. Let this bake for 20 to 25 minutes so the bread can dry out.
  • Make sure to stir occasionally while the bread is cooking.
  • Second, melt the butter in a large pan. Once melted, add the onion and celery.
  • Allow the veggies to cook until they are tender. This usually takes about 10 to12 minutes.
  • Once the veggies are cooked, stir in the minced garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and fresh parsley. Stir until well combined and heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Finally, put the bread in a large mixing bowl and add the onion mixture. Stir this all together and pour the broth over the mixture.
  • It is best to gradually add the broth and stir as you go. The goal is to have the bread moist and not overly soggy so you may not need to use all of the broth.
  • You will need a 9X13 baking pan and make sure to spray with a non-stick cooking spray. Add the stuffing mixture and bake covered with foil for 30 minutes.
  • During the last 15 minutes, uncover the dish so the top can brown slightly.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 165kcal, Carbohydrates 18g, Protein 4g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 482mg, Potassium 122mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 354IU, Vitamin C 6mg, Calcium 57mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Have you ever run across a recipe for stuffing that used homemade biscuits and homemade cornbread? I got a recipe like that from a coworker when I was trying to teach my youngest son to cook. We picked our menu for Christmas Dinner in January and began looking at recipes. We tried the ones that looked the best to us. For the dressing we tried six different cornbread recipes and 5 different biscuit recipes. We did that for the whole mean. I lost the recipe to a flooded basement and have been unable to find anything like it.