Spicy Italian Tempeh Sausage Crumbles

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What is Tempeh Sausage

Tempeh is a soy-based, fermented food product that has a meaty texture and can take on a lot of flavor. Tempeh traditionally comes in a rectangular shape. You can easily crumble it up and add the flavors you associate with spicy Italian sausage to make tempeh sausage.

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Is Tempeh Sausage Vegan?

Absolutely, tempeh is vegan – so as long as you keep the spices and sauces you add to flavor it vegan there should be no worries. You can flavor tempeh with any herb or spice your heart desires to make it taste sweet, spicy or herbaceous.

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Spicy Italian Tempeh

When I think of spicy Italian sausage, my memory goes to the meat counter and bright red links. Going plant-based, I realized the meat was just the canvas, it’s the flavors that make the item, so I’ve replaced the meat with tempeh, and added the same spices that conjure spicy grilled sausage; fresh ground fennel seed, crushed red pepper, garlic and Italian herbs.

Tempeh on Pizza

My primary use for this has been as a pizza topping, because spicy sausage and black olives… but you could throw this style tempeh sausage with some pasta for an arrabiata or in a soup. If you are making pizza, you should try my easy thin crust pizza dough recipe.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 19.1g 30%
    • Saturated Fat 3.1g 15%
  • Sodium 302mg 13%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 278mg 8%
  • Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.8g 0%
    • Sugars 0.3g
  • Protein 10.9g 20%
  • Calcium 6%
  • Iron 11%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

*Nutritional values are approximate based on best available data

Spicy Italian Tempeh Sausage Crumbles

5 from 4 votes
Recipe by Ian Quillan Course: DinnerCuisine: Italian, VeganDifficulty: Easy


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These Italian tempeh sausage crumbles are plant based (vegan) and great on pizza or with noodles.


  • 8 ounces 8 tempeh, crumbled

  • 1 tablespoon 1 fennel seed, freshly ground

  • 1 tablespoon 1 italian herb seasoning (oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, marjoram)

  • 1 teaspoon 1 crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon 1 onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 smoked paprika

  • 1/8 teaspoon 1/8 garlic powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon 1/8 fresh cracked black pepper

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 extra virgin olive oil


  • Mix all herbs and spices in small bowl.
  • Crumble tempeh into small chunks in medium bowl.
  • Drizzle olive oil over tempeh, mix until covered.
  • Sprinkle seasoning mixture evenly over tempeh, mix until well covered.
  • Cover tempeh and let marinate at least 15 minutes and up to one hour. You can also refrigerate overnight.
  • In non-stick skillet, add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and heat oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add tempeh and cook until lightly browned and heated through. Remove from heat.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Be sure to cook the tempeh as described, even if you’re adding it on top of pizza and baking.


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