Italian Sausage Quesadillas |

Italian Sausage Quesadillas

Italian Sausage Quesadillas are loaded with hot Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and more. 30 minutes from start to finish!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 main-dish servings
Calories 473kcal
Author Alyssa


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or more to taste)
  • 4 hot Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 4 8" flour tortillas
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped (about 1/4 cup chopped)
  • 1/2 cup sliced roasted red peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Marinara sauce, for serving


  • Set a skillet on stove top over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and let heat. Meanwhile, dice half an onion. After 2-3 minutes, lower heat to medium and add garlic. Brown for approx. 20 seconds, then add diced onion and stir. Cover and let saute for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Slice each sausage lengthwise and remove the casing from each. Add to pan with the onions. Using tongs or a wooden utensil, break up sausage into small crumbles. Turn up heat to medium-high. 
  • Occasionally stir sausage and onions to ensure the pieces on the bottom of the skillet do not burn. Return heat to medium after a few minutes. Cook until sausage is fully cooked and brown throughout (no pink remains). The total cooking process for me took about 7-8 minutes. Once done, remove sausage/onion/garlic mixture from pan and drain off the grease.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Take two tortillas, and on each, sprinkle 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp mozzarella cheese, half of the sausage/onion/garlic mixture, 1/4 cup roasted red pepper slices, 2 tbsp chopped basil leaves, and another 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp mozzarella cheese. Top each with another tortilla.
  • Place quesadilla in the skillet and cook for 2 or so minutes, or until the bottom tortilla has browned. Spray top tortilla with cooking spray and flip. Cook for about 2 or more minutes, until the other tortilla has browned. Repeat with the second quesadilla if you are not using two skillets. Slice each into four pieces using a knife or pizza cutter. Serve with heated marinara sauce.


Nutritional info will vary depending on the type of sausage, tortillas, mozzarella, etc. you use.


Serving: 2quarters | Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.8g | Protein: 25.3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 1391mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 2.6g | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 2.5mg