Sausage Tomato (Pasta) Sauce

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 25m
Ready In

"Any tomato sauce tastes better if you cook it a day or more ahead, I suggest doing so with this recipe. You can adjust the heat by choosing mild, medium-hot, or hot sausages, and adding hot pepper flakes to taste. Serve with a robust pasta "

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (367.8 g)
  • Calories 834.6
  • Total Fat - 63.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 19.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 208.4 mg
  • Sodium - 3161.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 6.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.5 g
  • Sugars - 2.4 g
  • Protein - 55.4 g
  • Calcium - 47 mg
  • Iron - 3.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 20.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.9 mg

Step 1

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sausge meat to pan. Cook for about 10 minutes, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon so that it browns evenly. Remove browned meat with a slotted spoon. Set aside. Reserve about 2 tablespoon fat in the skillet.

Step 2

Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and peppers to the pan and sauté until onion is lightly browned and peppers are soft, 8–10 minutes. Stir in garlic and tomato paste, as well as fennel seeds and hot pepper flakes, if using, and cook for 1 minute.

Step 3

Return sausage meat to skillet. Season lightly with salt and pepper; stir in tomatoes and juice. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover, and simmer for about 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Taste and adjust seasoning. Stir in fresh parsley before serving.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Got this simmering on the stove, the flavor is really great but I'm sure even better tomorrow I'm leaving it in the fridge overnight as you stated, I left out the fennel I never use that spice, thanks for your wonderful recipe.

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(3 Oct 2012)