Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage is a delicious, quick and easy meal to make, with tomatoes, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and Italian spices.
When I make spaghetti sauce, I typically cook the sauce for several hours. However, sometimes I don’t have time to spare, so I make this EASY and quick spaghetti sauce.
The sauce is is flavored with Italian sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and lots of spices. It’s delicious and filling, especially on a “cool weather” kind of day, like today in the Pacific Northwest.
I grew up eating my Mom’s spaghetti sauce, which she cooked with ground beef in the sauce. While that is good, my husband and I prefer the taste of Italian sausage in our sauce. I’ve been making it this way for YEARS! If you’ve never made sauce with Italian sausage, I hope you will consider it.
The spaghetti sauce only takes about 10 minutes of prep work, then the rest of the time (30 minutes) is inactive “simmering” time. Not too much time to invest, and the results are wonderful!
I like to make extra spaghetti sauce to freeze for another day! The recipe serves 4-6 depending on serving size. Even if you can’t use that many servings in a single meal, it’s nice to have extra sauce available, for other meals).
How To Make Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage
Start the party off by sautéing Italian sausage (which has been removed from the casing) with chopped onion. The meat and onions are cooked on medium heat in a large skillet.
Add chopped green pepper, and continue cooking until the Italian sausage is fully cooked.
Drain the grease from the skillet, then add tomato paste, a large can of diced tomatoes, and water. Sometimes I add in 1/2 cup red wine, if I have an open bottle (optional, though).
Next add the spices (oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper). Stir the spaghetti sauce well, to combine.
Add mushrooms. I used some of my dehydrated mushrooms (they ARE kind of handy to have around and re-hydrate wonderfully in the sauce).
Of course, you can use the same amount of fresh, sliced mushrooms. If you don’t like mushrooms, just leave ’em out!
Bring the spaghetti sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes or so. The sauce will reduce a bit, and all those yummy flavors will permeate the sauce.
While the sauce is cooking, cook the spaghetti noodles (or any other pasta).
Drain the cooked pasta, then place the spaghetti noodles onto individual serving plates. Top pasta with a ladle of this yummy spaghetti sauce, then garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.
That’s it! It’s such an inexpensive and delicious hearty meal, with an amazing tasting Italian spaghetti sauce!
If you enjoy pasta dishes, be sure to check out my other pasta recipes. These include Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti, Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine, Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole, and Ravioli with Mushrooms and Snap Peas.
You can find many other pasta recipes in my Recipe Index at the top of each post. Have a great day, and Buon Appetito (Italian, for “enjoy your meal!)!
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Recipe source: My brain, in Italian mode.
- 3 Italian sausage links (mild or hot), casings removed.
- 3/4 cup chopped brown onion
- 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
- 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
- 1 large can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
- 1 cup water (or substitute 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup red wine, if desired)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano (dried)
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon basil (dried)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (dried)
- 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
- Grated Parmesan cheese , for garnish (if desired)
- Remove casing from sausage links by cutting with a knife down the length of the link, and removing the sausage. Discard the casing. Crumble the sausage into a large skillet.
- Sauté the sausage and chopped onion on medium heat. Add the green pepper; cook until sausage is fully cooked. Drain the grease out of the pan (discard), and return skillet to stovetop.
Add tomato paste, can of diced tomatoes (including juice), and water to skillet. Add oregano, Italian seasoning, basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add sliced mushrooms. Stir all ingredients well, to combine.
- Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to low and continue to cook for about 30 minutes. The sauce will reduce down a bit, and the flavors will permeate the sauce. Taste test the sauce and add additional salt or spices as desired.
While sauce is cooking, prepare the pasta of your choice according to package directions. Drain pasta, then serve with spaghetti sauce ladled over the top. Garnish with Parmesan cheese, if desired, and serve HOT!
Caloric calculation does not include pasta of your choice. It also does not include optional Parmesan cheese topping (optional).
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