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Savory Italian Sausage Sauce Recipe

Savory Italian Sausage Sauce

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"This is a great homemade sauce. It's savory and spicy, as well as thick and chunky. The secret is the combination of Italian sausage, green onions, red wine and red pepper flakes. Easily double or triple amount and top on anything! Even better the next day. Enjoy."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute garlic until it browns. Place sausage in skillet with garlic. Cook until evenly brown, crumbling it as it cooks.
  2. Stir in mushrooms, basil and oregano; cook 5 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes and tomato paste. Then add water, red wine, red pepper flakes and sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 1 hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 28, 2008

This was a Great Sauce!!! I used italian link sausage, sliced and browned with the garlic. I used portabella mushrooms because that is what I had. I used 1/4 cup of wine and 3/4 cup water. I used less wine because I only had red cooking wine and I know it is stronger and saltier then regular red wine.Update- I made this again and had everything except used Italian diced tomatoes and got brave and used the half cup of Red cooking wine and it was super - It makes the perfect amount of sauce. Thank you for sharing your recipe

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 14, 2014

Decent taste, but I felt the red wine flavor burned through most of the other flavor. Could have been because I used a merlot I had around. Be sure not to overdo it on adding meat, or you will wind up with something that looks a lot more like a goulash.

Apr 13, 2011

This sauce rocks! I followed the recipe to a "T" (doubled) - except for the simmering step, I threw it all in the crockpot on low for several hours. SO Delicious! We will be making this sauce often!

Jul 23, 2011

My family LOVED this sauce,it will be a favorite.I followed it exactly except I used hot Italian sauage and no need for red pepper flakes.Thanks to Staci for suggesting the crockpot. Thanks for the recipe Carliey. Karen

Aug 06, 2009

I loved this sauce. Perfect amount of spice for me - I made it exactly as the recipe said and wouldn't change a thing. Thanks for sharing!

Feb 25, 2008

This was a really nice red sauce. I used italian link sausage, browned and sliced.

May 03, 2010

I've been making this recipe for years (handed down Italian). I haven't used mushrooms before (so I look forward to adding that.) One thing you might try that makes this recipe absolutely perfect, cut sausage links into 1/2 bites (brown with onions). Add 1/2 cup celery. When sauce has simmered (at least 2 hours) add whole pepperoni cut into 1/2" pieces. When serving pasta, ladle sausage and pepperoni separately and serve with freshly grated permesan cheese. You will NEVER make this differently.

Jul 25, 2006

I didn't see in the recipe where it said to add the green onions, so I added them with the mushrooms. After simmering for an hour, they had sort of a weird slimy texture. That said, the flavor of the sauce was very good; next time I'll try it with regular onions.


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  • Calories
  • 495 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.3 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 29.2 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 6.3 g
  • 25%
  • Protein
  • 21.1 g
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 2063 mg
  • 83%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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