Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage

Homemade spaghetti sauce with Italian sausage is, hands down, my favorite dish. Like, ever. I like to make a big batch and freeze some for later!

Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage

Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12
Calories 165 kcal


  • 6 cups chopped tomatoes (4 pounds)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, sweet or hot, uncooked


  • Put all ingredients, including sausage in a large pot and bring to simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour until the internal temperature of the sausage reaches 165͑͒.
  • Remove sausage and cut into slices. Remove bay leaves. If desired, the sauce can be processed in batches with a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • Return sausage to the sauce and serve with your favorite pasta or spaghetti squash.
  • Hack: Put serving-sized leftover portions in sealable freezer bags or containers leftovers and freeze for future use.
  • Hack:  If you have leftover tomatoes and no time to make the sauce, simply puree them in the blender and freeze the fresh puree in sealed freezer bags or containers to cook with at a later date.
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Did you know?  Traditional “white” pasta has gotten a bad rap lately but there are plenty of healthier alternatives out there,  some with carbs and some without!

Suggestion:  Substitute these meatballs in place of the sausage!

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4 Replies to “Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage”

  1. Hi Cynthia. I have to admit, after this recipe, Cynthia Eats is my new go to website for great recipes. I have been learning to cook good food recently and have been looking for a website I can rely on for proper details and process of cooking and your website resonates with me on so many levels. Thanks for that. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your kind comments and I wish you all the best on your venture to eat good food!  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

  2. I’ve long wondered how Italian pasta sauces achieve those deep authentic spicy flavors. I guess it must be slow cooking that is the key. Or is it that the combination of spices is more critical? I am pinning and saving this one. Thanks for sharing. I will check again for other great recipes. Best regards, Andy 

    1. It’s actually a little bit of both.   When sauces are slowly and gently simmered over a period of time, it gives the flavors a chance to blend and expand.  Thank you for your question, Andy!

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