Terry's Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage

Southern Meat Sauce for Pasta
Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 2 hrs 55 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
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This homemade spaghetti sauce has it all! It's made with Italian sausage, onion and bell pepper, sliced mushrooms, tomatoes, and a number of herbs. Garlic powder is used in Terry's sauce, but 2 cloves of fresh garlic — minced — may be added to the sauce along with the tomatoes and sauces. 

The long-simmered sauce is great with spaghetti or linguine or use it as a sauce for homemade lasagna or a ziti casserole.

For a meatier sauce, add 1/2 pound to 1 pound of ground beef to the pot along with the sliced sausage.

See Also
Classic Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
Classic Meaty Spaghetti Sauce Recipe​​

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound Italian sausage links (cooked and thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1/3 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 6 to 8 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans tomatoes (coarsely chopped)
  • 3 cans tomato sauce (24 ounces total)
  • 2 6 ounce cans tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons basil (dried leaf, crumbled)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano (dried leaf, crumbled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme (dried leaf)
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley (dried leaf)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (powder)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

  1. Put the sausages in a large saucepan or Dutch oven; add about 1/2 to 1 inch of water. Bring the sausages to a boil; cover the pan and boil for about 15 minutes. Drain and remove the sausages and slice them thinly. 
  2. In the same pan, brown the sausage slices. Add a small amount of oil, if necessary.
  3. Drain off excess grease and add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan. Add the onion, green bell pepper, and mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are tender.
  1. Add remaining ingredients, except Parmesan cheese. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Add more water and reduce heat if sauce becomes too thick.
  3. Serve with hot cooked spaghetti and pass the Parmesan cheese.
  4. Makes enough spaghetti sauce for 6 servings.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 430
Total Fat 26 g
Saturated Fat 9 g
Unsaturated Fat 16 g
Cholesterol 43 mg
Sodium 619 mg
Carbohydrates 33 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Protein 20 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)