Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage

Southern Meat Sauce for Pasta

Diana Rattray

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs 55 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
427 Calories
27g Fat
31g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 427
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 1704mg 74%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 45mg 224%
Calcium 126mg 10%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 1616mg 34%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 this sauce, but two 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.


  • 1 pound Italian sausage links, cooked and thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/3 cup chopped onion

  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 6 to 8 ounces sliced mushrooms

  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans tomatoes, coarsely chopped

  • 3 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil, crumbled

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, crumbled

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar

  • 1 cup water

  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. 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. 

  3. In the same pan, brown the sausage slices. Add a small amount of oil, if necessary.

  4. 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.

  5. Add remaining ingredients, except Parmesan cheese. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 2 to 3 hours.

  6. Add more water and reduce heat if sauce becomes too thick.

  7. Serve with hot cooked spaghetti and pass the Parmesan cheese.

  8. Enjoy.