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Family-Favorite Pasta Sauce

 Family-Favorite Pasta Sauce
This hearty Italian-style meat sauce has a sweetness that I really love. It’s the recipe I use for spaghetti, lasagna and gnocci, which I bake with mozzarella and Parmesan on top.—Jody L Bober, St Clairsville, Ohio
8 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours


  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) Italian tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • Hot cooked pasta of your choice


  • In a large saucepan, cook the sausage, onion and garlic in oil over
  • medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, parsley, brown sugar,
  • vinegar and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer,
  • uncovered, for 1-1/2 hours or until flavors are blended. Serve with
  • pasta. Yield: 8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup (calculated without pasta) equals 169 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 884 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.