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Family-Favorite Pasta Sauce Recipe
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Family-Favorite Pasta Sauce Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

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.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook the sausage, onion and garlic in oil over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. 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.
Originally published as Family-Favorite Pasta Sauce in Taste of Home August/September 2011, p21

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.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

This was a really good sauce. I substituted turkey Italian sausage like several other reviewers did.

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Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

I used turkey Italian sausage but otherwise followed the recipe. I made this ahead and froze it to serve to the grandkids. All the kids loved it! Personally, I prefer an unsweetened sauce, so I gave it a 4-star rating. I'll certainly make it again for the grandkids, though.

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Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

Really yummy!! Used turkey Italian sausage instead of regular and didn't use garlic (didn't have any), but I really like how chunky and hearty this was. My kids, who aren't big pasta eaters, really loved this too. We'll be making this again and again!!!

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Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

totally and awesome recipe , a must make , the flavors are great , i severed over buttered noodles

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Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

My family really likes this recipe. It was a little bit oily so next time I will probably not use any oil to cook the sausage and see how that goes.

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