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Herbed Sausage & Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

I believe in the wisdom of using a wine that you'd be happy to drink for cooking, rather than an inferior one. I use a Chianti for this sausage and herb sauce.—Jennifer Storment, Belgrade, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds bulk pork sausage
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausage Links links, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup dry red wine, divided
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 3 teaspoons each Italian seasoning and dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon each dried thyme, marjoram and rosemary, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked pasta

Directions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook pork sausage, Italian sausage and onion in oil until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker.
  • 2. Add 2 tablespoons wine to Dutch oven, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Pour over meat mixture. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, bouillon, Italian seasoning, oregano, sugar, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, bay leaves and pepper.
  • 3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir in remaining wine; cover and cook 30 minutes longer. Discard bay leaves; serve sauce with pasta. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without pasta) equals 297 calories, 20 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 1,274 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 13 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.