Sausage Pasta Sauce Recipe
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Sausage Pasta Sauce Recipe

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Sweet peppers, onions and garlic give this red sauce its rich flavor, and a little cream gives it a smooth texture. Our toddlers love this recipe because the vegetables are "hidden" since they are pureed with the tomato sauce. -Michelle Krzmarzick Torrance, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cans (29 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian stewed tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In a Dutch oven, saute the onions, peppers and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, brown sugar and seasonings.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a blender, process tomato mixture in batches until smooth. Return to the pan. Add sausage; heat through. Gradually stir in cream. Cook and stir over low heat for 5 minutes. Drain pasta; top with sauce. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Sausage Pasta Sauce in Taste of Home April/May 2004, p37

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KatandSing User ID: 5956648 223730
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2015

"I also left out the cream and it was still delicious. I also added spinich and my toddler had no idea!"

[email protected] User ID: 6993142 78893
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"Actually, this pasta sauce is a 20-star recipe! So sorry I could only give it a 5! The flavors are rich and satisfying. A very hearty offering for those hungry guys in the family. Also special enough for casual company. I have frequently doubled this recipe and frozen it to have a ready-made sauce for school nights. Doubling worked fine--no adjustments were necessary. I use half and half instead of heavy whipping cream but everything stays the same. All-time family favorite for many years!!!"

1275 User ID: 6324211 57837
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"Great recipe! I halved it to feed my family of 6. I left out the peppers, I did not have any on hand. I also did not use stewed tomatoes and switched crushed tomatoes for tomato sauce. I also left out the whipped cream and skipped the pureeing process. I did all the cooking in one large skillet. This makes a deliciously different pasta sauce, I loved the twist of the chili powder and brown sugar. Very yummy! Will make again."

ronayne User ID: 2783099 132921
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"I made this with 2 lbs. ground sirloin and it was delicious! Will definitely make again & again. Thanks!"

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