Italian Sausage Grinders

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.


12 servings

Updated: Sep. 23, 2022
“This recipe has been in our family for more years than I would like to admit! It's quick and easy any time of the year. Anise seeds also make a great optional addition.” —Sally Yeagle, Burlington, Wisconsin
Italian Sausage Grinders Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 12 Italian sausage links (4 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and parsley flakes
  • 12 brat buns, split and toasted
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large skillet, brown sausages in oil; drain. Stir in the water, tomato paste, tomato sauce, garlic, sugar and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
  2. Serve sausages on buns with sauce; sprinkle with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 467 calories, 23g fat (7g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 1056mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.