Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sausages

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours


8 servings

Updated: Dec. 31, 2023
My family loves this recipe. It’s such a good all-around dish, either for sandwiches like these or served with hot spaghetti. —Ilean Schultheiss, Cohocton, New York
Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sausages Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 8 Italian sausage links (2 pounds)
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 large green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 8 brat buns, split
  • Additional Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Place sausages in a large skillet; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°; drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the spaghetti sauce, water, tomato paste, pepper, onion, cheese and parsley. Add sausages. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours or until vegetables are tender. Serve in buns. Sprinkle with additional cheese if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 557 calories, 29g fat (9g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 1510mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein.