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Sausage Pasta Sauce

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • JoanieK53
    Jan 9, 2018

    Delicious! Left out the cream. Pureed the tomatoes before adding to the onions.

  • Mtnpawns
    Oct 18, 2017

    best ever!!!! there is not enough stars for this recipe. I will always make it, it is Delicious!!!!!!! But make it the way the recipe says too.

  • KatandSing
    Mar 28, 2015

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

  • lshaw
    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!!!

  • TJcjdhla
    Jul 4, 2013

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  • 1275
    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
    Aug 9, 2011

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

  • krystaljoy
    Feb 23, 2010

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    Apr 22, 2009

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  • kindyklein
    Oct 17, 2008

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