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Sausage Pasta Sauce Recipe

Sausage Pasta Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD: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.

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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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