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Summertime Spaghetti Sauce

My husband and I look forward to this flavorful sauce when our tomatoes become so abundant and we need to use them up...or even just when they're ripe and at their peak. —Kay Kaepp, Coldwater, MI
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 cups


  • 3 Italian sausage links (4 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups chopped seeded peeled tomatoes (about 8 medium)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Parmesan cheese


  • Remove casings from sausage; cut sausage into 1-in. pieces. In a large skillet, brown sausage over medium heat. Drain and set aside. Heat oil in the same skillet; add onions and green pepper. Cook and stir until tender.
  • Add the tomatoes, jalapeno, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Return sausage to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 12-15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and sauce is thickened.
  • Serve sauce with pasta; top with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup (calculated without pasta and cheese): 173 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 767mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 2 fat, 1 lean meat.

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  • katlaydee3
    Sep 3, 2016

    Delicious and different. I made this exactly as written and loved it! I did not feel any need to add garlic like most other people. That's the nice thing about having lots of recipes! Definitely a keeper for summer.

  • mocox13
    Dec 9, 2013

    This is an excellent, fresh, light sauce for summertime. I made it once without the meat and still enjoyed it immensely...great for those days when it feels too hot to eat!

  • nanacarolyn
    Jul 15, 2012

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  • DarLynn4706
    Jul 12, 2012

    This is an excellent base for a lovely FRESH spaghetti sauce; however, to be truly authentic, it does need fresh garlic added. Also, a 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon makes this AMAZING.. a tip I learned from one of those FOOD Network Italian chefs. I don't care for Italian sausage so chose to use lean ground beef instead. Very very good!!

  • RHeslop27
    Jun 14, 2011

    I had to add some garlic, but other than that it was fantastic!

  • RHeslop27
    Jun 14, 2011

    I had to add some garlic, but other than that it was fantastic!

  • schrotie
    Sep 29, 2010

    The best spahetti sauce recipe we've even eaten.

  • grandmajab209
    Aug 24, 2010

    this is a good sauce. just add garlic. without garlic its not pasta sauce! fresh basil would br great also. i have been making pasta sauce for 65 years & this one is great!

  • frantzsd
    Aug 24, 2010

    My husband and I really liked this sauce. I did add some fresh basil, since it is in season, and some garlic. YUM!

  • donnawolf
    Aug 23, 2010

    Love it! You can adjust the heat with the amount of the jalapeno you add. Thanks Kay!