Chunky Pasta Sauce with Mild Sausage

Perfect Chunky Pasta Sauce with Mild Sausage has layers upon layers of delicious flavor. A thick rich, sauce that’s perfect for penne, rigatoni, or mostaccioli pasta. Made with quality Italian Mild Sausage, onions, peppers, zucchini, minced garlic, organic roasted tomatoes, organic crushed tomatoes, and fresh herbs such as Italian flat leaf parsley, fresh basil, oregano, and seasoned with a dash of ground cayenne, and kosher salt

I have to share with you that I am slightly picky about  Italian-American pasta sauces and traditional Italian food.  I was spoiled by my Italian born grandparents and American-Italian relatives. I want my food one way, the right way. You guessed it, I’m one of the few people who won’t frequent any chain Italian restaurant or eat the markets jar sauce intentionally.

Homemade Chunky Italian Pasta Sauce

I grew up in the United States, so we tend to make our own version of Italian food here it seems. The sauces and pasta dishes my grandmother and her family ate as a child are rarely made here in the states, due to the ingredients quality being slightly different. So before we get started this recipe is an Italian-American recipe, not a recipe you would most likely eat in Italy. It’s more of what you would eat if living in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn.

I have noticed that many mom’s and wives love Italian food, however, generally they will reach for a jar of pasta sauce or dine out at that “Italian-themed chain restaurant” which is totally fine if you enjoy it, by all means, mama go and enjoy your dinner.

Do you want to know the 2 main reasons many mom’s and wives don’t make their own Homemade Italian pasta sauce these days?

  1. No one has ever shown or shared with them how easy and fast making a healthy, delicious authentic American Italian pasta sauce was.
  2. There are too many recipes stating they are “Authentic” or “Traditional” Italian recipes when they are simply not even close.
  3. Time is not of an essence with children, a husband, chores, soccer practice, dance class, and work schedules.

Now, mom’s and wives, I am not judging you, ooh no, I completely understand your pain.

I am going to share my simple to make Chunky American-Italian Pasta Sauce and mild Sausage recipe with you so that you can enjoy a healthy, Italian, crowd-pleasing sauce anytime you feel like having it.

Believe it or not, not all Italian sauces have to cook or simmer all day; you can make this sauce in about an hour. Cut the chopping and dicing time in half for this Chunky Pasta Sauce by pulling out that food processor and letting it do the work for you in no time flat. Don’t forget to double the recipe batch and place family portions in a freezer safe container and wa-la you have a simple dinner plan for a busy night.

 

Ingredients needed for Chunky Italian Pasta Sauce and Sweet Sausage
  • 3-4 tablespoons of authentic olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds of quality mild Italian sausage links
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 5 cloves of fresh garlic minced
  • 1/3 of a cup diced green peppers
  • 1/2 of a cup finely diced Zucchini
  • 2-15-ounce cans of organic tomatoes, drained
  • 1-28-ounce can of organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 of a cup chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil torn or chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano leaves
  • a few red pepper flakes, optional
  • kosher salt to own taste
  • Grated quality Romano cheese to serve, optional
5 from 6 votes
Homemade Chunky Italian Pasta Sauce
Chunky Pasta Sauce with Mild Sausage
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Perfect Chunky Pasta Sauce with Mild Sausage has layers upon layers of delicious flavor. A thick rich, sauce that's perfect for penne, rigatoni, or mostaccioli pasta. Made with quality Italian Mild Sausage, onions, peppers, zucchini, minced garlic, organic roasted tomatoes, organic crushed tomatoes, and fresh herbs such as Italian flat leaf parsley, fresh basil, oregano, and seasoned with a dash of ground cayenne, and kosher salt

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Pasta Sauce
Servings: 12 People
Author: Heidy L. McCallum
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 1/2 pounds quality mild Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup green bell peppers diced
  • 30 ounces organic diced tomatoes
  • 28 ounces organic crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons organic tomato paste optional
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil torn
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
  • 1 dash red pepper flakes optional
  • kosher salt to own taste
  • Romano cheese grated
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 or more tablespoons of authentic olive oil in an 8-quart pot over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, carefully prick a few holes in each sausage link before placing in preheated 8-quart pot with olive oil. Brown all sides of the mild Italian sausage.
  3. Once all sides of the mild Italian sausage have been browned; about 10-12 minutes, add the remainder of the olive oil, 1 medium diced onion, 1/3 of a cup of diced peppers, 1/2 of a cup of diced zucchini, and 5 cloves of minced garlic. Saute veggies in with mild sausage for about 3-5 minutes or until the veggies are softened slightly.
  4. Add the cans of organic diced tomatoes to the sausage and veggies; let cook for about 10 minutes on low heat.
  5. Remove the mild Italian sausage links from pan, place on a clean, dry cutting area to completely cool; about 5 minutes or so. Once the mild Italian sausage has cooled, slice the sausage. Add sliced mild Italian sausage, 1-28-ounce can of organic crushed tomatoes to the 8-quart pot. Stir well.
  6. Add 1/4 of a cup of chopped fresh parsley, 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil, 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano, a few pepper flakes, and kosher salt. Cook on very low heat stirring frequently for about 45 minutes, careful not to scorch sauce.
Recipe Notes
  • It is very important when making the sauce that you use quality organic tomatoes. Look for tomatoes that the first ingredient is tomatoes. No sugar added.

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Chunky Pasta Sauce with Mild Sausage”

  • Hi Heidy, I love your sentiments and thoughts, very much like mine. I grew up on homemade everything and I always make a double batch of sauce to freeze one. It’s such a time saver but many SAHMs today are so over-scheduled they do not always have time to catch up. Your recipe sounds delicious and you are so RIGHT, it doesn’t take very long to make. Pinning/sharing.

  • Just looking at your ingredient list I can just imagine how delicious this pasta sauce is – it sure looks very tasty!

  • I am the same way. I NEVER order a tomato based sauce in a restaurant. I grew up in an Italian household and we only ever made sauce from my grandmother’s home grown tomatoes. I still make mine that way to this day. I don’t know what I’ll do when she (and her jarred tomatoes) is gone. Thanks for sharing your recipe. It looks and sounds delicious.

  • Hi Joanne, thanks for the sweet compliments and dropping by to check out the Pasta sauce. I can feel the mom’s pain, though. It’s so hard these days, so much is expected from us! Sometimes I actually wish this still was the 50’s it might actually be easier on women, just staying home, cleaning house, cooking and tending to the children and husband. Instead of doing all that and working 40+ hours.I liked it much better when I was a SAHM instead of a workaholic

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