Chunky Sausage Pasta Sauce

September 17, 2015

Chunky Sausage Pasta Sauce 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 tomatoes, and fresh herbs.

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



Chunky Sausage Pasta SauceI grew up in the United States, which means we tend to make our version of Italian food here, it seems. The sauces and pasta dishes that my grandmother and her family ate as a child are rarely made here in the states due to the quality of the ingredients being slightly different. 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 moms 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 fine if you enjoy it, by all means, mama go and enjoy your dinner.




Do you want to know the two main reasons many moms and wives don’t make their own Homemade 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 not close.

  3. Time is not of the essence with children, a husband, chores, soccer practice, dance class, and work schedules.




Now, moms and wives, I am not judging you, ooh; no, I completely understand your pain.

I will share my simple-to-make Chunky American-Italian Pasta Sauce and mild Sausage recipe with you so that you can enjoy a hearty, 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, 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 Sausage Pasta Sauce

  • Three tablespoons of authentic olive oil

  • One and 1/2 pounds of quality mild Italian sausage links

  • One medium onion diced

  • Five 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

  • a few red pepper flakes, optional

  • kosher salt to own taste

  • Six fresh basil leaves torn 

  • Grated quality Romano cheese to serve, optional




Chunky Sausage Pasta Sauce

Chunky Sausage Pasta Sauce

Perfect Chunky Pasta Sauce has layers upon layers of delicious flavor. A thick, rich sauce that's perfect for penne, rigatoni, or mostaccioli pasta.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 12 People
Calories 268 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds Italian sausage browned lightly
  • 1 medium Yellow onion diced
  • 5 cloves Fresh garlic minced
  • cup Green bell peppers finely diced
  • 30 ounces diced tomatoes organic
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes organic
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste optional
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes optional
  • kosher salt To own taste
  • ¼ cup Fresh parsley leaves chopped
  • 6 Fresh basil leaves torn
  • Romano cheese grated


  • Heat 2 or more tablespoons of authentic olive oil in an 8-quart pot over medium heat. 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.
  • Once all sides of the mild Italian sausage have been browned; about 8 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 3-4 minutes or until the veggies are softened slightly.
  • Add the organic diced tomatoes to the sausage and veggies; let cook for about 10 minutes on low heat. 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.
  • Add a few pepper flakes and kosher salt. Cook on very low heat stirring frequently for about 35 minutes, careful not to scorch sauce.
  • Next, add 1/4 of a cup of chopped fresh parsley and fresh basil at the end. Cook on low for about 8-10 minutes


  • 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.


Serving: 01Calories: 268kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 10gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 521mgPotassium: 517mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 377IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Herbs, Pasta Sauce
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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 tomatoes, and fresh herbs.



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  • Reply
    justine @ Full Belly SIsters
    September 20, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I LOVE making pasta sauce from scratch—there’s just nothing else like it! This one looks like a great version!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      August 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you, Justine, for stopping by and commenting! I hope you enjoyed the recipe.

  • Reply
    September 18, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Heidy, This sauce is so perfect! I love the Italian sausage and veggies in it. This recipe says flavor in spades to me! I just need pasta!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      September 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Thank you, Diane, I love a great sauce and this one flys off my table. Thank you for the kind comment.

  • Reply
    Heidy L. McCallum
    September 18, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    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

    Hugs and Love

  • Reply
    christine (@foodyschmoody)
    September 17, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      September 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks for dropping by Christine, I totally agree with you about not bothering to order the red sauce. Thank you for the compliments, and fond memories of your grandmother and her wonderful tomatoes.

  • Reply
    September 17, 2015 at 9:16 pm

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

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      September 18, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you, it really is a wonderful family comfort food. It’s so easy to make and I love freezing it to just be kinda lazy one night after work and still look like a shining star. 😉

  • Reply
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks
    September 17, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    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.

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