Terry's Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage

Southern Meat Sauce for Pasta
Photo: Diana Rattray
    175 min
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This homemade spaghetti sauce has it all! It's made with Italian sausage, onion and bell pepper, sliced mushrooms, tomatoes, and a number of herbs. Garlic powder is used in Terry's sauce, but 2 cloves of fresh garlic — minced — may be added to the sauce along with the tomatoes and sauces. 

The long-simmered sauce is great with spaghetti or linguine or use it as a sauce for homemade lasagna or a ziti casserole.

For a meatier sauce, add 1/2 pound to 1 pound of ground beef to the pot along with the sliced sausage.

See Also
Classic Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
Classic Meaty Spaghetti Sauce Recipe​​
 

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound Italian sausage links, cooked and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 6 to 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cans (24 ounces total) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried leaf basil, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried leaf oregano, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

  1. Put the sausages in a large saucepan or Dutch oven; add about 1/2 to 1 inch of water. Bring the sausages to a boil; cover the pan and boil for about 15 minutes. Drain and remove the sausages and slice them thinly. 
  2. In the same pan, brown the sausage slices. Add a small amount of oil, if necessary.
  3. Drain off excess grease and add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan. Add the onion, green bell pepper, and mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are tender.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, except Parmesan cheese. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 2 to 3 hours.
  5. Add more water and reduce heat if sauce becomes too thick.
  6. Serve with hot cooked spaghetti and pass the Parmesan cheese.
  7. Makes enough spaghetti sauce for 6 servings.

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