Make tonight Italian night with this amazing Italian Sausage Pasta! This meat sauce recipe is made with a flavorful Italian sausage, a delicious homemade marinara, and is super easy. Make it for the family tonight or meal prep it for the week!

Who loves Italian food? My family definitely does. There are so many wonderful Italian recipes on Kim’s Cravings. Just to name a few of our favorite dishes; Easy Lasagna, Baked Chicken Parmesan, and this Italian Sausage Pasta!

plate of pasta topped with an Italian sausage marinara and parmesan cheese

Spaghetti with a yummy meat sauce is one of the most requested meals in my house. If I had to guess, I’d say we probably have it once a week. There’s just something about meaty red sauce dripping off of long, twirly noodles that my family adores!

By a show of hands, how many of you make your spaghetti this way: brown some ground beef, dump in a jar of pasta sauce, and pile it on top of noodles? Don’t feel bad, I do too! It’s quick, easy, and only takes 3 ingredients.

But sometimes I crave something more irresistibly delicious!

I want the perfect balance between chunky tomatoes and thick, smooth sauce. And big bites of flavorful, savory meat. I want a blend of spices so good, you think you’re in a fancy restaurant in Italy.

This recipe, my friends, is just that! My Italian Sausage Pasta meal is easy to put together, tastes WAY better than sauce out of a jar, and even though there are a lot of ingredients, most of them are already in your pantry. The ground beef is replaced with tasty Italian sausage, and red wine with just a hint of brown sugar and red pepper flakes makes the sauce absolutely drool-worthy!

How Do You Make Italian Sausage Pasta?

This meat sauce recipe is very simple and straightforward. You only need one pot and just about 10 minutes hands-on time.

1: Start cooking the Italian sausage. Make sure to break up the meat into small crumbles. Add the chopped onion and cook until it’s softened.

2: Stir in other ingredients – garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, basil, parsley, brown sugar, salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper. Bring the meat sauce to a low boil. Stir in red wine. Simmer on low, stirring occasionally, for at least an hour.

3: When you’re ready to eat and the meat sauce is about done cooking, cook the pasta according to package instructions.

4: To serve, spoon meat sauce over drained spaghetti noodles (or other favorite pasta) and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley. Whip up a fresh Italian salad and garlic bread for a complete dinner!

ladling a meat sauce onto a plate of pasta

Tips For Making Meat Sauce

  • You can make the sauce up to 2 days in advance, then reheat the sauce in a pot and cook the pasta, right before serving. The sauce can also be frozen for up to 4 months.
  • This recipe makes a large amount of sauce. Feel free to cut the recipe in half, or consider freezing a portion of the sauce for another dinner (or two).
  • Want this meat sauce to cook all day? This recipe can even be made into an easy crockpot spaghetti sauce! Just pre-cook the Italian sausage and drain off the fat before adding all the other ingredients (except wine) to the crockpot. Stir the wine into the sauce 30 minutes to an hour before serving.
Italian sausage pasta sauce served over spaghetti with Parmesan cheese

Spaghetti & Meat Sauce Variations

I typically make this meat sauce and pasta recipe exactly as it’s written. However, you can modify the recipe to suit your tastes and/or include ingredients that you may already have on-hand.

  • Meat – I highly recommend Italian sausage in this sauce for maximum flavor! You can use regular Italian sausage or sweet Italian sausage, whichever you prefer. They are both delicious! If you don’t like Italian sausage, you can use ground beef, ground turkey, or turkey sausage.
  • Vegetables – Add sautéed vegetables to the sauce such as mushrooms, spinach, zucchini or bell peppers. Olives, sun dried tomatoes or artichoke hearts would also be fabulous additions.
  • Pasta – Instead of spaghetti noodles, try another pasta variety. Anything goes – fettuccine, bucatini, farfalle, penne, or angel hair pasta.

Storage Recommendations

Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave, oven or in a pot on the stove. The pasta may have absorbed some of the liquid leaving it dried out. Feel free to add a bit of water before heating.

Freezing: I would recommend freezing the sauce without the pasta. Once the sauce has thickened allow it to cool before pouring it in an airtight freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 4 months.

Thaw and heat on the stove top over LOW heat stirring constantly. Add a small amount of water as needed to revitalize the sauce. Cook noodles and serve.

Italian sausage pasta served on a white plate with a silver fork

This spaghetti and meat sauce recipe is easy to make and will delight your family and friends. Give this dish a try the next time you are in the mood for some good old-fashioned comfort food!

More Delicious Italian Recipes You’ll Love:

Easy Healthy Lasagna

Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs

Margherita Pizza

Crockpot Lasagna

Easy Baked Ziti

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spaghetti with pasta sauce twirled around a fork
Italian sausage pasta served on a white plate with a silver fork
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5 from 10 votes
Nutrition Facts
Italian Sausage Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 465 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 1442mg63%
Potassium 952mg27%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 817IU16%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:12 servings
Italian Sausage Pasta
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
 

Make tonight Italian night with this amazing Italian Sausage Pasta! This meat sauce recipe is made with a flavorful Italian sausage, a delicious homemade marinara, and is super easy. Make it for the family tonight or meal prep it for the week!

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground Italian sausage (mild or hot)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles (or other preferred pasta)
  • Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley to garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large, heavy stockpot, brown Italian sausage, breaking up as you stir. Add onions and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened. Stir in garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, basil, parsley, brown sugar, salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper. Stir well and bring to a low boil. Stir in red wine. Simmer on low, stirring occasionally, for at least an hour.

  2. Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions. Spoon meat sauce over drained spaghetti noodles and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

*This recipe makes a large amount of sauce. Feel free to cut the recipe in half, or consider freezing the sauce for another dinner (or two).

Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave, oven or in a pot on the stove. The pasta may have absorbed some of the liquid leaving it dried out. Feel free to add a bit of water before heating. 

Freezing: I would recommend freezing the sauce without the pasta. Once the sauce has thickened allow it to cool before pouring it in an airtight freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 4 months.

Thaw and heat on the stove top over LOW heat stirring constantly. Add a small amount of water as needed to revitalize the sauce. Cook noodles and serve.

**Nutritional information includes spaghetti.

Photos by Danielle from Our Salty Kitchen.

Author: Kim
Course: Main
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Italian Sausage Pasta, Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce, meat sauce

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