Italian Sausages Sweet & Hot in Tomato Sauce

Rose Rauhauser


My husband loves Italian sausage and spicey, so this is what I tested out and it came out just perfectly. It's spicey but if you want it really hot just add more red pepper flakes and adjust to your own spicey senses. This recipe is just kicked up enough for my husband. Enjoy


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30 Min
45 Min
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  • 2
    pounds hot italian sausage (casings removed)
  • 3
    pounds sweet italian sausage(casings removed)
  • 1 1/2 c
    red onions chopped
  • 1/2 c
    vidalia onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp
    fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    crushed red pepper
  • 2
    28 oz. cans whole italian plum tomatoes/chopped with all the juices
  • 1
    12 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 6 Tbsp
    fresh basil leaves chopped or more if you like
  • 1
    pound cavatappi or penne pasta
  • ·
    ricotta cheese and grated parmaesano/regiano

How to Make Italian Sausages Sweet & Hot in Tomato Sauce


  1. Remove the sausages from the casings and crumble. Put a little olive oil in bottom of a large pot and start to brown and crumble until all redness is gone. Usually takes about 10 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and leave fat in the pan. To the remaining fat in the pan add the onions and garlic on low heat until soft, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add the fennel seeds, salt and red pepper flakes, saute still on low, stirring until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, all the juices too and tomato paste, oregano and cooked sausage and fresh basil cook and stir until thick and fragrant. Leave on a low flame for 45 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning to your taste.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling salted water. Drain and toss with the sauce. If you desire to add ricotta do that or just top with grated cheese.
  3. This sauce freezes well.

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About Italian Sausages Sweet & Hot in Tomato Sauce

Course/Dish: Pasta, Other Sauces, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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