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Homemade Sausage Pasta Sauce

This homemade sausage pasta sauce is rustic and flavorful. Perfect for lasagna, spaghetti or store-bought ravioli!

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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 lb. mild Italian turkey sausage (such as Diestel or Jennie-O brand)
  • 1 large onion peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms washed and sliced
  • 2 28 ounce cans whole, peeled San Marzano tomatoes pureed in food processor till smooth
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the turkey sausage to pan and break up with a wooden spoon. Add the onion and garlic, and saute until the meat is browned and the onion is translucent, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl. Discard the grease.
  • In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms , and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. Saute until the liquid evaporates and the mushrooms have softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Place the pureed tomatoes, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, basil, parsley, chili powder, thyme, paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper in a large pot. Add the turkey sausage mixture and mushrooms, and stir to combine.
  • Simmer over medium low heat for 20 - 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve with boiled pasta, ravioli, or make lasagna. Enjoy!


  • Sauce freezes well for quick week night suppers!
  • Customize this sauce with your favorite protein, herbs and spices


Serving: 1g, Calories: 74kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 182mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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