Rating: 4.63 stars
154 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 109
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

A flavorful homemade recipe for those who are tired of sweet pasta sauces. Serve over your favorite pasta with a tossed green salad and crusty garlic bread.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Removed casing from sausage links and cut into 1/2 inch slices. In a large skillet, brown sausage over medium heat for about 10 minutes; remove and set aside.

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  • In a large skillet, heat ground beef, olive oil, garlic and onion over medium heat until meat is nicely browned; drain.

  • Pour in tomatoes and tomato sauce; mix in salt, ground black pepper, basil, oregano, bay leaf and cooked sausage. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  • Mix cooked sauce with hot pasta and remove bay leaf from sauce before serving.

Nutrition Facts

339 calories; protein 18.5g; carbohydrates 11.4g; fat 24.6g; cholesterol 58.1mg; sodium 1517.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (108)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2005
I have been looking for a chunky meaty sauce, and this is it! I removed the casings from the sausage and instead of chopping them into pieces, I mixed the sausage with the ground beef. I used a 28 oz. can of sauce, and a 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes. The onions do add some sweetness to the sauce, so keep that in mind when deciding how much to add. I used one half of a large yellow onion, and it wasn't too sweet. I also added some cayenne pepper to the sauce, and some parsley. This is a great beginner recipe! Next time I will try it with ground pork. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2008
This was ok, but was WAY too salty for me. Maybe it was the Italian sausage I used but if I were to make it again, I would use 1 lb of ground beef, 1/2 lb of Italian sausage and leave out the salt. Read More
(22)
154 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 109
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2005
I have been looking for a chunky meaty sauce, and this is it! I removed the casings from the sausage and instead of chopping them into pieces, I mixed the sausage with the ground beef. I used a 28 oz. can of sauce, and a 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes. The onions do add some sweetness to the sauce, so keep that in mind when deciding how much to add. I used one half of a large yellow onion, and it wasn't too sweet. I also added some cayenne pepper to the sauce, and some parsley. This is a great beginner recipe! Next time I will try it with ground pork. Read More
(121)
Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2008
This was very good! I did not use the ground beef but only sweet italian sausage. I added 1/2 cup of red wine. I used the sauce with the Italian Sausage and Peppers recipe from this site. Will make again. Read More
(86)
Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2008
this was a good one. I changed it a little. I used only sausage instead of adding beef. I served it on top of bowtie noodles with salad on the side. it was great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2004
Can't believe I have never made a sauce using Italian sausage and beef at the same time. It was wonderful. I added a little bit of red wine and sugar to the sauce as well as using fresh basil from my garden. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2006
This is a great pasta sauce! Tangy but not sweet with a perfect spicy bite to it. I won't be buying canned sauce anymore. The only thing I would change is adding about half the amount of salt called for. Oh and I also minced my garlic instead and used about 6 cloves. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2008
This was ok, but was WAY too salty for me. Maybe it was the Italian sausage I used but if I were to make it again, I would use 1 lb of ground beef, 1/2 lb of Italian sausage and leave out the salt. Read More
(22)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2008
Very good flavor and so easy to make. My picky husband who really doesn't like spaghetti even complimented me on this meal tonight. I got a lot of rave reviews on my homemade spaghetti sauce and it was not a lot of work at all. Yummy and thanks for the contribution. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2010
I made this once because I wanted something different from traditional red sauce. Made it actually for a date who is now my husband. Every time I make it people just flip and ask for the recipe. I use chopped tomatoes instead of whole but other than that it is just wonderful the way it is. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2011
Pasta Sauce with Italian Sausage Haiku: "Mmm my mouth is full. Meat plus sausage is genius! Just a bit more spice." Very good pasta sauce with loads of potential to be even better. I had about 1/2 lb. worth of frozen meatballs leftover from making "Meatball Alphabet Soup" last week and threw those in while everything simmered instead of using crumbled ground beef. Gave the sauce a lick and decided it needed a little oomph so I added 1/4 tsp. allspice and 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes. Served over penne with mozzarella and parsley and buon appetito! Read More
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