Rating: 4.72 stars
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 46
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

With all the options for different kinds of sauces and types of sausage, it goes without saying that you can embellish this a hundred different ways, and I hope you do.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 35 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook sausage in a Dutch oven over medium heat until browned, about 15 minutes.

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  • Stir in parsley and cook for about 2 minutes.

  • Stir in white wine and cook until the wine has nearly evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Stir in heavy cream, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Stir in marinara sauce and water and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer sauce for 1 hour.

  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in penne, and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain.

  • Combine pasta and sauce; remove from heat, cover and let sit for about 2 minutes.

  • Serve pasta and sauce topped with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Nutrition Facts

831 calories; protein 40g; carbohydrates 88.7g; fat 34.1g; cholesterol 99mg; sodium 2165.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (55)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2012
No dutch oven just a plain ol' cast iron skillet. I made one small change. I don't normally keep parsley on hand (and I forgot to pick it up this week during the grocery shopping) so instead of parsley I added two teaspoons of homemade italian seasoning. This ragu was cake seriously 20 minutes it took me to make this not counting the simmering. The end result was fantastic. My husband and kids INHALED this dish--there was NO leftovers. I'll make this again. Read More
(23)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/27/2014
I used 3 1/2 cups of tomato sauce like the recipe calls for and then decided to watch the video to make sure that I was doing it right and the video says to use store bought marinara? You should change the ingredients on this recipe so it won't confuse anymore people! Read More
(6)
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 46
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2012
No dutch oven just a plain ol' cast iron skillet. I made one small change. I don't normally keep parsley on hand (and I forgot to pick it up this week during the grocery shopping) so instead of parsley I added two teaspoons of homemade italian seasoning. This ragu was cake seriously 20 minutes it took me to make this not counting the simmering. The end result was fantastic. My husband and kids INHALED this dish--there was NO leftovers. I'll make this again. Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2012
5 stars for being easy simple and good! This will be my go-to if we just want to use italian sausages instead of my usual sausage/beef mixture. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2012
FANTASTIC! Made the sauce as written and would not change a thing. The flavor that comes out of this after cooking so long is wonderful and sooo flavorful! I used cellantani (sp?) pasta instead of penne b/c that's what I had on hand. This is definitely a new pasta favorite~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2013
This was delicious. Did not change the recipe at all. My dinner guest ate himself into a carb-induced coma. So simple - will be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/27/2014
I used 3 1/2 cups of tomato sauce like the recipe calls for and then decided to watch the video to make sure that I was doing it right and the video says to use store bought marinara? You should change the ingredients on this recipe so it won't confuse anymore people! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2012
Absolutely delicious! My husband loved it. Easy to make and I will make it again and again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2015
So I come home from work one night and my husband says he has dinner taken care of. The house smells amazing, but yet I was still a little worried because the husband is not a make dinner from scratch sort of guy. I was glad he found this recipe. It was the first of many we've made from Chef John. In fact we've made it so many times I don't even have to look at the recipe anymore. I've made it with wine and also with chicken stock and a little cider vinegar and we like it both ways. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2013
The only thing I changed was using 16 oz of pasta instead of 14oz. This has become one of my family and I favorite dishes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2016
Another fantastic recipe. Simple yet delicious! Read More
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