If you like sausage, you'll love this thick, meaty sauce! Try sweet Italian sausage for a less spicy version.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage until evenly brown.

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  • Mix the red onion, garlic, and capers into the skillet, and cook until onion is tender. Mix in the mashed whole tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and red wine. Season with basil, parsley, oregano, red pepper, black pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place the ziti in the pot, cook 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.

  • Serve the sauce mixture over the cooked pasta. Top with Romano cheese.

Nutrition Facts

440.3 calories; 20.7 g protein; 56.2 g carbohydrates; 38.3 mg cholesterol; 839.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2009
This is a wonderful spicy Italian sauce. I followed it exactly and I loved the flavors the capers bring to the sauce. Next time I might leave out the extra crushed red pepper flakes. It thickened up nicely by letting it simmer without a cover. Overall it was a big hit! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2010
This was enjoyable but not outstanding. I did add a few mushrooms and a little chopped green pepper for a little extra texture and colour. I just thought this had far too much tomato for my test buds did enjoy the hot taste. Not sure its a recipe I will be making again - Sorry! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2009
This is a wonderful spicy Italian sauce. I followed it exactly and I loved the flavors the capers bring to the sauce. Next time I might leave out the extra crushed red pepper flakes. It thickened up nicely by letting it simmer without a cover. Overall it was a big hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2009
This is a wonderful spicy Italian sauce. I followed it exactly and I loved the flavors the capers bring to the sauce. Next time I might leave out the extra crushed red pepper flakes. It thickened up nicely by letting it simmer without a cover. Overall it was a big hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2007
YUMMMMMM!!! Husband and kids couldn't stop raving or eating! (And let me add that spaghetti is NOT on the list of favorite meals in our house!) I made a few minor revisions based on ingredients I had on hand-- eliminated red wine and capers, used petite diced tomatoes instead of crushed, added a small can of tomato paste and a tad of sugar, used half hot sausage and half sweet. DELICIOUS!!!! This is the sauce we've been looking for. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2008
This is excellent sauce. I made as directed except for increasing the sausage by 1/3 and using half bulk and half sliced link for texture - and I used penne pasta because that's what I had. I would really recommend NOT omitting the capers or the wine - they are what makes this sauce special. Thanks for the recipe - a keeper!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2007
This is a wonderfully easy delicious recipe! I followed it pretty closely except I used turkey sausage to reduce fat and I left out the capers because I didn't have any. I drained the whole tomatoes and then mashed them before adding to the sausage. I reduced the pepper(s) to 1/8 tsp. each because my husband is not a fan of spicy food but the wine & spices still added plenty of flavor. I let it simmer for about an hour and it made a thick rich sauce. I'll definitely be making this again. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2007
I've made this a few times and it's wonderful and very easy. We like things spicy so I put a bit extra crushed peppers. If you don't like it hot I'd try some papricka instead of crushed red peppers. It's a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2005
I followed this recipe exactly and my husband said it was the best sauce he'd ever had. Thanks sooooooooo much! I love to see that gleam in his eye. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2009
Great stuff. Kids loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2010
This sauce is excellent. I've tried many homemade versions of sugo and this is great. So easy to make. Why would anyone buy bottled sauce? This is inexpensive to make. Nice and thick rich tomato taste fresh ingredients. My husband loved it as well as I. Will make it again. If anyone wanted to substitute the meat they could as the rich sauce carries any flavor well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2009
Holy Cow! I loved this!!! Flavors turned out sooo good! Next time will triple the recipe and freeze it! Great over any pasta... sooo much better than store bought! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2010
This was enjoyable but not outstanding. I did add a few mushrooms and a little chopped green pepper for a little extra texture and colour. I just thought this had far too much tomato for my test buds did enjoy the hot taste. Not sure its a recipe I will be making again - Sorry! Read More
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