Chunky Tomato Sauce with Italian Sausage Recipe

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Pasta italian sausage

Pasta is one of those comforting hearty dishes that warm your soul. There is just something about a thick sauce full of flavor over spaghetti noodles. I also love that pasta dishes are easy to make. With the addition of Johnsonville Sausage, pasta sauce can easily be spiced up. In fact Johnsonville Italian Sausage is so flavorful, I don’t need to add a lot of spices to my pasta sauce. It makes cooking easy as can be!

pasta sauce ingredients

For this recipe I used Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage. To spice it up a bit more, consider using Hot Italian Sausage. I bet the Sweet Italian would also be delicious. I also love that this recipe has minimal ingredients. Plus I almost always have these ingredients on hand!

tomatoes and sausage

After browning the sausage, add the diced tomatoes and basil to the pan. I simmer the mixture over low heat for about 25-30 minutes so the spices meld together. Simmering also cooks down the chunky tomatoes a bit. If your family is not into chunky tomatoes, you can always use an immersion blender to blend up the diced tomatoes smaller.

Add cream to sauce

The next step is to add the cream and Parmesan cheese. I leave the lid off the pan at this point and simmer on low for an additional five minutes. The sauce will thicken slightly.

italian sausage pasta

Serve over top of your favorite pasta. I used whole wheat spaghetti noodles. This sauce is also very good reheated the next day!

Chunky Tomato Sauce with Italian Sausage Recipe
  • ½ lb. Johnsonville Italian Sausage
  • 1 28 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes with Peppers and Onions
  • ½ Tbls. Dried Basil
  • 1 Cup Half & Half (or heavy cream)
  • ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  1. Cook Italian Sausage according to package directions. Drain fat from sausage.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes and basil to the drained sausage. Cover and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes.
  3. Add half & half and Parmesan cheese to sauce. Simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken.
  4. Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles.

pasta sauce

Make sure you check out my other easy recipes in my recipe index!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Johnsonville Sausage. All opinions expressed are mine.

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Renae is a married working mom of two handsome boys. She works as a registered dental hygienist by day and blogs here at How to Have it All by night. She enjoys cooking from scratch, working in her vegetable garden and functional training.

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