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Chunky Sausage and Vegetable Pasta Sauce

Many of us have favorite go-to pasta sauces.  The one I’m sharing today is my all-time, best, most favorite tomato-based pasta sauce that’s a weeknight staple.

Simple, but absolutely uncompromising in flavor.

Because busy weeks leading up to major holidays are all about doable yet yummy meals.

Chunky Vegetable and Sausage Pasta Sauce

There are those weekend dinners throughout the year that we want to serve up something with a little flair, like this scrumptious  Pasta Bolognese,  rich French Beef Stew, or Seafood Cioppino.

But most weeknights, our lofty supper goal is to fill those hungry peeps with food that’s nutritious, straightforward, and definitely delish.  Hungry Ones reaching for seconds always makes me smile.

The virtues of simple comfort food.  Ahh…

Pasta with Chunky Vegetable and Sausage Sauce

If you missed it, we just answered dinner’s call with with this easy, cheesy Baked Tortellini Casserole and wonderful Moist, Tender Meatloaf.  And I have to bring back this awesomely easy Mexican Chicken Stew, because it’s one of our staples in the fall/winter months.

But now, it’s time to talk pasta sauce.

Blissful red pasta sauce that is hearty, chock-full of veggies, browned sausage, and herbs.

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This Sausage and Vegetable Pasta Sauce is beautifully versatile like only a great sauce can be – pour it over any shape or size pasta you desire. Looking for another way to enjoy sausage and pasta? Try this baked sausage penne!

Dip your artisan rosemary bread into it.  The results are all the same – scrumptious.

Naturally, you can make it meatless simply by leaving out the sausage and keeping all the glorious veggies.

Enjoy 🙂

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Chunky Sausage and Vegetable Pasta Sauce

Chunky Sausage and Vegetable Pasta Sauce

5 from 1 vote
This Chunky Sausage and Vegetable Pasta Sauce is simple and flavorful. It's a favorite weeknight meal. Leftover sauce tastes even better the next day!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amy Dong


  • 2 lbs ground Italian sausage
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 2 large sweet bell peppers or ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 jars tomato-based pasta sauce, 24 oz each your favorite
  • 1 TB granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • In a heavy large pot, heat 2 TB olive oil. Brown ground sausage, stirring and breaking up the meat until cooked through. Transfer to separate bowl and set aside.
  • In the same large pot, heat 3 TB olive oil. Add garlic and onion, and saute until translucent. Add in bell peppers, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp black pepper. Continue to cook another minute. Add browned sausage back to the pot, and stir to combine.
  • Add 2 jars tomato-based pasta sauce, 1 TB sugar, oregano, and basil. Stir to combine well.
  • Simmer 20-30 minutes. If needed, add salt and pepper to taste.
  • *Note: Pasta sauce keeps well in airtight container in fridge for several days. Sauce alone may also be frozen if sealed airtight.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 833mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1291IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: American Italian

Source:  Chew Out Loud

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    • Jackie


    That spaghetti looks so good, do you have the recipe on your blog.

        • Philip

        Awesome sauce!! I’ve been cooking similar sauce for years. I add mushrooms and zucchini to it’s well. One of our favorite dinners with this sauce is eggplant parmigiana. For EP I add parmesan cheese to the sauce and bread crumbs. Thanks for some great ideas I will continue to follow.

        • chewoutloud

        Thanks for following, Philip! So glad you like this sauce. Your parmigiana sounds delish 🙂

    • Jackie


    What brand of pasta sauce did you use in this recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      I have typically used Hunts Premium sauces, as they are chunky with great flavor. But since I started moving to glass jars vs. cans, I have not landed on a specific brand. Use your favorite brand; if it tastes good to you, you will like the results 🙂

    • Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs

    Yum. What a beautiful dish. <3

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks! It’s truly yummers :).

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