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Chunky Sausage and Vegetable Pasta Sauce

  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: dinner, main


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!



  • 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 (24 oz each) your favorite tomato-based pasta sauce
  • 1 TB granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add 2 jars tomato-based pasta sauce, 1 TB sugar, oregano, and basil. Stir to combine well.
  4. Simmer 20-30 minutes. If needed, add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. *Note: Pasta sauce keeps well in airtight container in fridge for several days. Sauce alone may also be frozen if sealed airtight.