5 from 1 vote
Simple to make, and bursting with flavor. It will not disappoint.
Tony’s Pasta
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Years ago a colleague named Tony (who by the way was Italian), brought an incredible pasta dish to an office gathering. I asked him for the recipe, and he graciously agreed. The last time that I remember making Tony’s Pasta was in 1991 (yes, I’m that old!) for a family gathering. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t made it again until now, but I guess that’s life. Anyway, you should try this – it’s bursting with flavor, and simple to make. It will not disappoint!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 630 kcal
Author: Chula King
  • 1 pound Sweet Italian Sausage casings removed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 14.5 ounce can petit diced tomatoes
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish optional
  • 16 ounces Rotini or other pasta cooked according to package directions
  1. Meatballs: Form Italian Sausage into 1-inch balls. Place on a baking sheet with sides, lined with non-stick aluminum foil. Cook at 350º F for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and drain thoroughly on paper towels, pressing as much grease as possible from cooked meatballs.
  2. Sauce: Heat olive oil to a 12-inch skillet or Dutch oven. Add onions, and bell pepper. Cook over medium heat until onion begins to look transparent (8 to 10 minutes). Add garlic; cook for 30 seconds, or until garlic is fragrant. Add mushrooms and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the seasonings, petit diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. (If sauce is too thick add a small amount of water.) Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated. Add meatballs and cook over low heat for 30 minutes (or longer if desired). Correct seasonings.
  3. If desired, garnish with fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese
  4. Serve with pasta (rotini or ziti), a fresh baguette, a tossed green salad, and a light red wine such as Beaujolais.
  5. Yield: 6 servings.

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NOTE: This freezes well. The flavor improves if made the day before and reheated before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Tony’s Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 630 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 1069mg45%
Potassium 1035mg30%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 655IU13%
Vitamin C 32.6mg40%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.