5 from 2 votes
Sausage Ragù
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins

Sausage Ragù is a tomato-based meat sauce made with Italian sausage. It's amazing on pasta, as a base for lasagna and as leftovers. Sausage Ragù also freezes beautifully for an anytime meal straight from your freezer. If you really want to be creative, use it to make Italian Nachos!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 617.55 kcal
Author: Chula King
  • 1 pound mild or sweet Italian sausage (See Tip 1)
  • 2 cups chopped onion (1 large onion)
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots (1 large)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery (1 to 2 stalks)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounce can whole tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Minced parsley for garnish (optional)
  • 16 ounces Rotini, prepared according to package directions (See Tip 2)
  1. Crumble the sausage in a large skillet or Dutch oven set over medium heat. Cook, breaking up any large pieces, until most of the pink is gone, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add onions, carrots, celery, parsley and garlic; stir to combine. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender and are beginning to caramelize, 40 to 45 minutes.

  3. Pour tomatoes into a bowl; break up with hands or a spoon. Add tomatoes and their juice, thyme, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 20 to 25 minutes.

  4. Whisk tomato paste with 1 cup of water. Add to ragù; stir to combine. Continue cooking uncovered over medium-low heat until mixture is thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Correct seasonings.

  5. Serve over pasta; top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and minced parsley. Yield: 6 servings. (See Tip 3)

Chula's Expert Tips
  1. If your Italian sausage is in casings, use the tip of a small knife to slit open the casings. Remove the sausage from the casings and proceed as above.
  2. You can use whatever pasta you desire.
  3. Leftovers, if any can be refrigerated and reheated, or frozen for later use.
Nutrition Facts
Sausage Ragù
Amount Per Serving
Calories 617.55 Calories from Fat 227
% Daily Value*
Fat 25.26g39%
Saturated Fat 8.82g44%
Cholesterol 57.46mg19%
Sodium 1184.02mg49%
Potassium 1043.77mg30%
Carbohydrates 74.42g25%
Fiber 6.33g25%
Sugar 11.57g13%
Protein 23.78g48%
Vitamin A 2617.48IU52%
Vitamin C 28.5mg35%
Calcium 105.11mg11%
Iron 4.35mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.