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Simple to make, and bursting with flavor. It will not disappoint.
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Tony’s Pasta

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. Tony's Pasta is bursting with flavor, and simple to make. It will not disappoint!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 630kcal
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
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If desired, garnish with fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese
  • Serve with pasta (rotini or ziti), a fresh baguette, a tossed green salad, and a light red wine such as Beaujolais.
  • Yield: 6 servings.


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


Calories: 630kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1069mg | Potassium: 1035mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Vitamin C: 32.6mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4.1mg