Sweet and spicy sausage pasta sauce

Sweet and spicy sausage pasta sauce


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About this recipe: This sausage pasta sauce is packed with flavour. You can use Italian sausages with the casings removed, or regular sausagemeat can be used.


Serves: 8 

  • 450g spicy Italian sausagemeat
  • 60ml white wine
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 80g fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 60ml red wine
  • 4 tablespoons dried Italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pinch dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 500g passata
  • 350g tomato puree
  • 4 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

  1. Place sausagemeat in a large, deep frying pan. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pan combine white wine, onion, mushrooms and pepper. Cook on medium heat until vegetables are tender. Stir in red wine, Italian herbs, red chilli, bay leaves, oregano, onion powder, garlic granules, basil, rosemary, allspice, salt, thyme, sage, marjoram, passata, tomato puree and sausagemeat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. Stir in dark brown soft sugar and icing sugar; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.


You can omit the sugar entirely, or simply start out with a tablespoon at a time to taste.

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