Fresh Tomato and Sausage Ragu

Use your fresh garden tomatoes to make homemade pasta sauce this summer. This easy tomato sausage ragu recipe will make you think twice about pulling out a can of tomatoes.

Homemade Pasta Sauce with FRESH Tomatoes and Italian Sausage | #tomato #pasta

The first few edible plants I ever had luck with were mint, basil and tomatoes.

That first year I started a “garden” in large pots on my deck, I was so thrilled when I finally had a fistful of fresh mint to make iced tea, and just enough basil and tomatoes to make homemade pasta sauce.

It was a small batch of my favorite ragu recipe, mind you, but a satisfying feat nonetheless.

Ragu Recipe with FRESH Tomatoes and Italian Sausage | #tomato #pasta

Nowadays, I’m still not a great gardener, but I do happen to get a mess of tomatoes each year, along with a healthy amount of basil and mint. Everything else I plant is a crapshoot.

There’s just nothing like cooking with fresh garden tomatoes. The flavor is so sweet and perky it can’t be replicated by something found in a tin can.

This homemade pasta sauce is a family favorite, because it’s blend of fresh garden flavors, italian sausage and a touch of wine.

How to make FRESH Tomato Pasta Sauce

You start by scoring and blanching fresh tomatoes, just long enough that the skins slip off.

Blanching Tomatoes

Then once the sausage is browned, add onions, garlic, basil and those lovely fresh tomatoes to the sausage.

Homemade Pasta Sauce

Pour in a little wine and a spoonful or two of tomato paste for thickening, and slow cook to perfection.

Perfection takes about an hour or so…

Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce with FRESH Tomatoes and Italian Sausage | #tomato #pastaModern Grace Bowls from Villeroy & Boch.

Serve this homemade pasta sauce over your favorite pasta. Of course, I used Delallo pasta, going with Delallo’s Organic Whole Wheat Rigatoni so the sauce would fill the tubes and provide that extra punch of flavor in every bite!

This ragu recipe is so simple, it’s sure to become one of your favorites as well. It’s a great way to use up your garden tomatoes this year.

Easy Ragu Recipe with FRESH Tomatoes and Italian Sausage | #tomato #pasta


Yield: 1.5 quarts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours

Homemade Pasta Sauce - Ragu Recipe with Tomato and Sausage


  • 3 1/2 lbs. fresh roma tomatoes (plum tomatoes)
  • 1 lb. italian sausage
  • 2 Tb. butter
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 Tb. tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lb. Delallo Pasta (I used Whole Wheat Rigatoni)


  1. Boil a large pot of water and gently score the top of each tomato. Once the water is boiling, carefully drop the tomatoes into the water and blanch for 1-2 minutes. Scoop the tomatoes out of the water with a slotted spoon and place in a large bowl of ice water. Once the tomatoes are cool, peel off the skins--they should slip right off. Chop the tomatoes and set aside.
  2. Place a large pot over medium heat. Melt the butter in the pot and brown the sausage, breaking it apart with your spoon. Add the onions and garlic then saute another 5 minutes to soften the onions.
  3. Add in the tomatoes, chopped basil, wine, tomato paste, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover, lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Remove the lid and simmer another 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain the pasta and serve with a hearty amount of the warm ragu.

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42 Responses to “Fresh Tomato and Sausage Ragu”

  1. #
    Belinda @zomppa — June 10, 2013 @ 4:23 am

    How awesome to have your own garden for a great recipe!


  2. #
    Tieghan — June 10, 2013 @ 5:52 am

    Your garden sounds awesome and I am jealous! I can not get a whole lot to grow were I live.

    This ragu is calling my name! I love summer pastas!


  3. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — June 10, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    And now I’m craving pasta and sauce at 7:27am. ;) I think I’ll just keep eating like I’m in Austin.


  4. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 10, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    love the use of fresh produce from your own garden in this recipe!! this looks so comforting and delectable!


  5. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 10, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    Incredible summer pasta dish, Sommer! I love how easy your recipe is, too! Thanks for sharing. :)


  6. #
    marla — June 10, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    Such a beautiful recipe!!


  7. #
    Heather @ Heather's Dish — June 10, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    I could just devour my computer screen right now – YUM!


  8. #
    Brianna — June 10, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    We eat whole wheat noodles exclusively in our house, they are so much heartier, not to mention better for you. What a great summer recipe!


  9. #
    Heather Christo — June 10, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    oh my, this looks SO good!!!


  10. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 10, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    Perfect use for my fresh tomatoes!


  11. #
    Aimee @ Simple Bites — June 10, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    An hour to wait is nothing when perfection is the end goal. Looks like you reached it, Sommer!


  12. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — June 10, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    Love all of those fresh tomatoes. This sounds so great!!


  13. #
    Gaby — June 10, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    omg. send me a few bowls of this! EVERYTHING about it looks amazing


  14. #
    Jenny Flake — June 10, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Yes please!! Loving this!!


  15. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — June 10, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    I am envious of your garden, it sounds magical. And so does this sauce.


  16. #
    BusyWorkingMama — June 10, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    Looks delicious! I made something similar this weekend.


  17. #
    Teresa @SassySuburbanite — June 10, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    This sounds so delicious and fresh. I think this is a recipe that my Italian husband will enjoy. Thank you.


  18. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — June 10, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Oh, how I adore sausage in my tomato based pasta sauces! Your sauce looks delish. Thank goodness Delallo offers fabulous gluten free pasta! Thanks for sharing, Sommer!


  19. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 10, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    I’ve got to get some tomatoes planted! This looks wonderful!


  20. #
    Sika — June 10, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    What a wonderful recipe. I definitely have to try it. It sounds so delicious.


  21. #
    Nancy Long — June 10, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    I’m so jealous – the sun is so hot in the tiny spot I have to plant in that not much does well, including tomatoes. The only thing I have this year is my old reliable rosemary plant. We’ve had so many disappointments that hubby didn’t do anything this year and I’m not able to anymore


  22. #
    nessa — June 10, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    Need this in my life!


  23. #
    najwa kronfel — June 10, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    Great recipe and simple to make!! The sauce sounds fantastic.


  24. #
    naomi — June 10, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    So perfect and so easy! Love it.


  25. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — June 10, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    fabulous girl!


  26. #
    Maria — June 10, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    Great pasta dish!


  27. #
    Aggie — June 11, 2013 @ 5:39 am

    I seriously love a good chunky homemade sauce like this one. So fresh!! Looks amazingly delicious Sommer!


  28. #
    katie — June 11, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    your tomatoes look amazing! Congrats! It was great getting to spend some time with you this past weekend at BHF!


  29. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 11, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Thiiiiiiis is what dreams are made of.


  30. #
    RavieNomNoms — June 11, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    I love rigatoni! It is so hearty and delicious!


  31. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 11, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    This looks delightful!!


  32. #
    gina @ skinnytaste — June 11, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Looks delicious!!!


  33. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — June 12, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    Summer tomato perfection! I love a fresh tomato sauce, and would have no problem waiting an hour for this to cook!!


  34. #
    Christine (Cook the Story) — June 12, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    Oh! You’ve just made me soooo miss having a garden (and not living somewhere so scorching hot that every attempt I make to grow tomatoes results in yellow leaves and tears). This ragu looks and sounds delicious. I might try it with grocery store tomatoes.


  35. #
    Jeanette — June 12, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    That is a seriously meaty sauce – my boys would devour that!


  36. #
    Angie — June 12, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    I love pasta! Such a great comfort dish!


  37. #
    Cassie — June 12, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    I have recently learned to love Italian sausage in pasta sauce. This looks incredible!


  38. #
    ashley - baker by nature — June 13, 2013 @ 5:15 am

    I LOVE pasta dishes like this!!! Gorgeous creation, lady :)


  39. #
    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — June 13, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Oh, how I would love to have my won garden. I have some serious garden envy right now.
    And this pasta dish, just perfect for a weeknight dinner


  40. #
    Nutmeg nanny — June 16, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    Oh my goodness, this looks so perfect! I want this now :)


  41. #
    Russell — June 17, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    What a great combination of flavors. I love meals like this.


  42. #
    Shaina — June 18, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    What a lovely sauce!


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