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Fresh Tomato and Sausage Ragu

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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.

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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.

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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 | ASpicyPerspective.com #tomato #pasta

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 | ASpicyPerspective.com #tomato #pasta

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Homemade Pasta Sauce - Ragu Recipe with Tomato and Sausage

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
This easy tomato sausage ragu recipe for homemade pasta sauce will make you think twice about pulling out a can of tomatoes.
Servings: 6 cups


  • 3 1/2 pounds fresh roma tomatoes plum tomatoes
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound Delallo Pasta I used Whole Wheat Rigatoni


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add in the tomatoes, chopped basil, wine, tomato paste, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover, lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  • 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.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 644kcal, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 67mg, Sodium: 644mg, Potassium: 975mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 2615IU, Vitamin C: 43.3mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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45 comments on “Fresh Tomato and Sausage Ragu”

  1. Great recipe! The instructions were easy to follow, and it made a very elevated dish!
    Tons of flavor from the fresh tomatoes and basil. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I made this using fresh tomatoes from the garden – it is fantastic. Made it for a second time this week.

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  4. What a lovely sauce!

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

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

  7. 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

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

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

  10. I love this pasta! Such a great comfort dish!

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. I love rigatoni! It is so hearty and delicious!

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

  16. Thiiiiiiis is what dreams are made of.

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

  18. Great pasta dish!

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

  20. Need this in my life!

  21. 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. So perfect and so easy! Love it.

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

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

  25. 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!

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

  27. Looks delicious! I made something similar this weekend.

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

  29. Yes please!! Loving this!!

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

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

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

  33. Perfect use for my fresh tomatoes!

  34. oh my, this looks SO good!!!

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

  36. Such a beautiful recipe!!

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

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

  39. 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!

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

  41. 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!

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