This sauce was originally inspired by the classic Italian Bolognese sauce with a dash of my mother’s own ragu from my childhood. the result is neither one or the other, but has become my own unique creation over the years. For me this thick, deep and ever-so-rich meat sauce is one of the ultimate comfort foods, one I will pass on to my children and the powers that be willing, their children as well.
Just the smell of this sauce cooking is enough to give my wife hunger pains. While not as intensive as the classic 7 hour Bolognese, the simmer time of just about 2 1/2 to 3 hours is more than long enough to fill our entire home with the aromas of tomato, basil, oregano and thyme. Just after that the sausage begins to give off the wonderful scent of fennel, all in a wondrous symphony for the senses, and the resulting sauce does not dissapoint.
I prefer to cut links of sausage into roughly 1/2 slices for this dish rather than crumble it in. This gives the meat a bit more tooth, somewhat like tiny meat balls rather than just using meat as a component. Vegetarians may of course substitute an equal amount of cooked bulgar or mushrooms for the meat and use vegetable stock or mushroom stock instead of the chicken stock. I’ve made this combination and it works wonderfully.
Italian Style Sausage Ragu (Meat Sauce) Recipe
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 950mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 7gSugar: 16gProtein: 16g
Nothing, really. this is my Go-To ragu recipe. I’ve been making this sauce or variations on it, for the past 20 years. To this day I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like it, so I must be doing something right.
If you would like to freshen the flavors, stir in a handful of fresh parsley or basil just before serving.
Links to other recipes like this:
- Ragu Bolognese, from Seriously Good
- Bolognese Meat Sauce, from the ever lovely Elise at Simply Recipes
- Spaghetti With a Greek Meat Sauce (μακαρονάδα), from Kalofagas
In my part of the world (Rhode Island) this is called gravy. Of course, the stuff you serve with turkey is also called gravy. I don’t know why they both have the same name.
I adore sausages Jerry and this is one mean version of a ragu to serve with pasta. Great, deep rich colour…I can almost smell it from here!
yum, yum, yum. that’s a good looking ragu. i usually make my faux-bolognese with ground beef, pork and lamb, but you can’t go wrong with sausage!
What a great recipe! I love pasta with meat sauce.
Your pasta sauce looks very good. Love the color ! I could live on pasta. Thanks for the recipe.
Whatever you call it, it’s good stuff!
I prefer my ragu once the color has deepened and the flavors of all ingredients have nearly homogenized. That’s why I prefer this with a pretty hearty pasta. Thinner noodles are overwhelmed by it.
that’s a more classic combination and has a wonderful flavor as well. For me the sausage is an ideal choice, as I can get it for less than $3.00
I’m glad you like it! Give it a try and let us know what you think!
you’re quite welcome.
hmm, I think I should had not readen your recipe now… it’s almost dinner time but i’m still at job… anyway, thanks a lot for it: i have a new recipe to try now… and I’m a gret Ragù alla Bolognese coocker so I MUST try it! I will wrte you back my opinion after my family and I will tasted it ;) (but I am already almost sure about the result hehe).