Restaurant-Style Pasta Sauce with Italian Sausage and Red Wine
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This sauce can also be made in your slow cooker. Simmer it on low for 4 to 6 hours. Serve the sauce over spaghetti, spaghetti squash, your favorite dairy-free ravioli, or other pasta. Keep in mind, the taste of this sauce depends a lot of the sausage you use. Choose a good quality sausage with a flavor that you enjoy.
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can Italian-style tomatoes, crushed with your hands
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup merlot wine (see Wine Note below)
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion and garlic until tender and fragrant.
  2. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and wine.
  3. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat.
  4. Reduce heat to low, stir in the sausage and simmer until the sausage is thoroughly cooked.
  5. Serve over pasta with a side salad, and a glass of merlot!
Wine Note: If you're timid on the wine, you can reduce it to ½ cup. The end result will still be delicious.
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