When it is one of those nights that you don’t know what to make for dinner, try this spaghetti and Italian sausage recipe. Not only is this spaghetti and Italian sausage recipe delicious, but it is easy, cheap, and easy to customize if you have any dietary restrictions. This recipe is an excellent go-to recipe idea for busy nights.
I make many recipes that are easy and do not take a lot of time at my house. I have four daughters, as well as an in-home daycare provider, which keeps me very busy – so that is why I love making this spaghetti and Italian sausage recipe because it is quick, can feed my big family, and the kids love it. We make this recipe once a week.
How to make spaghetti and Italian sausage?
1- In a saucepan, brown the Italian sausage. Drain if it needs to be drained. When the meat is almost brown, add onions and garlic. Mix and stir for about 2 minutes.
2- Add Italian style stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, and dried herbs. Mix well.
3- Season with black pepper and a pinch of sugar. The sugar balances the sourness of the tomatoes and gives the sauce a perfect taste. Simmer for at least one hour minutes
4- When the meat sauce is about to be done and you are ready to eat, cook spaghetti according to what’s written on the package instruction.
5- Combine cooked spaghetti and the Italian sausage sauce so the spaghetti can absorb the sauce. Serve and top with parmesan cheese and fresh Italian parsley.
Ingredients for Spaghetti and Italian sausage
Here are what we need:
Spaghetti: You can use any of your favorite pasta brands. I really like the Barilla brand spaghetti, they’re delicious and the price is so affordable. They have gluten-free pasta even veggie pasta too.
Ground Italian sausage: You can chose from spicy, mild or sweet. I prefer the sweet more in my spaghetti but that’s just me.
Italian style stewed tomatoes: I love using the Italian style stewed tomatoes because it has a really good Italian herbs that makes the sauce tastes so good.
Tomato sauce: Adds acidity to the stewed tomatoes.
Garlic cloves: Minced
Dried Italian seasoning
Sugar: It balances the acidity of the tomatoes and boost the flavor of the sauce.
Parmesan cheese: Optional. Used to garnish the dish
SPAGHETTI AND ITALIAN SAUSAGE
- 1 lb Spaghetti
- 1 lb Sweet Italian sausage
- 1/2 Cup Onion Chopped
- 3 Garlic cloves Minced
- 1 Can 14.5 Oz Italian style stewed tomatoes
- 1 Can 8 Oz Tomato sauce
- 1 tsp Italian seasonings
- 1 tsp Sugar To taste
- 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan cheese Optional
- 1- In a saucepan, brown the Italian sausage. Drain if it needs to be drained. When the meat is almost brown, add onions and garlic. Mix and stir for about 2 minutes.2- Add Italian style stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, and dried herbs. Mix well.3- Season with black pepper and a pinch of sugar. The sugar balances the sourness of the tomatoes and gives the sauce a perfect taste. Simmer for at least one hour minutes4- When the meat sauce is about to be done and you are ready to eat, cook spaghetti according to what's written on the package instruction. 5- Combine cooked spaghetti and the Italian sausage sauce so the spaghetti can absorb the sauce. Serve and top with parmesan cheese and fresh Italian parsley!Enjoy!
Tips to make this recipe at half the cost?
Let me show you how I make this recipe at half the cost. Keep in mind that depending on where you live and where you shop, prices can be different.
I can make this recipe for under $10 for everything; I will not go into full details, but here is how I score great deals for this recipe:
- I use generic pasta brands; they taste as good as the brand names ones. You can buy the generic brands for less than a dollar at Walmart. But if you don’t like the generic brands, try a different brand that is affordable. The sauce is what makes the spaghetti delicious, not the pasta itself.
- I buy my dried herbs in bulk; they’re much cheaper.
- I shop at a store like Walmart, Winco Foods, Safeway, places that have affordable prices. It’s cheaper there compare to fancy health food stores. But I go to the health food stores when they’re running a sale or if they have good deals.
- Italian sausage is around $4, but they’re cheaper than that when they’re on sale, so I stock up and save it for later because I make this recipe a lot.
- I buy the generic brands for the canned tomatoes.
So yeah! Now you know why I love this recipe because it helps us save so much money.
How to store the cooked spaghetti and Italian sausage?
This recipe is a great recipe for meal prepping. You can make the pasta sauce ahead of time, and you can store it in the fridge for up to four days; it lasts up to four months if you keep it in the freezer in an airtight container.
It’s better if you do not freeze the cooked spaghetti, only freeze the meat sauce. And when you are ready to eat the sauce, leave it in the fridge to thaw or cook it in a pan on low heat or just put it in the microwave. It’s so easy.
If you are looking for more easy recipes, try our Easy chicken Alfredo pasta with store bought sauce, it’s fast and delicious! And for an easy dessert, try our delicious Grape salad recipe.
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