Sausage Ragu

Sausage ragu combines sausage meat, diced peppers and onions, and a couple of simple seasonings to make a flavourful and hearty pasta sauce with a short list of ingredients and minimal effort.

a bowl of sausage ragu over zucchini noodles


Do you love easy, flavourful meals as much as I do?  If so, this sausage ragu is for you!

With only 7 simple ingredients, 2 easy steps and 30 minutes or simmering you can have a rich flavoured and satisfying meat sauce on your plate.

The secret is in the sausage – it’s not just for grilling! It’s also my secret for an easy, full flavoured meat sauce.

Hot Italian sausages come seasoned with flavours like garlic, fennel, and red pepper flakes and I like to trow a little tarragon in the sauce to bring out a little more of the anise flavour of the sausages.  Just combine with some diced veggies, and some tomato puree and let it simmer away for the easiest and best tasting meat sauce!

This sauce is pretty filling on its own so I like to serve it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash to keep dinner on the healthier side, but it is also excellent served over pasta.


How to make sausage ragu

Start by removing the casings from the sausage.  This can be easily done by using scissors to cut them from end to end.

Heat a dutch oven or any other heavy bottomed pan to a medium low heat then add the sausages.  Break the sausage meat up using a wooden spoon or other tool and cook it until it has browned.

When the meat has browned, add the diced peppers and onions.  I like to dice these up fairly small so that they kind of melt into the sauce and flavour it throughout.

browning sausage and sautéing veggies

After sauteeing the veggies for a couple of minutes add the tomato puree and spices.  Give everything a good stir, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes and you are ready to eat!

cooking sausage ragu

Tips and Tricks for the best sauce

  • The quality of your sauce starts with the quality of your sausage – I like leaner sausages because they don’t make the sauce too greasy
  • Don’t skip the simmering time, and if you have longer let it cook a bit more – the longer it simmers the richer the flavour gets
  • It’s really easy to make a double batch and put an extra dinner away in the freezer – this sauce freezes great.

a top down view of sausage ragu on zoodles

Dietary Considerations and Accommodations

This recipe for sausage is suitable for the following diets:

  • gluten free
  • dairy free
  • low carb


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Sausage Ragu

a thick and hearty meat sauce made with sausage meat and peppers
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword sausage ragu
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 461kcal
Author Courtney


  • 500 g hot Italian sausage casing removed
  • 1⁄2 green pepper diced
  • 1⁄2 red pepper diced
  • 1⁄2 white onion diced
  • 2.5 cups tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp tarragon
  • 2 tsp oregano


  • Heat a dutch oven to medium heat and add the sausage. Break it up while cooking. When the sausage is cooked, add the vegetables. Saute until tender.
  • Add the tomato puree and spices. Season well with sea salt and pepper.
  • Cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes for the flavours to combine.

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