Italian Sausage Ragu

Italian Sausage Ragu | Black Girl Chef's Whites



One good meat sauce is all you need.  This is that sauce.

OK, there are a million fantastic meat sauce recipes out there. But this is mine. And I like it.

I hope you do too.


Recipe: Italian Sausage Ragu


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes in sauce
  • 1 cup water


  1. In a large skillet, over medium high flame, heat the olive oil, and brown the sausage.
  2. Remove the sausage from the skillet and reserve.
  3. Add the onion, cook 3 – 4 minutes until softened.
  4. Add the garlic, thyme, basil, salt, fennel seed and red pepper flakes.
  5. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1 – 2 minutes, until the garlic and spices are fragrant.
  6. Add the can of tomatoes, including the juice, and the water.
  7. Using the spoon, break up the tomatoes.
  8. Return the sausage to the pan.
  9. Bring the sauce to a boil, them reduce to a simmer.
  10. Simmer the sauce for about 30 – 40 minutes, until the flavors have developed.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 40 minute(s)

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