Italian Sausage Spaghetti Sauce

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Italian Sausage Spaghetti Sauce
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This “Italian Sausage Spaghetti Sauce” won the Grand Prize of a Trip to Italy in the 1985 Hunt’s Great Spaghetti Hunt.


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds Italian sausage
  • 1 can (6 ounces) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
  • 1 can (28 ounces) Hunt’s Whole Tomatoes, pureed in blender
  • 1 can (8 ounces) Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
  • 1 whole onion, not chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, not chopped
  • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 4 ounces grated Parmesan
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven; add garlic and sauté briefly. Add sausage, casings removed, and cook until browned, breaking up with a spoon. Remove from pan and set aside. Add tomato paste to pan and cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. Add the pureed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Return sausage to pan and stir. Add remaining ingredients except Parmesan and salt; simmer 15 minutes. Add cheese, a little at a time, until dissolved. Simmer, covered, for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove whole onion and green pepper; discard. Salt to taste. Spoon over hot spaghetti.
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Yield: 6-8

2 Responses to “Italian Sausage Spaghetti Sauce”

  1. Linda Loring Shea October 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    I have been making this spaghetti sauce for YEARS! I cut the recipe out of the Boston Globe many years ago, but was missing the last couple of steps. So I thought I would try to find it online. And voila! I love this sauce!

  2. Linda Bryant April 28, 2022 at 7:48 pm #

    I too have used this sauce for years, but the last time I made it, it didn’t taste like I thought it should, so I tried looking the original recipe up online. BINGO. I can now go back to the original that was soooooo good. I thought the lady that won that cook off was from Ocean Springs, MS. Not sure but she sure made an impression on me and I will continue to make it, only now I will go back to the original. Thank you Ms. Futral. I think I started using her recipe in 82′. I too only use Hunt’s Products. They are the best.

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