For a ready-made burst of Italian flavour, harness all the wonder of Italian Sausages in my simple and super-tasty Sausage Ragù. Tangy tomatoes meet, sweet fragrant sausage for a wonderful combination of colour, fragrance and flavour.
One of my regular go-to Italian dishes is this wonderful sausage ragù. Using all the pre-flavoured magic of good-quality Italian sausage. Italian sausage recipes generally feature pork and lots of tasty fennel - Italy on a plate! This is a great way to inject the flavour into your tangy tomato sauce and much less hassle than slaving over a traditional Italian meat sauce. Harness all the pre-made deliciousness of Italian sausage with this super tasty ragù sauce.
Stuff you'll need
Making this simple ragù at home isn't taxing in the slightest. Here are some of the key ingredients you'll need - there's a full recipe below.
Italian Sausage - this is one of those times when I say, buy the best quality you can. They'll be the main flavouring, so you'll notice the difference. When you're out shopping for sausage, you might see sweet or spicy varieties. Either is fine, spicy Italian sausage doesn't tend to be that spicy (Even though Italians will warn you before eating!).
Canned Tomato - again, try and buy the best quality you can San Marzano tomatoes are excellent or my favourite tomato brand Mutti (not an ad!) - I use the polpa (pulp) style, but you can use chopped or whole and mash or blend them up.
Onion, celery & garlic - what's a tomato sauce without these?!
Fresh herbs - I mostly use fresh oregano, but also on occasion, basil, marjoram or sage. You can substitute with around 1-2 tsp of dried if you like.
Dry White Wine - I'll also drizzle in a little for flavour, but it's not essential.
A step by step guide
Here's how easy putting together this ragù together is...
Remove the sausage skins
Fry the onion, celery and garlic until soft
Add the sausage and fry fir a little while
Add some wine (if you like)
Add the canned tomato and a little water
Simmer for 30 mins and you're good to go.
What kind of pasta should I use?
This sausage ragu will be just fine with ANY kind of pasta, In this version I used Rigatoni but I often change it up. Here are some of my favourite pasta for sausage ragu.