Easy Italian Sausage Spaghetti

Quick and easy spaghetti recipe with Italian sausage. The tomato-based sauce gets its seasoning from the sweet and spicy sausages. Our favorite way to make spaghetti!

Italian Sausage Spaghetti
Elise Bauer

Everyone has their favorite way of making spaghetti sauce. Ours is incredibly easy and crazy good, especially considering how easy it is to make.

There's no special formula or hours of simmering. You just cook some chopped onions and garlic, brown some Italian sausage, and add some puréed canned tomatoes.

My parents and I have been making spaghetti this way for years. They first heard about it on a Martha Stewart show, where Martha had picked it up from a chef in New York City.

The beauty of this spaghetti recipe is that it is very easy to make and you don't have to add any seasoning to achieve wonderful flavor. The sauce gets all of its seasoning from two Italian sausages—one sweet, one spicy.

Italian Sausage Spaghetti
Elise Bauer

Easy Italian Sausage Spaghetti

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 3 to 4 servings

This spaghetti recipe is light on the sauce, which is more typical of how spaghetti is actually served in Italy. If you would like more sauce, you may want to thin it with water, or add more canned tomatoes to the sauce.

Make the sauce and the spaghetti simultaneously. The sauce should be done in the time it takes to heat the pasta water and cook the spaghetti.

Feel free to vary the amount of sausage for the sauce. We use anywhere from 1/2 pound to a full pound of Italian sausage, half sweet, half spicy.


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 6 ounces (170g) Italian sweet sausage (or one 7 to 8 inch link)

  • 6 ounces (170gItalian hot and spicy sausage (or one 7 to 8 inch link)

  • 1 large (28oz, 794g) can of crushed tomatoes (or purée a can of whole peeled tomatoes)

  • 1 pound (16oz, 450g) spaghetti pasta

  • Salt

  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Sauté onions and garlic:

    Heat a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet on medium or medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook a minute more.

  2. Put pasta water on to boil:

    While the onions are cooking, put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta (4 quarts water, 2 Tbsp salt).

  3. Brown the sausage:

    Remove the cooked onion and garlic from the pan and set aside. Remove the sausage meat from the casings (if your sausage is in links) and add to the pan, breaking up the meat with your fingers as you add it to the pan. Cook on medium heat until just lightly browned.

  4. Add tomatoes, onions, garlic:

    Add crushed or puréed canned tomatoes with their juices to the skillet with the sausage meat. Add the cooked onions and garlic. Heat to a bare simmer.

  5. Boil the spaghetti pasta:

    Once the pasta water has come to a rolling boil, add the spaghetti pasta. Allow the water to return to a rolling boil. Cook, uncovered, with a vigorous boil, for as long as the directions on the pasta package say, usually about 10-12 minutes. When pasta is al dente (cooked but still a little firm), remove the pot from the heat. Drain the pasta and place it in a serving bowl.

    Serve immediately. Toss with the sauce and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.

Italian Sausage Spaghetti
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
491 Calories
20g Fat
54g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 491
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 1106mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 20mg 100%
Calcium 117mg 9%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 944mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.