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In this post, you’ll learn the authentic Italian sausage sauce recipe made with tomato paste, spices, and wine.

Traditionally, the Italian sausage sauce recipe is made with tomato paste, a dash of wine, cinnamon, cloves, and bay leaves: spices that exalt the flavor and abate the greasiness of Italian sausages.

This classic Italian sausage ragu is perfect for fresh egg pasta like tagliatelle or pappardelle. Their rough surface holds perfectly the rich sauce, and every bite becomes a delicious experience. But you can use the sausage sauce also to season polenta (check how to cook polenta here), fill lasagna, or top crostini.

Italian sausage sauce on tagliatelle pasta
Italian sausage sauce poured over tagliatelle pasta

authentic Italian sausage sauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Italian sausages
  • 1 white or yellow onion
  • 1 glass red wine
  • 21 oz tomato paste (passata) - 600 gr
  • 8 cloves
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 4 bay leaves


  1. Coarsely chop the onion.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot and brown the onion over medium heat, about 10 minutes.
  3. Slice the sausages into medium/big chunks and add them to the pot. Brown them a couple of minutes, stirring to brown all sides.
  4. Add wine, a teaspoon of salt, and a few grinds of pepper.
  5. When the wine has evaporated (alcohol smell gone), add the passata and the spices.
  6. Cover, lower heat to low/medium, and cook 25 minutes.

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Italian sausage sauce with sausage chunks
Italian sausage sauce poured over tagliatelle pasta and sprinkled with parmesan cheese

Enjoy your sausage sauce!


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