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Summertime Spaghetti Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Cook: 30 min.

Makes

5 cups

My husband and I look forward to this flavorful sauce when our tomatoes become so abundant and we need to use them up...or even just when they're ripe and at their peak. —Kay Kaepp, Coldwater, MI
Summertime Spaghetti Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 3 Italian sausage links (4 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups chopped seeded peeled tomatoes (about 8 medium)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Remove casings from sausage; cut sausage into 1-in. pieces. In a large skillet, brown sausage over medium heat. Drain and set aside. Heat oil in the same skillet; add onions and green pepper. Cook and stir until tender.
  2. Add the tomatoes, jalapeno, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Return sausage to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 12-15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and sauce is thickened.
  3. Serve sauce with pasta; top with cheese.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without pasta and cheese): 173 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 767mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 2 fat, 1 lean meat.

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