Recipe

Hot Sausage Ragu

  • Yield: About 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound hot Italian sausage (or 1/4 pound hot sausage and 1/4 pound sweet sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped, juices reserved
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Pinch sugar

Directions

  • In a medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring, until brown and the fat is rendered, about 4 minutes. Add the onions, garlic, crushed red pepper salt, basil, oregano and black pepper, and bay leaf, and cook, stirring, until soft, 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices, tomato sauce, tomato paste, wine, cream, and sugar, and stir well. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thick and the flavors are blended, about 30 minutes, adding water as necessary to keep from getting too thick.
  • Remove from the heat, and cover until needed.