Nothing beats pasta night. It is quick, easy and always a family favorite. For our pasta nights, I make this easy sausage bolognese that clings to the pasta perfectly.
I rarely have enough time in the kitchen to make homemade marinara sauce so I love how quickly this bolognese comes together. You can also sneak in extra vegetables into the sauce if you want which is a great way to boost the vegetable intake of unsuspecting kids.
I love making a pot of perfectly salted spaghetti to go along with the sauce. Combined with some garlic bread and steamed broccoli, it is a perfect weeknight meal.
This makes a large amount of easy sausage bolognese and, since we don’t eat a lot of sauce on our pasta, I usually freeze half for use in the future. Just let it cool and put it into a ziploc bag to easily freeze it flat.
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 lb ground Italian sausage
- 2 carrots peeled and finely chopped
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 zucchini finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- 28 oz crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 cup water
1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, stirring to crumble.
2. Add carrot, onion, zucchini and garlic. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Stir in oregano, rosemary, thyme and red pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
3. Stir in tomatoes and water. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Serve over cooked pasta.
1) You can add additional vegetables into the sauce if desired. I puree spinach in with the tomatoes before adding them to the sauce frequently.
2) This sauce makes a large amount. You can split it and freeze half to use for later.