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Spaghetti with Sausage

This Spaghetti with Sausage recipe is made with a homemade tomato marinara sauce flavored with zesty herbs like basil and oregano. Grab your favorite Italian or andouille sausage for this one-pot weeknight meal.

beef and sausage spaghetti in a white bowl

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Nothing beats a big pot of spaghetti waiting for you on the stove! Especially since it reheats so well the next day. Day-after-spaghetti is always better than when you first make it because the sauce and all of those flavors have more time to marinate and sink in.

chopped green peppers, red peppers, and onions in separate glass bowls

What Type of Pasta to Use

I’m using spaghetti pasta. You can use whatever type of pasta you like including whole wheat (cook in accordance with the instructions on the package) or low carb spiralized vegetables.

Do You Break the Spaghetti in Half

People often break their spaghetti in half so that it will fit in the pot they are using to cook the pasta. I find I don’t need to do this and it’s frowned upon, especially in Italian culture. Some even consider it bad luck. The pasta is meant to be eaten by twirling it around your fork. It’s hard to do that if you have smaller pieces.

It won’t harm the pasta if you do! So if you must, feel free!

Use a pot that is large enough to fill 5-7 quarts of water. Once you add the spaghetti to boiling water it will wilt down quickly and fit the pot.

dry spaghetti pasta in a glass bowl

Add Salt to the Water When Cooking the Pasta

You should always salt your water when cooking pasta. The salt won’t sink into the flavor of the pasta because it doesn’t absorb most of it. The salt will keep the pasta from being sticky and slimy. I usually add a teaspoon.

cooked pasta in a colander

What Type of Meat to Use

Any ground meat such as ground beef, turkey, or chicken will work well. Use whatever you prefer.

What Type of Sausage to Use

You will need sausage links for the recipe. Any sausage will work, I prefer Italian sausage or smoked Cajun andouille sausage, those are the best. You can use ground sausage if you wish and you can even substitute it for ground beef.

beef and andouille sausage cut into rounds

What Type of Pot to Use

I’m a huge fan of making this a one-pot recipe. I go for this 7-quart Dutch oven. It’s large enough to cook the pasta in and it can withhold higher heat for sauteeing the vegetables and chicken. If you want to make this using one pot, grab one that’s large enough and retains heat well.

If you use a smaller pot, the pasta has less water to cook in. This results in a higher amount of starch in the pot, which will cause your pasta will to come out sticky after you drain the water. To be safe, always go for a big pot, even if you’re only cooking a small amount of pasta. You can read about more Common Mistakes When Cooking Pasta here.

collage of 4 photos with marinara sauce sausage and beef

How to Make Spaghetti and Sausage

  1. Cook the spaghetti in accordance with the instructions on the package.
  2. Place a large pot or Dutch oven on medium-high heat. Add the ground beef. Break down the beef with a meat chopper. Add in the sausage pieces and season the meat.
  3. Cook until fully cooked through. Add in onions, green peppers, red peppers, and garlic. Saute.
  4. Add in crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, and wine. Stir.
  5. Fold in the cooked spaghetti and stir.
  6. Simmer.
collage of 4 photos with marinara sauce sausage and beef

Homemade Marinara vs Store Bought Sauce

You can use any of your favorite store-bought marinara sauce for this recipe. I like to make my own because it’s really simple to do. Here are the key ingredients:

  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Dry White Wine (I use Pinto Grigio)
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Bay Leaf
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Onions
  • Garlic
beef and sausage spaghetti in a Dutch oven

Additional Toppings and Substitution Ideas

  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Shrimp
  • Fresh Grated Parmesan
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Black Olives
beef and sausage spaghetti in a Dutch oven

How to Store and Reheat

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge tightly sealed for 3-4 days. I reheat in the microwave. It will maintain its consistency and flavor if eaten within 3-4 days. It often tastes even better the next day because the flavors have gotten a chance to really sink in.

Freezer Tips

You can freeze the dish tightly covered and sealed up to 2 months. With pasta, the faster you eat it after freezing, the better the texture and consistency.

beef and sausage spaghetti in a white bowl

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beef and sausage spaghetti in a white bowl
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Spaghetti with Sausage

This Spaghetti with Sausage recipe is made with a homemade tomato marinara sauce flavored with zesty herbs like basil and oregano. Grab your favorite Italian or andouille sausage for this one-pot weeknight meal.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword beef and sausage spaghetti, one pot spaghetti, sausage spaghetti, spaghetti and sausage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 543kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 oz spaghetti pasta
  • 6 oz sausage Sliced into 1 inch rounds. I like to use Italian sausage or Cajun andouille sausage.
  • 1 pound ground beef, turkey, or chicken
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped red peppers
  • 4 garlic cloves Minced

Homemade Marinara Sauce (Feel free to use jarred, store-bought sauce if you wish).

Instructions

  • Cook the spaghetti in accordance with the instructions on the package. Prep your vegetables while the spaghetti cooks.
  • Place a large pot or Dutch oven on medium-high heat (I use the same one I used to cook the pasta).
    Add the ground beef. Break down the beef with a meat chopper. Add in the sausage pieces and season the meat with 1 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes until fully cooked through. Add in the onions, green peppers, red peppers, and garlic. Saute until the onions and garlic are fragrant. Drain any excess fat from the beef and sausage if necessary.
  • Add in the crushed tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, bay leaf, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, and wine. Stir.
    Taste repeatedly and adjust spices as necessary to suit your taste. The taste of the sauce is key to the overall taste of the dish.
  • Fold in the cooked spaghetti and stir.
  • Adjust the heat to medium-low and place the lid on the pot. Simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Open and remove the bay leaf before serving.
    If the spaghetti is too thick you can thin it out by adding water or broth.

Notes

  • Feel free to omit the wine if it isn’t your thing.
  • I’m a huge fan of making this a one-pot recipe. I go for a 7-quart Dutch oven. It’s large enough to cook the pasta in and it can withhold higher heat for sauteeing the vegetables and chicken. If you want to make this using one pot, grab one that’s large enough and retains heat well.
  • As always, feel free to use a store-bought sauce if that’s your preference and you want to save some time.
  • You can use whatever type of pasta you like including whole wheat (cook in accordance with the instructions on the package) or low carb spiralized vegetables.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 20g
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Recipe Rating




Cassandra P

Tuesday 13th of December 2022

My grandparents make the best homemade spaghetti so I normally don’t try any other recipes but I told myself, “It’s a Brandi recipe. You know it’s going to be damn good.” It did not disappoint. Delicious

staysnatched

Tuesday 13th of December 2022

I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Nek C

Sunday 11th of December 2022

I haven’t had spaghetti with sausage in a while. This recipe reminded me of what I missed, but the best part, was the homemade sauce. Another hit!!!

staysnatched

Tuesday 13th of December 2022

I’m glad to hear it was a hit!

Jill

Monday 5th of December 2022

Spaghetti is my husbands favorite food. So, I asked him what he thought of this meal. He said it was amazing! The sauce is so good and the perfect consistency. We are both excited for our leftovers.

staysnatched

Monday 5th of December 2022

Yay! I'm glad you both enjoyed it!

Felicia

Tuesday 29th of November 2022

Spaghetti with sausage, say less! I live for easy one pot meals. I made this with ground beef and hot Italian sausage. It was so easy and delicious! Best part is I had everything on hand. The sauce by itself is so easy and versatile. I definitely need to make my own marinara more often. What I really live about this recipe, and all of Brandi’s pasta recipes, is that the sauce to pasta ratio is perfect. It’s not too dry and it’s not swimming in sauce. Be sure to measure your pasta out! I can’t wait to have my leftovers of this!

staysnatched

Tuesday 29th of November 2022

Hot Italian sausage sounds bomb!