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red sauce in a white pot on stove with two bay leaves on top
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Quick Weeknight Red Sauce

This Quick Weeknight Red Sauce has all the flavor of a slow cooked Sunday sauce but is quick to make! It's perfectly with pasta and veggies!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 258kcal


  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage
  • 6 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 cup red wine or sub 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes preferably San Marzano
  • 2 bay leaves


  • In a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat brown sausage. Drain if there is more than 2 tbsp excess liquid. Leave approximately 2 tbsp or less liquid from cooking.
  • Add garlic, oregano, parsley and thyme and stir until fragrant, about 60 seconds. Pour in red wine to deglaze pot, scraping up any bits. Add crushed tomatoes and stir combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Add bay leaves, cover and simmer for 10-20 minutes. Add salt to taste. Serve over favorite pasta or vegetables!


Sodium: 547mg | Calcium: 56mg | Vitamin C: 11mg | Vitamin A: 222IU | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 485mg | Cholesterol: 43mg | Calories: 258kcal | Saturated Fat: 6g | Fat: 18g | Protein: 10g | Carbohydrates: 9g | Iron: 2mg