Real Simple's Marinara Sauce With Sausage and Ricotta

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Sophaholic

Very easy and tasty basic recipe. I used two cans of tomatoes, minced garlic (in a jar) turkey sausage and low fat ricotta cheese to lighten and simplify the dish. You can use one can of tomatoes, but I like my sauce to have an abundance of tomatoes.

Top Review by sidMILB

Wasn't bad, but I expected the sausage to be the star and we barely noticed it! I even used a little more than called for... Next time I would bump up the spices and the sausage quantity. Not bad, but just not remarkable. If I try this again, I'll re-review, Sophaholic.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and cook until golden, but not browned, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes and their juices, red pepper oregano, salt and sugar.
  4. Add other spices to taste.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer(crushing to tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon if using whole tomatoes) until the sauce thickens slightly, about 20 minutes, then remove from heat.
  7. While the sauce simmers, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook 1 pound of sausage until no trace of pink remains.
  8. Add the sausage to the sauce.
  9. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  10. Drain and divide among individual plates. Spoon the sauce over the top.
  11. Top each sauce with 1/4 cup ricotta.

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