This Sausage and Mushroom Ragu is rich and hearty and ready in about 45 minutes! Layers of flavor are built easily with mushrooms, Italian sausage, red wine and tomatoes. It's a restaurant quality pasta recipe that's easy enough for a weeknight, but perfect for a special occasion!
Sausage and Mushroom Ragu
I admit growing up and through the first few years of marriage, I got my Ragu from a jar. You know what I'm talking about. I didn't even know what a ragu was - I thought it was the brand name.
Sad. I know.
It turns out a ragu is a sauce (not a company!) It usually consists of ground meat, onions, tomatoes and red wine. All the good things.
This ragu has all that and more. It's not difficult to make, takes about 45 minutes, and is quite possibly my most favorite pasta recipe ever!
Ingredients to Make this Mushroom Ragu
- Pasta - use your favorite dried pasta. I usually use pappardelle, but this time I used some wide linguini.
- Mushrooms - the original recipe called for portobello. Button mushrooms were on sale, so I went with those. With all the flavor from the Italian sausage and the red wine, I think button were fine. You could also use a mix of mushrooms.
- Chicken broth - I used homemade Instant Pot broth.
- Italian sausage - use bulk for a finer grind.
- Crushed tomatoes.
- Red wine - use a wine that you would be willing to drink, do not use a red wine specifically made for cooking!
- Onion - can use shallots.
How to Make this Sausage and Mushroom Pasta
Begin by prepping the vegetables - finely dicing the mushrooms, onion, and garlic.
Add the butter to a skillet over medium heat. When the butter is hot, add the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds or until the garlic becomes fragrant.
Add the mushrooms and onion to the pan. Cook, stirring until the mushrooms have softened and they have released their liquid. This should take about 5 minutes.
Add the sausage to the pan and brown. Stir, breaking up the clumps until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. If there is an excess of fat, pour off some of the fat.
Turn the heat up to medium high and add the red wine. The wine should come to a boil. Cook, stirring and scraping up the brown bits until almost all of the wine has evaporated, about 5 minutes.
Add the broth, cinnamon and pepper to the skillet. Continue cooking until the broth is reduced by about half.
Turn the heat back down to medium and add the crushed tomatoes and simmer for about 5 minutes.
While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta until al dente. I like to cook it a minute or two less than called for because it will finish cooking in the sauce. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta liquid.
When the sauce is finished simmering, add the cooked pasta to the sauce. Toss to combine, taste and adjust seasonings. If needed, a little of the reserved pasta water to moisten the sauce.
Oh my gosh, people, this recipe is amazing! There is a fancy Italian restaurant in town and this pasta tastes like it came from there - and yet I had it on the table with not much work in about 45 minutes!
Seriously, my new favorite pasta recipe. I saw them make this on Milk Street Television (do you watch it?) and had to try it immediately. It's in their Tuesday Night Cookbook, which is filled with recipes labeled fast, faster and fastest! This cookbook has won a James Beard Award and an IACP award - with good reason, it's filled with recipes you really want to try!
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Sausage and Mushroom Ragu
- 2 tbsp butter
- 5 cloves garlic finely minced
- 1 pound mushrooms finely chopped
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 pound Italian sausage bulk, not links
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth low sodium
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- salt and black pepper
- 14 1/2 ounce crushed tomatoes canned
- 12 ounces dried pappardelle or tagliatelle
- Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the mushrooms and onions and cook stirring until the mushrooms have released their liquid. About 5 minutes.
- Add the sausage and cook for about 10 minutes, breaking up the clumps with a wooden spoon. If there is a lot of fat, drain off the excess.
- Turn the heat to medium high and add the wine. Let the wine come to a boil and cook, stirring, scraping up any brown bits, until the wine has almost all evaporated. About 5 minutes.
- Stir in the broth, cinnamon and a grind or two of fresh black pepper. Simmer until the the broth has been reduced by about half. About 5-6 minutes.
- Turn the heat back down to medium and stir in the tomatoes. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta for one minute less that the package directions. Drain and reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
- Add the pasta to the skillet and stir to combine. The pasta will finish cooking in the sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add a little of the pasta water if needed.