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Bowl of pasta topped with mushroom and sausage ragu.

Sausage and Mushroom Ragu

This rich and hearty pasta can be on the table in 45 minutes! Layers of flavor create a restaurant worthy pasta dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 889kcal


  • 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.



Mushrooms - can use button, portobello (remove stems and gills) or wild mushrooms.
Onion - or 2 shallots. 
Italian Sausage - or chicken sausage.
Pappardelle - or any of your favorite dried pasta. 


Calories: 889kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1352mg | Potassium: 1340mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 5mg