Italian Sausage Pasta (Easy Spaghetti Recipe)

Looking for an easy spaghetti recipe? This Italian sausage pasta is delicious, and it takes just three ingredients, two of which you probably already have in your pantry.

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Everybody loves the simplicity of an easy spaghetti recipe, right? Especially those of us who have been cooking every. single. meal for months of quarantine.

I have had seasons when experimenting in the kitchen was one of my favorite pastimes. But if I’m really honest, I don’t love cooking at this stage in my life: four kids means every meal I cook is someone’s “not my favorite” meal. The toddler is usually struggling by 5pm. And mama would rather be doing DIY projects. 😉

But I love eating. Always have. Probably always will. So when I discovered the secret to the most delicious easy spaghetti, I just about jumped for joy.

I’m telling you, this Italian sausage pasta is a game changer.

In 20 minutes, you can put together a whole, delicious meal. If you have a quick-cooking pasta, you might even finish in 15 minutes. And my whole family loves it. You can see why I’m smitten with this quick and easy dinner.

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Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe

Cook pasta while you make your meat sauce.

Start with sweet, raw Italian sausage from your local store. It’s usually made with ground pork and already seasoned. Slice the coverings off the sausage and brown the ground pork in some olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce.

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Serve over spaghetti.

Top with parmesan cheese, finishing salt, or fresh basil or parsley if you like. 🙂

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I told you it was simple!

Gluten Free Spaghetti Option

Due to a wheat allergy, we actually eat gluten free pasta in this house. This is hands down my favorite spaghetti brand: it’s made from brown rice and truly has a normal spaghetti texture. I can even cook it al dente!

Best Tomato Sauce

I think marinara sauces are really a personal thing. I like mine with lots of onion and garlic flavor, but my kids seem to prefer a subtler tomato sauce. For this recipe, though, it doesn’t matter much, as the Italian sausage really takes center stage.

Due to grocery shortages recently, I’ve made it with several different brands and types of marinara sauce (whatever was in stock that week), and it was delicious every time.

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5 from 3 votes

Italian Sausage Pasta Easy Spaghetti

The perfect weeknight spaghetti: Italian sausage makes an easy and delicious meat sauce!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 package spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 package sweet italian sausage 1-2 lbs, depending on how meaty you like your sauce
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce your favorite marinara
  • parmesan cheese grated


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.

  2. Add olive oil to large skillet.

  3. Slice casing from Italian sausages and add ground meat to skillet.

  4. Brown ground meat over medium heat, breaking up the pieces as they cook.

  5. Add jar of sauce to skillet. Turn down heat. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.

  6. Serve sauce on top of spaghetti. Add parmesan or fresh herbs if desired.

Recipe Notes

This feeds our family of 6, but four are children. I like to pair it with a pound of green beans for a complete meal. See notes in post regarding gluten free spaghetti options!

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  1. Rachel! I love a simple recipe made mostly from pantry ingredients that’s a bowl of comfort food after tackling a DIY project! This is just that!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m famous in my family for my Italian food. I tried your susage spaghetti and my family said best sauce ever after only 20 minutes. I used mild susage, and Quarter pound of ground round. I always enjoy your blog

  3. Yum! This sounds like a crowd pleaser for the whole family! We love Rao’s marinara. I’m going to make this recipe this week! Thanks

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