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Red Wine Pasta Sauce

This Red Wine Pasta Sauce is full of robust flavors, making this sauce a meal in itself!  This simple 10 ingredient sauce will have you swearing off canned sauce for good!  Bold red wine, Italian herbs, and a pinch of honey makes this sauce an absolute hit!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Author sherry brubaker


  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 lb Nature Nine Italian sausage
  • 1 onion
  • 1 head garlic (about 10 cloves)
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp chicken bullion
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano


  1. In a medium sized pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.

  2. Add the pork, and cook until it is no longer pink.  While it is cooking, add onion and garlic to the food processor, and dice until it is very finely chopped.

  3. Add the onion and garlic to the pot once the pork is cooked through.  Let the onion and garlic cook for about 2 minutes.

  4. Add the red wine to the pan to help deglaze it.  Scrape anything that is stuck to the bottom. Add the tomato pasta, sauce, and crushed tomatoes. 

  5. Add the water and chicken bullion.  Stir to combine.  Next add the honey, red pepper flakes, basil, and oregano.  Stir well.  Bury he bay leaves so they are fully submerged in the sauce.  

  6. Cover sauce with a lid and let simmer for atleast a half hour.  When pasta is done cooking, you may add about a half cup of the pasta water to the sauce if you want a thinner sauce (and it adds flavor!)  Mangia!