Family Recipe – Italian Sausage

Today I want to share a recipe that has been in my family for awhile. My great aunt is from Italy and being from the north, Italian food was a big deal anyways. One of my favorite Italian dishes is Italian Sausage. You can make this dish as spicy or as not spicy as you like with just a few tweaks!


What you need:

Italian sausage – I use hot, if you don’t like spicy food…use mild. You can use one to two packages, usually a package has five links in it.

Tomato sauce – I used a 33 ounce container but you could also use the 28 ounce can

28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

2 small cans tomato paste -(I prefer no salt added, but to each their own!)

2 green bell peppers

1 onion

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (the more you use the hotter it will be)

1 teaspoon chili powder

4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons vinegar

1/4 teaspoon celery seed

Italian seasoning – I don’t measure Italian seasoning, I just dump. You want to add some when you add the other seasonings, and then you want A LOT on top at the very end.

What you do:

– Dump tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste into a crock pot.

– Add the sausage. Now, I cut each sausage link into three pieces, I prefer to serve this in a bowl and they fit better that way. They also cook faster this way.

-Add all the seasonings, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar.

-Cut up the peppers and onions into strips and add to the crock pot. They should be cut in strips like this…


-Mix everything around and make sure all the sausage pieces are covered by sauce.

-Now sprinkle Italian seasoning pretty heavily over the top once everything is in.


Cook on low for eight hours or on high for four to five. Stir and serve!


I serve this with fresh wheat french bread. I LOVE to dip the bread into the spicy sauce. Yum yum yum!


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  • Reply Stephanie March 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    It looks so good!

  • Reply Ashley @ Married to the Game March 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Yum! Kory will love this!

  • Reply kathy @ vodka and soda March 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    this looks SO good. i love dipping bread into sauce but then i eat too much bread and feel like a bag of ass 🙁

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

  • Reply brooke lyn March 4, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    i want this nowwwww!

  • Reply Amanda March 4, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I’m a vegetarian but Pete would looooove this! I’ll have to show him! He’s been getting pretty handy around the kitchen lately… even made his own almond butter last week!

  • Reply Weekend Shenanigans - Life By Nadine Lynn May 4, 2015 at 7:43 am

    […] Friday, I had placed some Italian Chicken Sausage in the crock pot for dinner. I basically took the family recipe and traded out regular sausage for chicken to “healthy” it up. It turned out awesome! […]

  • Reply Danielle April 4, 2020 at 12:01 am

    I make this recipe at least monthly and I prepped it for the crockpot tomorrow. Thank you for sharing it. So good and freezes well too.

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