Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauce

Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauce

Background and History

Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauce is a comforting and versatile dish that offers a convenient way to enjoy flavorful sausages with a rich and savory sauce. While the exact origins of this dish are unclear, variations of it have been enjoyed in homes around the world for decades, often served with pasta, rice, or crusty bread.


1 pound Italian sausages, sweet or spicy, depending on preference

1 onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Useful Facts

This dish can be customized with your favorite type of sausage, whether it’s classic Italian, bratwurst, or chorizo.

You can add additional vegetables such as bell peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini for extra flavor and nutrition.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for longer storage.


Place the Italian sausages in the slow cooker insert.

Add the thinly sliced onion and minced garlic on top of the sausages.

Pour the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce over the sausages.

Sprinkle the dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper over the mixture.

Gently stir to combine all the ingredients.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, or until the sausages are cooked through and the sauce is flavorful.

Once done, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Serve the slow cooker sausage with sauce hot, accompanied by your choice of pasta, rice, or crusty bread. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.



Preparation Time

10 minutes

Cooking Time

6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high

Nutrition Facts (per serving, excluding optional ingredients)

Calories: 300

Total Fat: 20g

Saturated Fat: 7g

Cholesterol: 50mg

Sodium: 800mg

Total Carbohydrates: 12g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Sugars: 6g

Protein: 18g


For a thicker sauce, you can add a tablespoon of tomato paste or cornstarch mixed with water during the last hour of cooking.

Serve the sausage with sauce over cooked pasta, rice, or polenta for a complete meal.

Adjust the level of spiciness by choosing sweet or spicy Italian sausages according to your preference.

Allergy Warning

This recipe contains pork (Italian sausages) and may contain allergens depending on the brand of tomato sauce used. Check for any specific allergies before consuming.

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