Homemade Italian Sausage Pasta

Homemade Italian Sausage Pasta


I like to make things from scratch, that way I know what I’m getting and I can avoid additives and preservatives. Making Italian sausage from scratch was so easy and the taste was so sensational, not to mention the cost savings – you’ll want to make this all the time for guests just for the shear satisfaction of saying that you “made it from scratch!”

1 hr
6 Servings


2 lb
fresh ground pork
1 Tbsp
whole fennel seed
1 tsp
caraway seeds (optional, but adds a great layer of flavor)
1 Tbsp
Italian seasoning
1 tsp
1 Tbsp
parsley (can substitute with 2 tablespoon fresh parsley)
2 tsp
1 tsp
black pepper
1 tsp
red pepper flakes (optional)
1 lb
Penne pasta (or any pasta shape that isn't long like spaghetti)
1 bunch
fresh basil
jar of your favorite pasta sauce
parmesan cheese
Prep Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr


Fold the sausage ingredients (ground pork, fennel seed, caraway seeds, Italian seasoning, rosemary, parsley, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes) together until fully blended. For optimal results, let the mixture sit overnight in your refrigerator in a covered container.

Time to cook! Boil a large pot of water for the pasta.  In a large skillet, pan fry the sausage mixture until thoroughly cooked through, drain and set aside. I would use this same skillet to heat up your pasta sauce and save cleaning yet another dish.  Prepare the pasta according to package directions, drain and place in a large serving bowl or platter. Top with the cooked sausage and pour the sauce over and lightly toss.  Tear up the basil leaves and sprinkle over the pasta, along with lots of parmesan cheese – this hearty meal tastes as good as it looks.  Enjoy!

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Chef Michi Watarai