Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

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Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

This super easy and tasty recipe makes a large crock pot full of sauce, so it’s one of our favorites for entertaining or for freezing for later use. (Scroll down for alternate recipe.)




1 large green bell pepper, diced

1 medium onion, diced

1-2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 lbs. Italian Sausage (without casing)

(3) 28 oz. cans of CRUSHED tomatoes (use crushed for best flavor)

1-2 Tablespoons dried basil

Salt to taste (I start with 1 teaspoon and add if it needs more.)

1 cup sliced black olives (if desired)



Saute green pepper and onion in olive oil until the onion just begins to turn translucent.

Add sausage to the pan and brown it, breaking up larger pieces.

Place sausage mixture in the crock pot.

Add crushed tomatoes.

Add spices and olives if desired.

Cook on low 4-5 hours depending on your crock pot.

Serve over pasta or rice.


This recipe has a rich tomato flavor. If you would like a more subtle taste, substitute tomato sauce for the crushed tomatoes.



Alternate Recipe:

Brown six Italian sausages in casing. Place on the bottom of the crock pot. Cover with two 28 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes, 2 tbs. dried basil and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve sausages whole, cover with sauce.


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  1. MommaKisssi says

    How much does this make? Also, how much cheaper is this to make than just buying the $1.00 cans and how long is it good for in the freezer?

    • says

      This makes approximately 5 quarts of sauce. It is more expensive than buying the $1.00 cans if you include the sausage, but it tastes better in my opinion. You can probably keep it in the freezer for 2 months safely.

  2. Kira says

    I’ve got this in the slow cooker right now, but with organic grass-fed ground beef from Costco. I was also able to snag one very large can of crushed tomatoes (without the extra, questionable ingredients) at Costco for about $3 — so glad I found it!

  3. Jen says

    Can you make this with ground beef or meatless? Would you still leave it in the crock pot the same amount of time? Also, have you ever tried this with fresh chopped tomatoes?

    • says

      Yes Jen, I make it with ground beef that I have browned ahead of time. You don’t need to cook it as long if you are using pre-cooked meat. I haven’t tried fresh tomatoes in the crock pot though. You may need to blanch them first.

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