Photo: Jim Bathie, Tina Cornett, Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty, Sissy Lamerton
Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
50 Mins
Makes about 5 1/4 cups

If you'd like a less spicy sauce, use 1 Tbsp. of Italian Seasoning Mix.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sauté onion and garlic in hot oil in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in Italian Seasoning Mix, and cook 1 minute. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and 1 cup water; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 40 to 45 minutes or slightly thickened. Stir in salt and honey.

Step 2

Note: We tested with Goya Tomato Sauce.

Step 3

Spicy Tomato Sauce With Italian Sausage: Remove casings from 1/2 lb. mild Italian sausage (about 2 sausages). Cook in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking sausage into pieces. Drain; return sausage to pan. Proceed as directed.

Step 4

Spicy Tomato Sauce With Ground Chuck: Cook 1/2 lb. ground chuck in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain; return to pan. Proceed as directed.

Step 5

Spicy Tomato Sauce With Cajun Smoked Sausage: Cook 1/2 lb. sliced Cajun smoked sausage in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes or until browned. Drain; return to pan. Proceed as directed. Note: We tested with Conecuh Cajun Smoked Sausage.

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Ratings & Reviews

AustinCheryl's Review

July 07, 2010
Maybe the previous reviewer used too much of the italian seasoning? I substituted 2 T. of regular italian herb mix, and about 1/2 tsp.+ of red pepper flakes to the rest of the ingredients and followed cooking instructions. It came out great, and I'm using it on veggies, pasta, and sausages. I plan to keep some on hand to use instead of jarred pasta sauce. Thanks Norman.

bcbowman's Review

October 10, 2009
I love the spicy curry flavors found in Indian and Thai foods. I love the spicy peppers found in Mexican food. Basically I am not one to shy when it comes to hot and spicy cusine. But this was ridiculous. Way way way way too spicy. The first bite had me and the kids coughing until tears ran down our face. I made the Italian seasoning exactly how it was written and I followed the sauce recipe perfectly as well. I would not make this recipe for anyone unless they eat whole habaneros for breakfast. Yes, I know the word 'Spicy' is in the name of the recipe but the word 'Inedible' should be too. IF I were to ever attempt this again I would use 1/2 tsp of seasoning over the 1 1/2 T the recipe calls for.