Bigoli with Sausage and Red Wine Ragù

Bigoli with Sausage and Red Wine Ragù

Today, I’m excited to share a yummy recipe: Bigoli with Sausage and Red Wine Ragù.

I love making this cozy dish. From sautéing onions to simmering sausage, each step is delicious.

Let’s cook it up together!

Bigoli with Sausage and Red Wine Ragù

Recipe by Luca / Italian Cooking and LivingCourse: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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Bigoli with Sausage Ragù is a hearty Italian pasta dish featuring crumbled Italian sausage cooked with minced onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. It is simmered in a savory broth, red wine, and tomato paste mixture and tossed with al dente bigoli pasta.

This flavorful and comforting meal is perfect for pasta lovers seeking a satisfying homemade dinner.


  • 1 pound bigoli

  • 10 ounces Italian sausage (like Luganega or Finocchiona), casings removed and diced

  • 1 cup broth (chicken)

  • 1 onion, minced

  • 1 celery stalk, minced

  • 1 carrot, minced

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup dry, red wine

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat olive oil in a pan and sauté minced onion, celery, carrot, and garlic for 5 minutes.
  • Add crumbled Italian sausage to the pan and brown it over high heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour in the red wine and stir.
  • Stir in tomato paste, chicken broth, salt, and pepper.
  • Cover the pan and simmer the sauce for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, boil 5 quarts of water in a large pot.
  • Cook the bigoli in boiling salted water until al dente is reached.
  • Drain the cooked pasta.
  • Toss the pasta with the prepared sausage ragù sauce.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


  • Sausage Varieties: Feel free to experiment with different types of Italian sausage, such as sweet or spicy, to adjust the flavor profile according to your preference.
  • Bigoli Substitution: If bigoli pasta is unavailable, you can easily substitute it with spaghetti or any other long pasta variety without compromising the dish's taste. Adjust cooking time accordingly.

Questions I Often Get

1. Can I use spaghetti instead of bigoli?

Yes, spaghetti is a suitable substitute if you can’t find bigoli.

2. Can I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth?

Yes, you can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth if you prefer a vegetarian option.

3. How should I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

4. Can I freeze the sausage ragù?

Yes, you can freeze the sausage ragù for up to 3 months. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to freezer-safe containers. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

5. Is it necessary to remove the casings from the Italian sausage?

Yes, removing the casings ensures that the sausage crumbles evenly while cooking.

6. How can I make this dish vegetarian-friendly?

To make a vegetarian version, you can omit the Italian sausage and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

7. Can I add other vegetables to the sausage ragù?

Yes, you can customize the ragù by adding vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini for extra flavor and texture.

8. Can I make this dish ahead of time and reheat it later?

Yes, you can prepare the sausage ragù ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat it gently on the stove before serving.

9. What are some optional garnishes that I can use to enhance the presentation of this dish?

You can garnish the dish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, or a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil before serving.


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