Pappardelle is a long pasta that pairs perfectly with a hearty Italian sausage sauce.

This recipe uses both fresh and canned tomatoes to create a rich zesty sauce similar to a Ragu or Bolognese (a tomato-based meat sauce). While it takes a bit of time, it’s definitely worth it because the flavor is amazing.

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What is Pappardelle?

Pronounced ‘pa-par-DAY-lay’, pappardelle pasta originates from the Tuscan region of Italy and it’s one I learned to make by hand in an olive grove in Italy!

It is a wide flat noodle, similar to fettuccine (but much wide). Pappardelle is a hearty pasta so it’s perfect for heavier sauces (and also goes great with a mushroom sauce).

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This sauce is incredibly rich and delicious.

TOMATOES/PEPPERS Fresh tomatoes are roasted with bell peppers, onion and garlic. Red bell peppers add some sweetness to balance the acidity from the tomatoes. The canned tomatoes add great texture.

MEAT Italian sausage is seasoned and has lots of flavor. Try making your own using this easy homemade Italian sausage recipe!

If you substitute another ground meat (like beef), you’ll want to add some extra seasonings.

The extra step of roasting the tomatoes and peppers is so worth the flavor it adds. Start with the veggies and while they’re roasting brown the meat.

How to Make Sauce for Pappardelle

  1. Toss tomatoes, red peppers, and onion with olive oil and seasonings (per recipe below). Roast in the oven until tender.
  2. While the vegetables are roasting, brown the sausage in a skillet and drain off the fat.
  3. Add the remaining sauce ingredients (including the roasted vegetables) and simmer.

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  1. Cook pasta in salted boiling water until ‘al dente’ (to the bite). Drain, but reserve 1 cup of the pasta water.
  2. Toss pappardelle with the meat sauce, adding pasta water as necessary. Garnish with fresh chopped herbs and grated parmesan cheese.

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Pappardelle with Italian Sausage

This fresh & flavorful Italian-inspired dish is the perfect meal to feed a family or crowd on a busy weeknight!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
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  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes fresh
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning divided
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 28 ounces canned whole tomatoes with juices
  • 14 ounces canned tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
  • 16 oz pappardelle


  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Chop tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion into 1" pieces. Toss with garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
  • Spread in a single layer on a foil-lined pan and roast 20 minutes. Stir and turn oven to broil. Broil 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender and have some light browning on the edges.
  • While vegetables are roasting, brown the sausage in a large saucepan. Drain fat.
  • Add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, ½ cup water, and remaining Italian seasoning. Stir in roasted vegetables with any juices.
  • Bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 1 hour or until sauce reaches desired consistency (add more water if needed).
  • Cook pappardelle in salted water according to package directions until al dente. Drain well, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
  • Stir in parsley & basil into the sauce. Toss pappardelle with meat sauce, add pasta water if needed to reach desired consistency. Top with additional herbs if desired.


Roasting the vegetables adds amazing flavor. The bell pepper cooks into the sauce and while you won't really know it's there, the sweetness balances out the acidity in the sauce.
Cook the pasta to al dente (firm) and don't rinse before tossing with the sauce. The starches on the pasta help the sauce stick.
Reserve some of the starchy water from the pasta and add it to the sauce if needed. It can help thin out the sauce but the starches also help it cling to the pasta.
5 from 16 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 514 | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 838mg | Potassium: 1001mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2448IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
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  1. This is just stupid good. Like when you were a kid and something tasted so good you danced around the room. I used campari tomatoes quartered to roast with the peppers and chicken Italian sausage from Sprouts and my favorite pappardelle pasta from Trader Joe’s. Also either Cento or Muitt real San Marzano whole tomatoes and tossed in some Sofrito seasoning from TJ’s as well just because. Just make this and you too can dance around the room.5 stars

    1. This review made me do a happy dance! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe Dee Dee!

  2. I made this this tonight for dinner and I must say it was absolutely delicious. The roasted vegetables made the sauce just perfect. I followed your directions exactly as stated and will definitely be making it again. My husband just loved it…I served a salad with it and red wine and it was a perfect meal!!!
    Looking forward to making it for my next dinner party! Thanks, Holly, for such a great recipe!5 stars

    1. While it takes a bit more time, I agree that roasting the veggies is so worth the time! I’m so glad you both loved it as much as we do!