Oven Baked Sausage Ragu

Cooking time: 60-90 minutes


Yet another brilliant creation from Jamie Oliver (slight variations from the original).


  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 5-10 strips pancetta (or thin-cut smoked bacon)
  • 5-10 fresh tomatoes, cored (mixed types, sizes and colors)
  • 5 fresh bay leaves
  • A small handful of fresh oregano
  • A small handful of fresh rosemary
  • 5-10 good quality sausages (mixed varieties)
  • 5-6 garlic cloves


Preheat a roasting pan in a 350F oven. Add olive oil and pancetta, return to oven until pancetta is crispy.

Remove from oven, add herbs and put tomatoes into roasting pan, core hole down. Return to oven until tomato skins blister, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and pinch off tomato skins carefully to keep tomatoes from falling apart.

Drizzle sausage with olive oil and rub in well. Place sausages into pan, pushing down amongst the tomatoes. Press in garlic cloves in the cracks, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Return pan to oven for 1 hour, turning sausages once or twice.

Serve over torn, rustic Italian bread, drizzle with juices from the pan and a little high-quality balsamic vinegar. Pairs well with a Syrah, Petite Syrah or other dark and rich red wine.

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