1 pound Italian sausage links, cut into 1-inch slices
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
2/3 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 can (28 ounces) stewed tomatoes
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Hot cooked rice or pasta, optional
In a large skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink; drain. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute the onion, green pepper, celery, carrot and garlic in olive oil for until vegetables are tender, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, chickpeas, tomato paste, sugar, Italian seasoning, pepper flakes and sausages.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered until heated through, 4-6 minutes.