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Sicilian Spaghetti Sauce

Golden raisins and pine nuts add a new flavor twist to this southern-Italian pasta sauce.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons pine nuts, toasted


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion in oil over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, raisins, wine, tomato paste, sugar, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through.
  • Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions. Stir parsley and pine nuts into meat sauce. Drain spaghetti; top with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 459 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 1137mg sodium, 74g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 5g fiber), 21g protein.

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