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Sicilian Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Sicilian Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Golden raisins and pine nuts add a new flavor twist to this southern-Italian pasta sauce.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions. Stir parsley and pine nuts into meat sauce. Drain spaghetti; top with sauce. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional 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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Nifer80 User ID: 5002757 120790
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"This is one of my family's staples. I do omit the pine nuts and raisins, and allow it to simmer for over an hour when I have the time. This allows the flavors to blend and thickens the sauce. As too it being too sweet, I love that it tastes nothing like the store bought spaghetti sauces. Also, using the red wine over the vinegar also adds that sweetness and takes out any acidic aftertaste from the vinegar."

shellyvaldez3 User ID: 6376076 137376
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"I make this all the time but changed a few things in at take out the nuts and rasins and add in mushrooms and use a red onion it's great and slot better thickens ip and is chunky great recipe"

heatherkuehnel User ID: 3276515 143470
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"This reccipe was too sweet for spaghetti sauce. Also, It was exremely chunky. It didnt get thick at all!!!"

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