Sicilian Spaghetti Sauce

Our spaghetti sauce recipe receives 5-star reviews for its slow-simmering authentic flavor. Pair it with your favorite pasta and warm breadsticks on the side.

Southern Living MARCH 2003

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
  • Cook time: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes


  • 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can Italian-style tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • Hot cooked linguine
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Breadsticks (optional)


Remove casings from sausage, and discard. Cook sausage and ground beef in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat 6 minutes, stirring until meat crumbles. Add onion and garlic, and sauté 4 minutes or until beef and sausage are no longer pink. Drain and set aside. Wipe skillet clean.

Combine sauce and next 7 ingredients in skillet or Dutch oven; cook, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Add sausage mixture and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 hour and 30 minutes or until mixture thickens. Serve over linguine; sprinkle with cheese. Serve with breadsticks, if desired.


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