Sicilian Sweet Spaghetti Sauce


Sicilian Sweet Spaghetti Sauce

Course: Main Dish
Keyword: Sicilian Sweet Spaghetti Sauce
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  • 1 large Spanish or sweet onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large can whole tomatoes slightly crushed (no seasonings added)
  • 3 12-ounce cans tomato paste (no seasonings added)
  • 8 to 12 cups water
  • Sweet basil
  • 1 cup sugar


  • In a large Dutch oven, over medium heat, mix onion, garlic and oil.
  • Cook until onion is just tender.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste and water.
  • Stir until thoroughly mixed.
  • Sprinkle enough sweet basil to make a layer over the top of entire Dutch oven and mix.
  • Add sugar; don’t be afraid, the sauce is supposed to taste sweet! (I usually use more than a cup depending on how sour the tomato paste is.)
  • Serve Sicilian Sweet Spaghetti Sauce over angel hair or spaghetti.


This sweet spaghetti sauce recipe came from a Sicilian woman who used to cook in an Italian restaurant in Manhattan. She says that a young Frank Sinatra regularly requested this sauce upon his frequent visits. It is very simple and, I think, very good. If it’s good of for Sinatra, it’s good enough for me. You can find this recipe in our Eat & Explore Oklahoma cookbook! Get your copy today!