Sweet and spicy sausage pasta sauce

    1 hour 40 min

    This sausage pasta sauce is packed with flavour. You can use Italian sausages with the casings removed, or regular sausagemeat can be used.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 450g spicy Italian sausagemeat
    • 60ml white wine
    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 80g fresh sliced mushrooms
    • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
    • 60ml red wine
    • 4 tablespoons dried Italian herbs
    • 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
    • 6 bay leaves
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 pinch dried rosemary
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
    • 500g passata
    • 350g tomato puree
    • 4 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 4 tablespoons icing sugar

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Place sausagemeat in a large, deep frying pan. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain and set aside.
    2. In a large pan combine white wine, onion, mushrooms and pepper. Cook on medium heat until vegetables are tender. Stir in red wine, Italian herbs, red chilli, bay leaves, oregano, onion powder, garlic granules, basil, rosemary, allspice, salt, thyme, sage, marjoram, passata, tomato puree and sausagemeat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
    3. Stir in dark brown soft sugar and icing sugar; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.


    You can omit the sugar entirely, or simply start out with a tablespoon at a time to taste.

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    I've made this twice now. This first time it was good, but too spicy! The second time I used mild italian sausage, cut the italian seasoning in 1/2, used just a pinch of crushed pepper, used a whole bell pepper & onion and added 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon of regualr sugar (still used brown & confection as well). It was soooooooo good! Probably the best spaghetti sauce I've ever had. Hard for me to say, cuz Spaghetti has been my favorite since I was a kid! You'll love the waves of sweet and spice... Enjoy!!  -  01 Jun 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very very awesome sauce. Really unique with it's sweet and spicy taste. I made it last week and my boyfriend said he is craving more. I used 5 roma tomatoes instead of 4 and simmered it for 4 hours or so. For the last 20 minutes I added meatballs. the family loved it and says i now make the best spagetti sauce they ever tasted. If you don't like overly thick sauce add a little bit of water. Will definitely make again.  -  03 Jul 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This sauce is definitely unique. It wasn't bad, but it had such a strong flavor from one of the spices, it was hard to eat too much of it. I think it was the allspice, had a strong clove taste to it. I followed the recipe exactly except used mild Italian sausage. I would try this again, but cutting down on some of the over powering spices, and adding some garlic. If you're looking to wake up your taste buds, this sauce is for you!  -  05 Oct 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)