Hot and Sweet Spaghetti Sauce

Victoria Ross


One of the first things I made when I went out on my own at 18 and was always a favorite with my friends. Have always used this recipe with the exception of the brown sugar which my late friend Lilli suggested I add a few years later and I loved it! Always have a good memory of her when I add the brown sugar.

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20 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


1 1/2 lb
ground beef
large links of italian sausage, i use hot but feel free to use regular or sweet
2 large
green peppers, large dice
1 large
onion, large dice
10 clove
garlic, minced
2~8 oz
package of white mushrooms, sliced
28 oz
can of diced tomatoes with juice
6 oz
can of tomato paste, roasted garlic or plain
3~24 oz
jar or can of spaghetti sauce, your choice
1/2 c
brown sugar
1 tsp
2 tsp
ground black pepper
1-2 Tbsp
italian seasoning, i use penzey spice's tuscan sunset blend
a few shakes of garlic powder

How to Make Hot and Sweet Spaghetti Sauce


  • 1With the Italian sausage still in the casing, squeeze out some of the sausage so it resembles a ball about half the size of a golf ball. Do this will all the sausage. Brown ground beef and sausage in large skillet until done. Drain off fat in a colander and return to skillet.
  • 2In a large stockpot with lid, heat 2 tbs olive oil over medium heat. Add green pepper, onion and mushrooms. Cook until slightly tender with a little crunch left in the onion and peppers. Add minced garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • 3Add jars of spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes and tomato paste to cooked vegetables in stockpot. Mix well. Add cooked hamburger and sausage to sauce in stockpot. Mix well.
  • 4Add brown sugar, pepper, salt, Italian seasoning and a few shakes of garlic powder to sauce. Mix well.
  • 5Reduce heat to low and cover pan with lid. Simmer over low heat,stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes, but I do mine for a few hours to let the flavors do their thing.
  • 6I use this sauce over spaghetti and for making manicotti and stuffed shells. Enjoy!!

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About Hot and Sweet Spaghetti Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian