Italian Pasta Sauce with Meat and Fresh Herbs

Recipe makes approximately  2 quarts.  The sauce freezes well, so you can make a lot and freeze it for later! Or, you can easily halve the recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 3 Tbs. olive oil     
  • 3/4 lb. ground beef 
  • 3/4 lb. ground pork
  • 1 large onion, chopped   (About 1 1/2 cups)
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced    (I highly recommend using a garlic press.)
  • 4 Tbs. roughly chopped fresh parsley –  divided
  • 4 Tbs. roughly chopped fresh basil –  divided
  • 1/2 tsp.salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 cup red wine
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano
  • OPTIONAL – 10 Crimini (or any type of brown mushroom) mushrooms, sliced       

In a large skillet with high sides – or a large pan, such as the size you boil pasta in, heat  3 Tbs. olive oil – add 3/4 lb. ground beef and 3/4 lb. ground pork. Break up the meat as it cooks, and continue cooking until juices run clear. Continue cooking until all liquid is absorbed and meat is browned a bit. Add chopped onion, HALF the chopped parsley, HALF the chopped basil, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Continue cooking until onion is translucent.

Basic Italian Pasta Sauce with Meat - My Yellow Farmhouse.com -

Add tomato paste and mix until paste is thoroughly combined with the meat/onion mixture. Cook for another minute, then add the red wine. Allow to simmer a few minutes to intensify the flavors, then pour in the two cans of diced tomatoes.

 Basic Italian Meat Sauce - before simmering

I like to use a mesh cover to cut down on splashing. (I wonder why I bother… my kitchen is always a total disaster when I cook!)

splash screen - John's sauce

Simmer the sauce – uncovered – for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring every once in a while.  ++  If you prefer your sauce thicker, just continue simmering a bit longer.

Basic Italian Pasta Sauce with Meat - after 1 hour - My Yellow Farmhouse.comPhoto shows Italian Pasta Sauce with Meat and Fresh Herbs – 1 hour into cooking time.

Add the rest of the chopped fresh basil and chopped fresh parsley, which will gives you a wonderful burst of flavor.

++ The diced tomatoes may still be a bit “chunky at the end of the cooking time.  If you prefer a smoother sauce, you can “mash” the the diced tomatoes down a bit with a potato masher, which is what I do.

Remove the sauce from the heat.   Pour yourself a glass of some of that red wine and enjoy !

Basic Pasta Sauce with Meat - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

Here’s the link to my friend John’s Italian Pasta Sauce recipe, which was the basis of this recipe. http://fromthebartolinikitchens.com/2013/01/16/basic-meat-sauce-sugo-di-carne/

7 thoughts on “Italian Pasta Sauce with Meat and Fresh Herbs

    • Thanks so much ! I’m long overdue in posting but I’ve got four new recipes photographed and ready to be entered – another pasta one ’cause pasta (in any form) is always popular, an lovely Italian bread and two appetizer recipes!!

  1. I just checked to see if anyone had looked, at this odd hour, at the recipes I’d just posted. And – indeed – someone had checked out the new recipes and a few others. Quess what – they were referred from your blog – and the link was your recipe for Salami French Bread Pizza ! ; o ) Talk about ironic !!

    • Anne – you’re so sweet. You’ll love this… I was just checking my email. (It’s really, really late but I just got done posting three new recipes…) As I’m looking through my email, I notice TONS of responses to your recent post about Salami French Bread Pizza and I was muttering…’Look at all those comments!!!” Hell, I’m happy if I get two comments!! ; o )

  2. I was certainly hoping that you wouldn’t think that I somehow “mangled” your wonderful, traditional family recipe! I’d love it if everyone who sees this post “checks out” your blog because I love the recipes – and your stories about your family !

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