Super-meaty pasta sauce

    6 hours 45 min

    This hearty Italian-inspired meat sauce, takes over six hours to make, but the results are really worth the wait. Sausages, pork and beef meatballs are simmered in a rich and well-flavoured tomato sauce. Enjoy over freshly cooked pasta.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 6 cloves garlic, sliced and divided
    • 1.3kg seasoned passata
    • 3 (400g) tinned chopped tomatoes with juice
    • 1.5 litres water
    • 1.4kg tomato puree
    • 900g mild Italian sausages
    • 900g lean minced beef
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
    • 120g grated Pecorino Romano cheese
    • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 450g pork meat, cubed
    • 110g dry breadcrumbs
    • 3 tablespoons garlic granules
    • 25g grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 eggs

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:6hr  ›  Ready in:6hr45min 

    1. In large pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over low heat. Add chopped onion and two-thirds of sliced garlic. Saute for 5 minutes. Add passata, chopped tomatoes, water and tomato puree. Simmer.
    2. Meanwhile, in large frying pan, heat remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Saute remaining garlic for 1 to 2 minutes. Add sausages and brown, about three minutes on each side. After browning, cover and reduce heat. Cook for 10 minutes, remove from heat and cut sausages into halves. Add to tomato mixture.
    3. Cook pork over medium heat in sausage frying pan until brown. Add to tomato mixture. Add 3 tablespoons parsley, Pecorino Romano, oregano, salt and pepper to tomato sauce. Continue to simmer over low heat.
    4. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Cover a baking tray with foil. In large bowl combine minced beef, breadcrumbs, garlic granules, remaining parsley, Parmesan and eggs. Form 2.5cm balls and place on baking tray. Cook until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Add meatballs to sauce. Continue to cook sauce for 5 hours. Serve over fusilli or ravioli.

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    Yummy!! My boyfriend and I made this together, drank wine, put on music and we're new to cooking but OH MY GOD YUM I come from a big Italian family where everyone has their own way of making sauce.This will now be mine 2 thumbs up or more...this sauce was awesome I wish I could post a picture of him sneaking in the kitchen every five minutes to taste it again Perfecto!  -  09 Jul 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is one of the best meat sauces I have ever tasted. This sauce has a wonderful flavor and none of the bitterness that is so common in many sauces. I served this to my family tonight and they loved it.... I highly recommend this recipe!  -  23 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe was a hit! (with me, and the people who ate it) I halved everything and added just a tad bit more oregano, parsley and romano cheese. It was my first time ever making any kind of sauce and it was fun and worked well.  -  06 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)