Beautiful beef, sausage and vegetable pasta sauce

Beautiful beef, sausage and vegetable pasta sauce


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About this recipe: This gorgeous pasta sauce has meaty beef mince and sausage, loads of fresh tomatoes and an absolute cornucopia of beautiful veg: Courgette, mushrooms, carrots, spinach, green and red peppers, onion and garlic. Add fresh herbs and seasoning, and you've got a very yummy, healthy pasta sauce indeed. Note: The longer it simmers, the more flavourful it will be!


Serves: 10 

  • 450g Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 450g lean beef mince
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 courgette, quartered and sliced
  • 350g mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 110g fresh basil, julienned
  • 300g frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2.5kg tinned chopped tomatoes

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr30min 

  1. In a medium frying pan over medium heat, cook sausage and beef mince until brown. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons fat; set aside.
  2. In a large stock pot heat oil over medium heat. Cook onions in oil until translucent. Stir in green and red peppers, courgette, mushrooms and carrots and cook until just tender. Stir in basil, spinach, thyme, oregano, garlic and sugar; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook 2 to 5 minutes; Add reserved browned meat and fat and pour in tomatoes; stir well, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

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