Meat sauce for lasagne

Meat sauce for lasagne


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About this recipe: This delicious meat sauce is made with beef and is ideal for use in lasagne and other Italian pasta dishes. The long, slow cook ensures a rich flavour and thick sauce. Bellissima!


Serves: 6 

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 small celery sticks, diced
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1kg lean beef mince
  • 2 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 500g passata
  • 250ml red wine
  • 4 to 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan or deep frying pan.
  2. Add the diced onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook slowly for about 8 to 10 minutes or until softened. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Brown the mince in the same frying pan. Add the vegetables back into the pan with the cooked mince; stir in tomato puree, passata, red wine and chopped basil.
  4. Let the sauce cook over very low heat, without a lid, for 1 1/2 or 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the ragu has thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use as desired in a lasagne or other pasta recipe.


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