Pasta sauce with mince

    1 hour 25 min

    This recipe has been handed down from my mother. It is a family favourite and will not be replaced!

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    Serves: 8 

    • 450g (1 lb) beef mince
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 small green pepper, diced
    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
    • 1 (500g) jar passata
    • 150g tomato puree
    • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
    • 2 teaspoons dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Ready in:1hr25min 

    1. Combine mince, onion, garlic and green pepper in a large saucepan. Cook and stir until meat is brown and vegetables are tender. Drain fat from pan.
    2. Stir chopped tomatoes, passata and tomato puree into the pan. Season with oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer pasta sauce for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

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    Very delicious and easy to follow  -  12 Aug 2012


    I have used this for years. I have played around with it a little and found that a teaspoon of sugar cuts the acidity of the tomatoes. And if you want to make it taste a little richer, stir in a quarter cup of cream before serving. Also, I drain grease off the beef before adding any vegetables, that way you aren't pouring out all your garlic/onion flavour!  -  14 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I love this recipe and it has become my favorite with a couple of small changes. I like my sauce more creamy with the tomatoes less chunky, so I use "crushed" instead of diced tomatoes. I love mushrooms, so I also add a 7 ounce jar (drained) of button mushrooms (usually Pennsylvania Dutchman available at my regular grocery). The button type mushrooms are good because they are easy to see in the sauce and can be left off the spoon for those eaters who don't like them.  -  27 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)