Sunday, 16 August 2015

Meat Sauce

A classic meat sauce is juicy, mildly spiced and flavorful.  Ground meat is slow cooked in marinara sauce along with tomatoes, stock and herbs to juicy perfection. Best served over cooked Spaghetti or with garlic bread.


  • 500 Grams Ground meat (I used mutton mince/keema.You can use ground beef )
  • 2 Tablespoons EVOO
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 Large onion chopped finely
  • 1 Green Bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 Cup Tomato puree
  • 1/4 Cup Tomato Paste
  • 1 Cup Marinara Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken stock or white wine
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon mixed dried Italian herbs ( thyme, oregano and basil)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1 Large potato cut into big chunks ( optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro or parsley for garnish
  • salt to taste


1. In a large pot over medium high heat, add ground beef and sauté for 3 to 4  minutes until the meat turns pale and slightly browned
2.Remove the meat from the pan and set aside
3. In the same pan, add olive oil. When the oil is hot, add bay leaves and garlic and fry until the garlic is light golden
4. Add onions and green bell pepper and fry for a minute
5. Then add tomato puree and sauté for 3 minutes until oil separates from the mixture
6. Then add tomato paste, marinara sauce and sauté for a minute
7. Add sugar dried herbs, red chilli flakes and sauté for 2 more minutes until well combined
8. Then add browned meat along with chicken stock and give it a nice stir. If you are using potatoes you can add them now
9. Close the pot with a lid and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour until the meat is soft, juicy and cooked through
10. Meat sauce is ready to be served. Serving suggestion: Serve meat sauce over cooked spaghetti or your favourite pasta. I served it with roti and baguette

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