Basic Meat Sauce

Basic Meat Sauce

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If the amount of sauce is too much for one meal, freeze the rest for another day. The sauce is best made in larger quantities for maximum flavour
Servings: 6
Calories: 450


  • 1 oz butter
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 large onions finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • 2 celery stalks finely chopped
  • 1 carrot peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb lean minced beef
  • 4 oz bacon derinded and chopped
  • 14 oz canned Italian plum tomatoes
  • 4 oz flat field mushrooms chopped
  • 3 floz red wine or water
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or basil


  • Melt the butter with 1 tbsp of the oil and sweat the on ions, garlic, celery and carrot in a large covered pan for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon. Fry the beef and bacon until browned all over.
  • Add the vegetables with the rest of the ingredients, and seasoning. Mix well and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer for 2 hours (4 hours is best).
  • Spoon into a large bowl and leave to cool completely. Chill overnight, then remove any fat from the surface.
  • Reheat gentlyfor 30 minutes, stirring.
Calories: 450 kcal
Carbohydrates: 9 g
Protein: 26 g
Fat: 33g
Saturated Fat: 13 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 98 mg
Sodium: 152 mg
Potassium: 731 mg
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 4 g
Vitamin A: 2436 IU
Vitamin C: 14 mg
Calcium: 40 mg
Iron: 3 mg
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