Slow and low makes this the best minced meat in tomato sauce recipe! This is something I have been cooking since I met my husband and that is a very long time ago. I remember my daughter saying her friends were coming to our house for the lasagna as well as “just your food in general mom” so I feel blessed that I can finally blog about something I’ve been connected to my entire life. Yes, food 🙂
This mince sauce has so much flavor from such a few ingredients it wont just look good it will taste it too. If you look at the image below this meat sauce had been on the stove for 20 minutes and it was not yet done. A few extra minutes however make all the difference so a little more patience and you have a delicious sauce!
You will need:
Canned chopped tomato
Passata (passata di pomodoro) (tomato puree that you buy in a bottle anywhere from Spar to Woolworths to Checkers and Pick & Pay.
A non stick pan
and some cooking oil (any)
Boil water in the kettle
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Suggestions and Tips
- Don’t throw the cans away when you add the canned tomato, instead get some water into them (I like kettle hot water not cold) about a 1/4 to a half water in each can.
- When adding the water there’s no need to pour it all in one go, rather add it dash at a time because you don’t want a watery sauce you want it thick and full of flavor not water.
- This sauce must be cooked on low so if your medium is a bit high then lower the heat because the idea here is slow and low this is a no rush sauce.
Minced Meat in Tomato Sauce
A very tasty, easy, slow cooking tomato sauce.
- Lean Beef Mince 500g
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp chili powder (any)
- 2 cans of tomato
- tsp dried basil
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 cup tomato passata (passata di pomodoro) (tomato puree
- 1/2 cup of red wine
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 tbsp oil
- Fresh basil (optional)
- Step 1 Heat a non stick pan or skillet
- Step 2 Add the oil to heat and add the onion to cook. When the onion is almost translucent (shiny glossy) add the garlic.
- Step 3 Let the garlic cook in the onion for a few seconds
- Step 4 In goes the mince and brown it while mixing/breaking it up.
- Step 5 Salt, turmeric, thyme & chili powder. Mix it all in
- Step 6 When the mince has browned remove it from the pan and set aside in a bowl
- Step 7 Same pan, add the canned tomatoes (keep the tins)
- Step 8 Pour water into the empty tomato cans (about a 1/4 of water in each can) and pour one in with the tomatoes
- Step 9 Cook the tomatoes on medium heat for about 15 minutes (if your heat is too high on medium get it lower you want the tomatoes to cook slowly not fast
- Step 10 Once it has simmered for 15 minutes add the puree, mix and add the other can of 1/2 water (dash by dash not all at once)
- Step 11 Bring the mince meat back and add some dried basil. Continue cooking on low for another 10 minutes or until the sauce slightly thickens. Add the passata and the red wine
- Step 12 Stir and continue cooking for another 5 to 7 minutes
- Step 13 Remove from the heat and add fresh basil to wilt in the sauce and serve.