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Noni’s Meat Sauce

Main Courses

Serves 5 cups

This flavorful meat sauce uses pork, beef and pancetta combined with wine and herbs to make a delicious topping for any pasta. Great with Tagliatelle or Rigatoni.

Noni's Meat Sauce


Melt butter and oil in a large saucepan. Add pancetta and sauté over low heat until browned. Add onion and celery and cook over low heat. Add carrots and garlic and continue to brown. Do not burn garlic.


Add meat and the mushrooms. Cook, stirring over moderate heat. Add wine, herbs, salt and pepper. Stir until wine is evaporated. Add tomatoes and broth and cook over low heat for a couple of hours, checking and stirring occasionally.


Noni's Meat Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 -3 oz pancetta, diced
  • 1/2 cup white onions, minced
  • 2/3 cup celery, minced
  • 2/3 cup carrots, minced
  • 4 cloves, garlic, minced
  • 3/4 lb beef chuck roast, ground
  • 1/4 lb pork loin, ground
  • 1-1/2 ounces dry mushrooms, soaked in hot chicken broth for 20 minutes, squeezed dry and minced.
  • 1-1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups canned imported Italian plum tomatoes, drained, seeds removed and chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth