High Quality Pasta Sauce

This is a recipe I started work on while living in NY in 2018, using cheap ingredients I could get from a local Brooklyn south american supermarket. It has since evolved into something with a lot of OOMPH!

It's essentially a typical red meat sauce that you’ll find in any Italian pasta house, but its just a really good one!


The amounts here produce a pot that contains 4 large servings!

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1x Large Onion - any kind
  • 1x Celery Stick
  • 1x Carrot
  • 400g Mince Beef or Lamb (needs a longer cook)
  • 1x Red Bell Pepper
  • 1x Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 10x Fresh Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2x Large Brown Mushrooms (or 6-8 small ones)
  • 6x Garlic Cloves
  • 10-15x Black Olives
  • 1 fist full of Mixed Herbs or Rosemary + Oregano
  • 1-2 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar or Red Wine
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of Marmite
  • 1x Chicken or Beef Stock Cube
  • Parmesan cheese

How to make it!

  1. Chop onions and and fry them in a large pot at low medium heat.
  2. Finely chop celery and carrot, fry with the onions are clear/brown.
  3. Chop the bell pepper and add it once the onions are done; cook for about 2 more mins!
  4. Add the minced beef and fry until pink bits are gone.
  5. Add tinned tomatoes; then fill the tin with fresh water and add that too.
  6. Loosely chop tomatoes and mushrooms; bring everything to a simmer.
  7. Loosely chop garlic and add that; add olives, crush them between your fingers as you do.
  8. Add herbs, vinegar/wine, stir in marmite, break up stock cube and add it in too.
  9. Bring everything to a boil (add more water if needed) - then put on lid and reduce heat.
  10. Simmer for 1-2 hours! Remove lid to allow it to reduce to the desired thickness near the end.
  11. Done! You can eat it right away or cool it and reheat it later - do not cool it too fast!

How to eat!

I recommend using fusilli pasta; cook the pasta a little al-dentate; serve in a wide past bowl with a generous amount of sauce; top it off with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese. This also goes great with Spanish red wine, something with a bit of bite!

Use a fork, and place pastas in mouth at a reasonable speed! (hard!)