Old Italian Meat Sauce

Old Italian Meat Sauce


"A robust hearty Italian meat and mushroom pasta sauce. Serve with your favorite pasta, if desired."


4 h 30 m servings 296 cals
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Original recipe yields 20 servings



  • Calories:
  • 296 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 16.8 g
  • 26%
  • Carbs:
  • 15.9g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 15.2 g
  • 30%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 51 mg
  • 17%
  • Sodium:
  • 788 mg
  • 32%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large skillet, brown beef and pork over medium heat until no longer pink; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, warm olive oil over medium heat and saute onions and garlic until tender; add about 1/2 cup of wine; mix well.
  3. Add mushrooms, rosemary, oregano and thyme to skillet and add another 1/2 cup wine; saute until tender.
  4. Add browned meat, tomato sauce and tomato paste to mixture; simmer for 1 hour and add the remaining 2 cups of wine.
  5. Simmer sauce on low for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally; serve.
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  1. 65 Ratings


Simply terrific!! I'm from a long line of great Italian cooks, but I haven't been one of them. My sauce was never as good as "the grandmas", but since I tried this recipe, thats all changed, eve...

I give this one a five after I made some changes. I liked how the seasonings were in this, unique and fresh, I left out the rosemary and added fresh basil although I made sure not to add more b...

My husband and I thought this recipe was good. Very meaty and thick! One word of caution, if you don't like the smell and flavor of red wine it's not for you. Even after being fully cooked do...

This is a really goody recipe. My wife and I vary it per the ingrediants we have on hand, sometimes using italian sausage or sometimes using only ground beef. If we don't have fresh herbs we'l...

this sauce is exceptional!!! I used half ground beef and half bulk italian sausage. For the wine I used Cab Sav from Barefoot. For the people who found the sauce a little "winey", the key is t...

This is a 4 star recipe but has 5 star possibility with some changes. But still a great sauce! I made it the night before and left it in fridge overnight before reheating it on the stove. I also...

Excellent! Cut recipe in half and found it quite tasty! Added in more garlic though and used crushed tomatoes.

This sauce was great, exactly what I was looking for. I subbed in some ground Turkey to make it a little healthier, and added some sugar and nutmeg to the sauce which really rounded out the flav...

This is truly an authentic recipe. My family enjoyed the unique flavor. Keep in mind, however, the taste of wine is powerful. A recipe you should avoid if you are do not like wine.