Fresh produce shot at Hollywood Farmers Market LA and Eataly NYC - swoon...

Fresh produce shot at Hollywood Farmers Market LA and Eataly NYC – swoon…

I want to share with you my favourite pasta sauce, courtesy of my gorgeous friend Jane who posted this on our joint website,

Her friend’s mother, Mrs Montafia, ย makes this heavenly tomato and meat sauce and pours it over cloud-like gnocchi and home-made pastas.

It makes a very generous quantity and I add to pasta for a delicious and easy Sunday night family meal, and stash the rest in my freezer for emergency meals. It’s a must-make.

Mrs Montafia’s Pasta Sauce

(with thanks to Mrs Montafia, via fashionfoodfatale)

ย Ingredients

  • 100 gms butter
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed or finely minced (or more if you like garlic)
  • 250 gms pork (finely minced) 250 gms beef (finely minced)
  • 250 gms chicken (finely minced)
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 sticks celery, finely diced
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 275 gms tomato paste (preferably no added salt)
  • 1 bottle plain passata
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste


  • In a large pot add the butter and oil and melt over a medium heat, being careful not toย brown the butter.
  • Then add the finely diced onion and garlic andย saute until pale and translucent โ€” about 2 mins.
  • Add the pork, beef and chicken mince. Cook until lightly browned and just sealed. Season with white pepper and a little salt.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours on a low to medium heat. Keep slightly covered with lid if you want it saucier, and stir as needed to prevent the sauce sticking to the pot.
  • Towards end, season with salt and ground black pepper to taste. You can also add a pinch of sugar to sweeten the tomato base if necessary.

To serve: ย This sauce is delicious with all sorts of pasta, gnocchi and can be used for lasagne.