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,  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)


  • 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 to brown the butter.
  • Then add the finely diced onion and garlic and saute until pale and translucent — 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:  This sauce is delicious with all sorts of pasta, gnocchi and can be used for lasagne.