A vegetable packed meat sauce, versatile for all sorts of uses, and good for you!
- 2 tbl olive oil
- 1 tbl butter
- 1 red onion, diced
- 2 large carrots, diced
- 2 sticks celery, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 500 g beef mince
- 500 g pork mince
- ½ cup red wine
- 2 x 400 g tins whole ripe tomatoes
- 1 tbl tomato paste / puree
- 1 tin lentils with liquid
- 3 large zucchinis, grated
- 2 cups beef stock
- ½ cup whole milk
- ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped finely
- Place a large dutch oven on a medium heat, and add olive oil and butter.
- Once the butter begins to foam, add in the meats, breaking into small pieces. Allow to break apart and cook until liquid comes out of the mince. Brown for a further 5 – 10 min, until liquid disappears.
TIP: Listen to the meat, as it will go from a bubbling sound in the liquid, to a frying noise once the liquid cooks away.
- Remove meat from pan with a slotted spoon into a bowl. Put aside.
- Add onion, carrot and celery and cook over medium heat for around 5 min, or until beginning to soften. If pan is too dry, add a little more olive oil.
- Once vegetables begin to soften, add in garlic and zucchini and cook away until the liquid cooks away.
- Add tomato paste and cook away for a few minutes.
- Add in wine, allow to cook away until wine becomes syrupy.
- Add tin of lentils, including the tin liquid, the meat, including any juices that have run off, and the stock, bringing up to the boil.
- Turn down heat to lowest possible, and put on a lid.
- Simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring regularly. If liquid is evaporating too quickly, top up with a small amount of water.
- Remove lid, add milk and stir in thoroughly. Simmer away for a further half hour with lid off. If sauce is becoming too thick, add in a small amount of water.
- Once thick and viscous, season to taste with salt and pepper, and add parsley in to finish.
- Make sure to use whole tinned tomatoes. Avoid the diced ones, as the tomatoes that are rejected for the whole tinned for their quality generally end up in these.
- This sauce can be served immediately, with leftovers able to be frozen.
- Sauce can be served with pasta or noodles, or used in lasagnes and other dishes.
- To further use, you can always add in spice mixes, beans, etc for burritos, chilli con carne, etc.