Chunky Beef and Pork in Tomato Sauce

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Author Notes: My Mother rarely made meatballs, instead she would put nice chunks of beef and pork into the sauce and let it simmer all day until the meat is so tender it falls apart and the sauce is very thick and hearty, I like to serve this with homemade pasta.. I used olive oil to cook the meat and shallots but my Mom always used salt pork see note below regarding that method.sdebrango

Serves 6-8 depending on serving size

  • 1 pound Chuck roast cut into chunks
  • 1 pound pork shoulder cut into chunks
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed but left whole
  • 2 28 oz cans good quality crushed tomatoes
  • red wine to deglaze pan
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 4 fresh basil leaves torn
  1. Salt your meat. In dutch oven heat some olive oil, add shallots and cook until lightly browned, add the smashed garlic cloves and meat. Cook until meat is browned and deglaze with wine, add the bay leaf. Now add the tomatoes and basil and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, adust seasoning, cover and let simmer for at least 4 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving.
  2. NOTE:The crushed tomatoes are thick so I add a little water to each can after I dump in the tomatoes to thin the sauce a little. It will cook down and be very thick in the end .
  3. NOTE: My Mom cooked the shallot and meat in salt pork, I couldn't find any so used olive oil. Her method was as follows. She would scrape off about 2 tbs of the fat and add 1 clove of minced garlic and some parsley chopping so that the garlic was almost indistinguishable. She would then heat that until it liquifies and cook the shallots and meat in that. Olive oil is perfectly acceptable and delicious though. She never measured anything so its difficult to say exactly how much parsley but she did say one clove of garlic I would just pinch off the leaves of a few stems.
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about 1 month ago thi

Thank you. I am going to make this. When my family came here from Vietnam, our Italian neighbor across the street taught my mom a similar meat sauce with just beef though. Everything else is very similar. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Italian food remains my favorite cuisne.

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about 1 month ago sdebrango

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My Mom always made mixed meat sauce, it was delicious. I do hope you enjoy, thank you so much.

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about 1 month ago thi

What size can tomatoes?

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about 1 month ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Sorry I will add to the recipe 28 oz can.

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about 3 years ago Niknud

Hahaha - why use beef when you can have beef AND pork! Love it - much easier than meatballs and you get rid of all the extraneous bits like eggs and milk and breadcrumbs and get right down to the important bits!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Ha! you got that right, love mixed meat in tomato sauce. Meatballs are great but nothing like the ease of just throwing some hunks of meat in sauce, its just so easy.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you AJ, it really is delicious. Let me know what you think if you make it.

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about 3 years ago SKK

Wonderful recipe! So much better than making meatballs, love the idea. Thanks for sharing your Mom's recipe!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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I adjusted the recipe and reduced the beef to 1 pound and added a pound of pork shoulder, you can make with both or just beef or even just pork. Thank you so much SKK.

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Thank you for sharing your mother's recipe. This is priceless!! Making it, ASAP. We are going to love it. ;o)