Beef and Fennel Sauce

    6 hours 30 minutes

    A good pasta sauce has to cook for a long time. Optional ingredients include pork chops, sausages or pork mince.

    2 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 1 yellow onion, chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 220g cubed beef stew meat
    • 85g tomato paste
    • 1 (800g) tin crushed tomatoes
    • 1 pinch dried parsley
    • 1 pinch dried basil
    • 1 pinch fennel seed
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:6hours  ›  Ready in:6hours30min 

    1. Put a small amount of olive oil in a large saucepan and saute onions and garlic until caramelized. Add stew meat and cook well, then tomato paste until paste has browned. Mix in the crushed tomatoes, and season with parsley, basil, fennel, salt and pepper. Simmer 6 to 7 hours, stirring occasionally.

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    An easy, if not awe inspiring spaghetti sauce recipe. My mother makes a similar dish she calls tomato gravy. My husband didn't care for the stew meat and stated he prefers hamburger or sausage. I added a green pepper and half a red pepper to the sauce with the onions. I also added fresh basil, oregano, thyme and parsley the last few minutes before serving.  -  22 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I grew up with this same type of sauce,made by my grandmother its great,I think pork works best in it gives the sauce a great flavor.  -  14 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is really good. It's a common way to make ragù in Southern Italy. I added some peas and used it in some arancini as well as on pasta. Thank you for the recipe.  -  01 Mar 2017  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)