• It's the perfect sunday night supper - comforting and easy to devour while perched on the couch for the evening film (Image credit: Elle).

  • It's the perfect sunday night supper - comforting and easy to devour while perched on the couch for the evening film (Image credit: Verses from My Kitchen).

Heavenly lazy night pasta sauce

This heavenly pasta sauce recipe features an assortment of meats braised down in a rich tomato sauce. It’s spiced slightly with cloves (hence the heavenly nature of it), and come Sunday night, serves as the perfect supper.

Cooking time


8 servings

what you’ll need

  • 100 gms butter
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed or finely minced
  • 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
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I want to share with you my favourite pasta sauce, courtesy of my gorgeous friend Jane who posted this on our joint website, www.fashionfoodfatale.com.

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 pasta centric family meal, and stash the rest in my freezer for emergency meals. It’s a must-make.


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.


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

Elizabeth Clarke is a stylist and fashion and beauty writer with a penchant for travel and good food. Based in Perth, she is a contributor to ELLE Australia, Grazia International, The West Australian and Pepper Passport. She has worked with glossy, high profile women like Miranda Kerr, Kristy Hinze, Jemima Khan and Donna Hay, and has hosted fashion launches for clients including Burberry, David Jones and Gucci. She is currently writing her first book; a manual and holy grail for modern mothers.


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