This recipe makes about 12 servings. Make it and freeze most of it for those nights when you’re late getting home. This sauce takes 30 mins start to finish.

I was so sick of buying bottled sauce for my kids. I would buy the expensive kind with just a few ingredients, but I found that it still tasted sour, or bottled, or just not great. plus at $8 a bottle, it was ridiculous for me not to make my own. Most bottled or canned sauces have all sorts of sugars and preservatives in them, and you just don’t need that crap.

I use pork in this recipe, but really, you can swap the pig out for a pound of anything, or use a can of beans, or no protein at all. It’s up to you.

This is a really simple sauce that can be made in a lot of different ways. Sometimes I boil the meat in milk, sometimes I use chilies to make it spicy. I usually put leftover red wine in it, too. If you have any soft tomatoes, this sauce is where they go to die. Pitch any vegetables into it. You can use fresh tomatoes instead of canned, but I always have canned tomatoes in the house so I use those. If you find canned tomatoes without BPA in the can lining, let me know where you got them. I’m still looking.


1lb ground pork

2 – 796ml (28oz) cans of crushed tomatoes, plus whatever soft tomatoes you have in the house, chopped roughly

2 extra large or 3-4 regular cloves of garlic, crushed

1 medium onion, chopped

5 large sprigs of fresh basil, chopped

2T olive oil

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2-1 cup red wine (optional)

Use a large pan or pot.

Brown the onions and garlic in the olive oil.


When the onions and garlic are fragrant and browned, add the ground pork and brown it, breaking up the chunks as it cooks.


Add both cans of tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, wine if you’re using it, and basil. Bring the sauce up to a low boil to thoroughly cook the meat.


When the meat is cooked, add the parmesan, stir, and serve.