A forever-Italian treasure, straight from Momma’s heart

I’m positive it was recipes like this that made my momma’s restaurant in Lake Tahoe a hotspot for celebrities.

One of the dishes she was most known for was her pasta with homemade Bolognese (meat sauce). So, I thought it might be nice to kick off the new year by sharing one of our family’s all-time favorites. This, I hope, will be your “go to” meat sauce, and I can promise you that your pasta will never be the same!

So here you go: a forever-Italian treasure, straight from Momma’s heart.

Check out Momma and me in this how-to video for her sauce: jandatri.com/recipe/mommas-famous-meat-sauce.


1 large sweet yellow onion, finely diced

3 or 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced

2 sticks of celery, finely diced

1 large carrot, finely diced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound of fresh ground beef

1/2 pound Italian sausage (sweet or hot)

2 cans (16 oz.) organic tomato sauce

1 can (6 oz.) organic tomato paste

3 bay leaves

2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped

Salt and pepper to taste (add only at the

end of the cooking process)


In a large pan (or Dutch oven) over medium heat, sauté onion, garlic, celery and carrot in olive oil until tender and translucent. Add beef and sausage and cook until browned. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, wine, bay leaves and basil. Simmer for about 45 minutes. Sauce is done when dark oil begins to bubble to the surface. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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