Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Tomato, Bacon and Meat Sauce for Pasta

When not cooking Asian dishes, you will find me dabbling in pasta sauces.

I enjoying using a tomato base sauce as it can go with almost any kind of pasta and its a main meal.

Was a little adventurous today, used streaky bacon to give it an added burst of flavour, switched to minced pork (normally minced beef), added in carrots and some celery for a little crunchy aspect.

Outcome? Well, exact words from hubby was "it taste funny". Oh! My heart sank on hearing those words. All the hard work of chopping and mincing in the kitchen in hope of hearing the words " good" - GONE! Ohh.. the trials and tribulations of cooking.

The minced pork was the "murderer" today as it did not do justice so please do stick to using minced beef instead.

300g Minced Meat (preferably beef)
5 pcs Streaky Bacon, thin strips
2 tins Skinned Tomatoes, chopped/mashed
1 clove Garlic, chopped
2 pcs Yellow/Large Onions, diced
1 pcs Carrot, diced
2 pcs Celery, diced
Red Wine, to taste (normally put 1/4 of a cup)
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Parsley for garnishing

1. Brown bacon in pan.
2. Add onion and saute till caramelize.
3. Add garlic once you can aromatic add in minced meat. Saute for another 2-3 minutes
4. Add tomatoes and red wine. Simmer for 30 minutes.
5. Add carrots and simmer for another 15 minutes.
6. Boil spaghetti in salted water for about 15 minutes. Drain.
7. To serve, on spaghetti, put some celery and pour hot sauce on top. This will then retain the crunchiness of the celery when you bite into it yet, does not taste raw. Then garnish with bit of parsley.


  1. Hmmmm... You're giving me ideas for our interpretation of a BLT....

  2. what if you added some herbs to liven the sauce a bit? thyme, oregano and basil are frequently used in tomato sauces, but i personally like adding rosemary as well. just a suggestion!

  3. Hi Joey,
    I love basil and Thank You, will absolutely take your suggestions and keep you posted :)