The best pasta sauce you can make

I can make the best pasta sauce. Even better than the Italian nana’s these days. I know that’s a bold statement, but I know I am right. And if you try this sauce, you know it too.
Because I cook the sauce over a fire, instead of cooking it on a gas-fired stovetop, I get the authentic flavour. This is the original Italian sauce they made in the olden days.

Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 6 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Pasta
Servings 4 people
Calories 5 kcal


  • 500 grams Pork or boar leg
  • 15 pieces ripe tomatoes
  • 4 pieces sliced onions
  • 3 cloves finely cut garlic
  • 2 pieces sliced celery stalks
  • 4 pieces sliced carrot
  • 1 part fresh thyne
  • 1 part fresh oregano
  • 1 part fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 L boiling water For the pasta
  • 1 tbsp Sea salt


  • Grate the tomatoes with a food grater and get rid of the skin. Set this aside.
  • Cut the pork into 2 finger-thick slices and season it with sea salt.
  • Fire up your grill to a temperature of 250°C/482°F. Grill the pork over direct heat for a nice sear. Keep flipping the meat until you see that Maillard effect appear.
  • Take the pork out of the grill and lower the temperature to around 150°C (302F). Place an oven tray on the grates and pour in the olive oil.
  • Put the sliced onion in and let it get brown and soft. Add the garlic, celery and carrots. Stirfry it a bit, and then pour in the grated tomatoes.
  • Let this simmer for a while until you add the meat to the sauce. Lay the oregano, thyme and rosemary on the sauce and top the tray with hot water.
  • Close the lid and let the sauce simmer for 4 to 5 hours. The sauce is ready when the pork is fall apart tender. When the sauce threatens to dry up before this happens just pour in some extra water.
  • Pull the pork apart and season the sauce with salt and pepper.



Calories: 5kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1770mgPotassium: 23mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 43IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Pasta, Pork leg, Sauce
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