Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 5 hrs

This is a pasta sauce I make once a year and fill my freezer. Serve with any kind of pasta. Note from UnknownChef86: This is a recipe I adopted in 2006.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cover the bottom of a stock pot (at least 12 quart) with olive oil and set over medium heat.
  2. Add short ribs, oxtails, country style spare ribs and beef neck bone and brown them with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon granulated onion, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
  3. Cook until both sides of meat are browned.
  4. Remove meat to a bowl and set aside.
  5. In the same pan add the sausage and ground beef.
  6. When ground meats are cooked through, drain grease and oil from pan.
  7. If there are any large pieces of the ground meats, break them up or pulse in a food processor.
  8. Add to bowl with other meats, set aside.
  9. Pour 1/4 cup olive oil into pot and saute onions, Italian parsley, garlic, shallots, jalapeno peppers, and pesto.
  10. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic and 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion.
  11. When onions are limp, add all of the reserved meats.
  12. Over medium heat, add 2 cups red wine.
  13. While this mixture is cooking, in a separate saute pan, add 1/4 cup olive oil and over medium heat saute mushrooms.
  14. Raise heat to medium high and add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 granulated garlic, 1/2 teaspoon sugar.
  15. When mushrooms are browned add them to meats along with the tomato puree, tomato sauce and stock.
  16. In a food processor pulse stewed tomatoes with tomato paste until smooth and add them to the pot.
  17. Add allspice, Italian seasoning, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon granulated onion.
  18. The gravy must cover the meat and come close to the top of the pot.
  19. Reduce heat to the lowest simmer and cook uncovered for approximately 4 to 5 hours.
  20. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  21. When meat on oxtail is tender, take all of the whole meats out of the pot, leaving the ground meats inches.
  22. To complete gravy, add 1 tablespoon granulated garlic, fresh basil and cream sherry.
  23. Serve the meat with gravy and pasta.
  24. Remove the rest of the gravy from the heat and let cool for 2 hours at room temperature then divide into pint containers and freeze.


Most Helpful

This recipe had so many ingredients that I thought it has to be good...and it's excellent! It did take me all day between grocery shopping and cooking it. So far it's the best pasta sauce I've ever made and my husband agrees. I actually used more oxtail and short ribs than called for. I couldn't find beef neck bone or prime rib roast, so I substituted it with beef shank. I couldn't find pesto sauce without cheese and pinenuts, so used regular pesto sauce. I didn't have to add any water because my tomatoes sauces and chicken broth covered all the meat. Everything else I followed exactly and cooked it for 4 1/2 hours. It's cooling down right now and I'm about to package the rest and put it in my freezer. I can see why you only have to make this once a year, it makes a ton! Thank you Mean Chef!

Grace Lynn November 16, 2003

Ohhhhhh, this is soooo good!But let me warn u, DON'T taste this heavenly stuff until you have added the tomato sauces. If u do, u will stop right there and eat it as it. Good lord, this is really great stuff.

Apios June 20, 2005

Dh is one happy spaghetti eater; says it's the best I've ever made. The sauce doesn't have that irritating acid bite and none of the ingredients dominate. It's a marvelous melding. The only thing I changed was to use less olive oil. Zaar needs a new category, OAYC, Once A Year Cooking. I have an electric roaster large enough to cook a 25lb turkey and that's how big a container this sauce takes. The appliance was a gift and it's the first time I've used it in the last 20 years - so glad I kept it around. I'm delighted that I have the full quantity of gravy to use over the next year. It took awhile to find all the ingredients (oxtails don't grow on trees around here)but it's definitely worth the extra effort to acquire ALL of them. While it's true, this recipe is a bit of a commitment in time, effort and money, it's not beyond your skills and you won't be sorry.

sugarpea February 27, 2005

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