Veal, Beef & Pork Sugo


This Italian tomato sauce recipe simmers for a long time, allowing some of the liquid to evaporate, concentrating the flavor. This easy recipe is perfect for meal prep--it makes a large batch, so serve some over pasta for dinner and freeze the rest for a quick meal in the future.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
18 servings


  • ounce dried porcini mushrooms

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ¼ pounds ground pork

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 8 ounces ground veal

  • 2 stalks celery, minced

  • 1 medium carrot, minced

  • 1 medium onion, minced

  • 12 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

  • 4 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, preferably San Marzano, coarsely chopped

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt


  1. Combine mushrooms and water in a medium heatproof bowl. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. Add beef and veal; cook, breaking up the meat, until no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Add celery, carrot, onion, garlic and parsley; cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes more.

  3. Strain the mushrooms, reserving the soaking liquid. Mince them and add to the pot along with the soaking liquid. Add tomatoes and their juices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

  4. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in butter and salt.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
13g Fat
8g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 15g 30%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Vitamin A 1425IU 29%
Vitamin C 24mg 27%
Folate 22mcg 5%
Sodium 450mg 20%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Magnesium 34mg 8%
Potassium 566mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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