Chef Warren’s Meat Sauce

Pasta with meat sauce is a classic meal that is always a hit with parents and children alike! For this reason, it is important that you perfect your sauce and become comfortable enough to whip it up in no time during a busy day! Take a look at Chef Warren’s take on meat sauce- it might just become a staple in your recipe book!


1/2 white onion, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic
few sprigs of fresh thyme
1.5 lbs extra lean ground beef
1 tsp dry oregano
1 tsp dry basil
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp tomato paste (heaping)
1 tin crushed tomatoes
1 tin diced tomatoes
1 tin black beans, drained and rinsed
2 bay leaves


In the 8″ skillet, turn the heat to low and sweat the chopped onion, carrot and garlic together by adding the lid and stirring every so often- the moisture from the onions create steam to hydrate the skillet so nothing sticks.  Add the thyme and stir again.

After a few minutes, add the ground beef and turn the heat up to medium. Stir every so often and then press meat down, put lid on and let cook for 5 minutes. Remove lid and stir.

Add spices (oregano, basil, chili powder) and tomato paste. Stir again.

Add tin of crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and tin of black beans plus a couple of bay leaves. Stir.

Put lid on and cook until whistle goes off. Keep lid ajar to avoid splattering and turn heat down or turn off stove until ready to eat.

– Chef Warren at