Zema Estate
2 July 2021 | Zema Estate

Mrs Zema's Tomato Sauce Recipe

Nonna’s tomato sauce is the foundation for many of the great authentic Italian meals she makes: pizza, pasta, or my favourite… Italian meatballs.
~ Demetrio Zema

Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 ½ hours

Wine Pairing
Depending on its use, Mrs Zema’s tomato sauce can be paired with just about any of our Coonawarra wines. Pair pizza with Cluny Cabernet Merlot, and Italian Meatballs with Shiraz.

4 tablespoons of good-quality olive oil (Hint: Mrs Zema’s Olive Oil is a good option)
300g pork ribs
2 small brown onions
¼ cup of water
2 cloves of garlic (skin left on)
2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of Mrs Zema’s Chilli Paste or dried chilli flakes
6-8 fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1400g tomato passata
Salt and pepper to taste

Peel and dice the onions
Heat the olive oil in a fry pan over medium heat
Add the pork ribs and cook for a few minutes
Add the diced onions to the fry pan and cook for a few minutes
Add ¼ cup of water
Add garlic, passata, salt, dried oregano, chilli paste and tomato paste to the pan and stir.
Reduce heat to the lowest setting, cover and continue to cook for 2 ½ hours, stirring occasionally.
Remove the pork ribs and give it one last stir.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy with family + friends!
Download recipe PDF here.

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