Sicilian Meat Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours


3 quarts

Updated: Sep. 23, 2023
People have told me this is better than the gravy their Sicilian grandmothers used to make. But don’t tell the older generation that! —Emory Doty, Jasper, Georgia
Sicilian Meat Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 pounds bone-in country-style pork ribs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 to 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed or diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped capers, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or additional beef broth
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown pork ribs in batches; transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Add remaining oil to Dutch oven; saute onion for 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more. Add next 11 ingredients. Pour in broth and red wine; bring to a light boil. Transfer to slow cooker. Cook, covered, until pork is tender, about 6 hours.
  3. Discard bay leaves. Remove meat from slow cooker; shred or pull apart, discarding bones. Return meat to sauce. Serve over pasta; if desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 157 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 442mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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