Extra-Meaty Pasta Sauce

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 8


  • 1 pkg 400 g mild or hot Italian sausages
  • 1 tbsp 15 mL olive oil
  • 450 g 1 lb pork shoulder boneless roast
  • 450 g 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 pkg 125 g sliced smoked ham, minced
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 green pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 lb 225 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large can 28 oz/794 g crushed tomatoes
  • 2 large cans 56 oz/1.59 kg diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can 5.5 oz/156 g tomato paste
  • 30 ml 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper


  1. Slice sausages in half lengthwise; remove and discard the casing.
  2. In a large pot, heat oil over high heat. Add pork roast and sear on all sides. Remove from pot and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, sauté sausage meat, ground pork and ham. Once meat is seared, add onions, celery, green pepper and garlic. Continue sautéing, stirring frequently until meat is cooked and vegetables are soft. Add crushed and diced tomatoes, tomato paste and seasoning. Bring to a boil and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Return pork shoulder to pot, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 2 to 3 hours until pork is tender. Remove from pot, shred using two forks and return meat to sauce.
  5. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve over your favourite pasta.