Simple, Elegant, Authentic Meat Sauce

Simple, Elegant, Authentic Meat Sauce

I tried making an authentic restaurant-quality dish with what I had at home.
If you can just mince everything, the rest is very simple.

Ingredients: fills up one small pot

Ground beef or mixed ground meat
400 g
Garlic, minced
about 2 tablespoons
Olive oil
about 4-5 tablespoons
Cooking sake
as needed
Canned diced tomatoes
1 can
Bay leaf
about 2
Ketchup : Japanese Worcestershire-style sauce
2:1 ratio
Soup stock cube
Black pepper
a small amount
1 heaped teaspoon
Plain flour
1 heaped teaspoon
a small amount


1. Add the olive oil and garlic to a pot and cook on low heat. Once the garlic becomes aromatic add the minced onion and carrot and cook.
2. Once the onions become transparent add the ground meat and cooking sake. Once the meat changes color sprinkle in the flour evenly, mixing quickly to avoid clumping.
3. Add the canned tomatoes, bay leaf, and soup stock and simmer.
4. Add the ketchup and Worcestershire-style sauce while checking the taste. (I add about 10 squirts of ketchup and 5 of the Worcestershire-style sauce.)
5. Once you've got the flavor you want adjust with black pepper, salt, and sugar, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaf.
6. If you're going to freeze it, freeze it as-is. Add powdered cheese right before serving for a rich flavor.

Story Behind this Recipe

I asked for input from my husband and finally came up with something good. I wrote this down from memory.
I always make a lot and freeze it.
About 6-7 ladles' worth!