Mama's Pasta

by Teresa Iuro
(Downers Grove, IL)

Being Polish, I grew up with very bland food. I married a full blooded Italian and wanted to learn how to cook what he liked so I asked my mother-in-law's help. After nights of wine and direction I finally got it but tweaked it to where he likes mine better than his mom's. Even my father-in-law has complimented me! This is a pig out favorite....servings are probably 12 but last time four of us finished it all...


  • 1 lb 90% lean ground beef
  • 6 links Italian sausage (hot or mild)
  • 1 pkg of pork neck bones (about 8 in pkg)
  • 4 28oz cans of plain tomato sauce (not seasoned)
  • 1/2 cup each of dried oregano and basil
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 cup of sweet wine like white zinfandel
  • 1 lb cooked pasta of your choice
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 huge deep pot and one large saute pan


  • Brown ground beef in large pot turn off heat.
  • In skillet heat one Tbsp olive oil and brown the neckbones on all sides....add to larger pot.
  • In the same skillet brown the Italian sausage and add that to the larger pot.
  • Open the cans of tomato sauce, measure out the oregano, basil, garlic, wine and add to large pot with the meat.
  • Mix everything together and bring to a slow boil.
  • Keep lid on pot but cracked open so the sauce can cook down and thicken.
  • Let cook at least 4 hours for everything to get tender and flavors to meld.
  • Occasionally mix during that time

    When finished I put all the meat in one bowl and pasta with sauce in another and add Parmesan cheese on top....OMG MANGIA!!

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    Oct 01, 2009
    that much herbs
    by: marisa in australia

    I'm also sure the herb measurements are wrong 1/2 cup of each!!! definately wrong maybe 1/2 tsp each

    Sep 10, 2009
    by: Anonymous

    Ditto on the spice measurements question...I'm sure that's simply an over sight. Would you make the correction for us because the recipe really sounds great?

    Aug 30, 2009
    Yummy & DELISH
    by: CiCi

    Mama's Pasta is really good! I'm her daughter, and my mom makes that pasta all the time! I can smell it cooking when I come home from school. My friends like it too.

    Aug 29, 2009
    Old Italian Cook
    by: pharmgirl

    I just read your recipe and I have to question the 1/2 cup measure of oregano and basil ! REALLY !

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