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Mock Meat Sauce Recipe for Four- Sugo Finto per Quattro


In Tuscany, the word sugo by itself means meat sauce. Sugo finto, mock meat sauce, is made like meat sauce, but the meat is left out. As the title suggests, it serves 4.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1 pound ripe or canned plum tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 6-inch stick of celery
  • A bunch of parsley
  • 5 leaves of basil, if it’s in season
  • 1/2 glass red wine
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • A pound of short pasta, such as penne or butterflies
  • Grated Parmigiano


Mince the onion, carrots, celery, and parsley; sauté them in 6 spoonfuls of oil till the onion’s translucent. Add the wine and cook over very low heat till most of the liquid’s evaporated. Add the tomatoes, check seasoning, and simmer twenty more minutes. Meanwhile, cook and drain the pasta. Stir the sugo and the basil leaves into the pasta, and serve with grated cheese to taste.

Yield: Pasta with mock meat sauce for four.

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